First Team

Strong squad pleases Cowie

12th September 2016

Comeback against Accies shows just how strong a squad we've got, insists Cowie.

Don Cowie believes the Jambos’ second half comeback against Hamilton Accies shows just how strong the Hearts squad has become.

Having dominated the first half, Robbie Neilson’s men found themselves a goal down within minutes of the restart courtesy of a close range Ali Crawford strike.

Hearts soon pulled level, however, with substitute Sam Nicholson making a big difference. His pin-point delivery set-up Jamie Walker’s leveler, before the latter put Hearts ahead from the penalty spot.

Nicholson wrapped things up deep into injury time with a fine volley and the captain for the day, Don Cowie, believes the attacker’s impact goes to show just how strong a squad Robbie Neilson has at his disposal.

Speaking to the press post-match, Cowie said:

“The one thing we said, especially at half-time, was that you can’t win the game in the first half every week.

“Last time at home we were 3-0 up against Inverness after 40 minutes, but it’s not going to be like that every game. So we have to be patient.

“We know we’ve got a squad now where, if we can’t get a goal, then we can change things because we’ve got so much quality.

“That’s exactly what happened on Saturday. Sam Nicholson came on and made a huge impact. There’s a good 20 odd players in the squad and they’ll all get their chance here.

“We’re all in this together, we’re all striving to make an impact in the league and we’re going to need every player.

"We believe we can make a real impact in the league this year. Time will tell whether we can challenge right at the top, but we now find ourselves in second place.

“We got a bit of stick after our first few results, but we always said we believed in ourselves and I think you can see that now.

“What we’re doing now is striving for consistency. We’ve managed to win three games on the bounce, but let’s see if we can make it four next week.

“We’ll have another tough game next week at McDiarmid Park. It’s a place where we’ve struggled recently, so that’s something we want to put right.”