First Team

Reilly on the spot

17th January 2016

Striker makes it three goals in four games during 6-0 destruction of Motherwell.

Netting his third goal in four games was the icing on the cake for Gavin Reilly as he put in another fine performance in Saturday’s demolition of Motherwell.

Goals from Igor Rossi, Osman Sow, Reilly, Callum Paterson, Juanma and Arnaud Djoum gave the Jambos a memorable victory in front of a sold-out and snow-covered Tynecastle.

The former Queen of the South star netted from the spot after winning a penalty himself in the 6-0 rout of the Steelmen, and Reilly praised his teammates for their tempo and tenacity.

“We came out the traps flying from kick-off,” said Reilly. “Three goals in the first twenty minutes won us the game, so you can’t ask for more. We didn’t even sit back in the second half.

“We went out and killed the game off properly and professionally. To score six goals with six different scorers shows our quality all over the park. Hearts is a great place to be right now.”

Gavin has been forced to wait for his chance to shine, but with a spot opening up due to Juanma’s red card against St Johnstone, the Dumfries-born forward has grabbed the bull by the horns to keep his place in the side.

“I’m just happy to finally get my chance, and a run of games,” explained the striker. “The Celtic game was a big opportunity for me, and I’m glad I’ve taken my opportunity to impress.

“Folk are critical of strikers who don’t score, rightly, but as long as I’m contributing and keeping my place, I’m happy. To be scoring goals regularly now is a bonus for me.”

Robbie Neilson had commented that he believed last weekend’s Scottish Cup victory over Aberdeen could be a catalyst for the remainder of the season, and Reilly agreed with his manager’s assessment.

Stating that beating their nearest rivals with such a polished display had made them believe in themselves, he now had his eyes set on two prizes - catching the Dons and eliminating Hibs from the Scottish Cup.

“We’re very confident in our ability. Beating Aberdeen gave us such a boost, we felt it put a marker down to beat them so well on our own patch, and we know every game is going to be a big one now.

“We’ve only lost one in the last eleven, but we’ve had draws that we should have won, and we should be nearer to Celtic, but we’ve got a long way to go yet.

“We’re expecting a huge day against Hibs, but we’ve got two big games in the league before then. That’s our bread and butter, the Hibs game is in the back of our mins, but we need to hunt down Aberdeen now.”