First Team

Sam: We want to keep winning

21st April 2014

Wing wizard Sam Nicholson reveals Jambos keen to keep winning run going.

Rising star Sam Nicholson insisted Hearts wouldn't stop fighting for the fans, despite relegation already being confirmed, as he reflected on Saturday's win over Ross County and looked ahead to next Sunday's derby with Hibs.

The Jam Tarts defeated the Staggies thanks to second half goals from Jamie Hamill and Dale Carrick - the striker's fourth goal in his last five games - despite finishing with 10 men.

After winning another man of the match award for his dazzling wing play, Sam outlined the importance of making sure Hearts won every game they could, and told reporters what it took to win the match on Saturday.

"It's definitely important to show we're still fighting to win the games", he explained. "We need to make sure we finish within 15 points would be a real boost. It's all done now, I suppose, but it's what we have at the moment."

"That was a hard game today. Especially in those sorts of conditions, we're not used to the sun here, it was roasting out there. Everyone's exhausted, especially Dale Carrick, he couldn't even stand at the end."

The last month has seen a dramatic upturn in form, with the Jambos taking 10 points from 12 in the past month. Sam admitted he was one player who took time to get to grips with what was expected of a top-flight footballer, but opined that he and his team-mates were now starting to show their true potential on the park, after another impressive victory.

"A lot of the players have taken time to improve - myself included - and we're all the same age roughly. It took us a long time to get used to the standards expected at this level but I think we're there now, it's just come a bit too late."

"I'm still getting used to it", he continued. "I'm still getting knocked off the ball a lot even now but I'm starting to get used to it. We've been told just to go out and play the way we can."

Lastly, Sam looked ahead to next week's Edinburgh derby clash at Easter Road, with the Jambos looking to add a fourth win of the season over their city rivals, as Hibs find themselves battling to avoid the SPFL play-offs, along with the other four sides in the bottom six, in what is proving to be a very exciting finish to the season.

He stressed that they would be going out to win the match for the supporters and for themselves, most importantly.

"Next week will be very interesting. It's a big game and we'd be going to win it regardless because it's Hibs, but it would be great if we could take them down with us. They'll be wanting to win, but so will we."

"We're not going out thinking 'let's relegate Hibs' like they would have been when they played us at Tynecastle, we just want to win the game for the fans and for us."