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Uche's words of thanks

26th August 2018

Uche Ikpeazu reveals why he made a beeline for the dugout after heading Hearts' winner at Kilmarnock

Uche Ikpeazu has revealed why he made a beeline for the dugout after heading Hearts’ winner at Kilmarnock yesterday.

The big striker’s glancing header from the edge of the box sealed a deserved victory for the Jambos at Rugby Park, in a match where Hearts hit the woodwork twice.

Uche embraced the coaching staff after sprinting towards the dugout and he said the reason why was twofold; to thank them for their help and to remind them that his goal-scoring ‘drought’ was over!

“I ran to the manager because he was going on at me about not scoring enough goals!” said Uche. “I wanted to see all the technical staff, because they’ve been brilliant and they’re always trying to get the best of me, with my heading, working on my left foot, my right foot, and I knew hard work would pay off.

“I’m buzzing to get back among the goals. I love scoring goals and I was happy to get the win.

“We could feel the goal coming, I was working hard as was the whole team, and you could see our determination and persevering pays off, as you saw with our rewards.”

With four goals in seven games, the towering frontman sets himself high standards. He believes he wasn’t at his best last week against Dunfermline, so spent all of the build up to yesterday’s game preparing himself to go out and put on a show.

“I need to be more consistent,” he said. “I wasn’t good enough last week, and I knew I had to be better this week. 

“The gaffer had a word with me and I knew what I had to do, but I just work hard and the best is yet to come.

“I know I’m a good player but I can be better, and I need to do more.

“I was waiting all week for this game, I was excited because I knew I had to put it right.

“The good thing about football is that you’re only a few days away from being able to put it right again.”