First Team

Strong response needed

22nd February 2016

Sam Nicholson is confident Hearts will bounce back following two straight defeats.

Sam Nicholson was disappointed as Hearts fell to a 2-1 defeat to Dundee United in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership encounter.

After going a goal and a man down following a two-minute blow where Jordan McGhee was sent off, and Guy Demel opened the scoring, Hearts took over the match in the second half with Jamie Walker scoring a terrific equaliser.

A late Paul Paton strike, however, condemned the Jam Tarts their first league defeat of 2016.

“We were searching for a winning goal, in total control I thought, and they’ve scored a wonder goal to win it, which is obviously really disappointing for us,” said Nicholson.

“We need to be creating more chances, and then making sure we take them. The first half just wasn’t good enough, we didn’t pass the ball well at all and we didn’t threaten them in any way.”

Despite the defeat, Sam is confident the team has the strength to return to winning ways against Kilmarnock next weekend.

“We’ve not had many setbacks in the last two years, but we know we’ve got the character and the strength to bounce back from it. We had a great start to the season with five wins in a row.

“We then lost three in a row and then didn’t lose again for almost three months. It’s been a tough week for us, but I believe in the boys and I know we’ll respond to this in the right manner.”