Jamie Walker believes the sold-out Tynecastle support played a huge role in helping Hearts to a memorable win over Aberdeen on Friday night.
Trailing to a Simon Church goal, Hearts produced an impressive comeback thanks to two goals from Juanma. Walker provided a superb assist for the winning goal, his cross on the stretch fired with pinpoint accuaracy onto the blonde barnet of the Spanish striker on the hour-mark.
After the match, Walker admitted that Aberdeen could have been out of sight after their blistering start to the game.
“The first ten to fifteen minutes were really poor,” he explained. “We probably should have been more than one goal down but we had to work hard to get back into it.
“Neil’s made some good saves to keep us in it and we had to defend well later into the game, but I thought we were the better side. Once we levelled it, we didn’t look back.”
The viral infeciton which wrecked havoc with the squad in the days leading up to the game meant the Jambos had just one day's training to prepare for the visit of the Dons. Walker was therefore delighted with the comeback and credited the Tynecastle faithful for roaring the players to victory.
“The fans helped us get over the line, some of the lads were dying on their feet,” explained Walker. “Some boys were grateful for the rest but most of us were sick, and didn’t get a chance to prepare.
“It’s never ideal to have one day to prepare for such a big game but I think it just showed how much quality we have that we were still able to win.”
Finally, in the minds of the Hearts squad, the race for second place is still firmly on. Hearts have still to play Aberdeen one more time before the end of the season, and with the Jambos heading to Inverness on Tuesday, the gap could be cut to six points going into the split.
“We’re still aiming for Aberdeen. We can catch them,” he insisted. “It shows the ambition we have that we don’t want to settle for third place. As long as it’s possible to catch them, we won’t give up and we’ll keep going.
“We’ve got a game in hand, and we still need to play Aberdeen again. Winning this game keeps our season alive and keeps us going, so now we can go to Inverness on Tuesday and know how important a win is.”