First Team

Uche's praise

16th September 2018

Uche Ikpeazu admits yesterday’s match with Motherwell was “a battle” but has praised his teammates for standing firm and bagging yet another victory.

The Jambos emerged from Fir Park with all three points thanks to Steven Naismith’s first-half strike which was set up after a 50-50 challenge between Uche and Well goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

Uche states the challenge was a fair one and, despite thinking he wasn’t on top form, is prepared to sacrifice himself for the better of the team as long as they get results.

“It was a grind,” he said. “We got there in the end thanks to Naisy, so we’re all buzzing for him and for the result.

“It was a battle. First half especially was really difficult and I had to put myself about for the team.

“With the collision with their keeper, I went for the ball. It was a short back pass, and I went in with an honest challenge, it was a fifty-fifty ball and I hope he’s alright.

“I would have had a blast from the boss if I hadn’t gone into the challenge wholeheartedly.

“It was difficult all game, Motherwell like to get over the top of you, they’re very physical and they get stuck in. Sometimes you just have to be a battering ram for the team and this was one of those days.

“It wasn’t even my best game, and the supporters were still singing my name, still encouraging me and we need that support.

“The best is yet to come from me and I’ll keep working hard for the team.”