First Team

Uche off to a flyer

25th July 2018

Uche Ikpeazu praises fans for spurring team to victory and promises there's more to come

Uche Ikpeazu has praised the Hearts support for spurring them on to victory against Cowdenbeath last night.

The Jambos came flying out the traps in the second half, knocking five goals past their opponents to set up a final day showdown with Inverness CT, with the winner advancing on to the next stage of the Betfred Cup.

Uche came off the bench to bag both a goal and the man of the match award, giving the big striker an experience to remember.

Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “It was a great debut in front of the home fans; scoring and getting the man of the match.

“It was just like I dreamt it. Most importantly, though, we got the win.

“I was surprised (to be given the man of the match award), to be fair. I think the team did well. It could’ve been given to anyone.

“Everyone was good in the second half but it’s good. It’s an added bonus.

“But like I said, I want to help the team and score goals. Whatever happens, happens and all those are bonuses.

“It’s good to feel appreciated. Let’s hope that continues!

“The support really pushed the team on in the second half because we needed those extra goals to sit them back and let them know that we were in control. It was a really good support yesterday.”

Hearts have had 66 shots at goal over the course of their three Betfred Cup group stage matches so far. That type of creativity is music to a striker’s ears, but Uche readily admits he has to put the work in so that the goals keep on coming.

“You know you’ve got players here who can create and who can score goals, so when you know there are going to be chances created for you it’s a good thing for a striker,” he said. “It gives you that urge to get into the box because you know you’re going to get good deliveries, there are going to be crosses into the box like there were yesterday.

“It’s very encouraging. I want to score a lot of goals and I want to do well for Hearts.

“I’m buzzing but there is loads more to come. I need work harder and I want to score more goals.

“At the end of the day it’s down to me as a player. I’ve got to be willing to take good advice on board and be patient.”

Uche’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV