First Team

Sam: Important win

19th April 2015

Winger pleased to recover from derby defeat with victory over Raith Rovers.

Sam Nicholson admitted it was important for Hearts to bounce back in the correct manner after last week’s Edinburgh derby defeat.

The Jambos recovered from last week’s setback to earn a comfortable 2-1 victory over Raith Rovers at a sunny Tynecastle.

Nicholson opened the scoring in the first half, with Soufian El Hassnaoui adding a second after the interval before Calum Elliot reduced the arrears.

After the game, Sam stated it was crucial that Hearts got back to winning ways after what he described as a ‘bad performance’ in the defeat to Hibs.

“It’s good to get back to winning ways,” said Nicholson. “It was important to bounce back after what was a really bad performance from our point of view.

“We did the right things, and got the three points. It seems hard for us to get up for games now that the league’s won, but the gaffer wants us to play for pride.

“He’s been drilling it into us all week in training that we need to go out and prove why we’re champions in our last 3 games.”

Following the title win, Robbie Neilson stated that he wanted to break the Scottish second tier points record - 89 points - and to reach 100 league goals for the campaign.

Lying on 87 points and 92 goals, only one of these seems achievable realistically, but Sam refused to rule out the possibility of a dramatic finale to the season.

“Well it’ll be hard but we can get two 4-0 wins!” he laughed. “Cowdenbeath next week won’t be easy, it won’t be 10-0 again, but we’ll try to win the match properly.”

Lastly, the winger conceded he was slightly disappointed with his own personal goal tally, with Saturday’s strike his fifth of the campaign.

“I need to bring more goals into my game,” Sam remarked. “I don’t score enough to be honest. I’ve only got the five, which isn’t a lot.

“I’ve scored more with my left foot than my right, which is my stronger foot, so maybe that’s where I’ve gone wrong. Maybe I’ll need to be left footed from now on, and then I’ll score more!”