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15th February 2015

Winger nets eighth goal of dazzling season as Hearts go 20 points clear.

Jamie Walker netted his eighth goal of the season as he helped Hearts defeat Livingston 1-0 in Saturday’s Scottish Championship clash at Tynecastle.

The winger got the break of the ball and showed great composure to round Darren Jamieson and rattle home the winning goal, and Jamie conceded he got a slice of luck.

“I got a lucky break for the goal,” admitted Walker. “It was a great ball inside from Adam, I took a bit of a heavy touch and it ricocheted off the defender. 

“Keatsy laid me back in, and it was a good finish, I thought. I’m scoring more goals now, and I’m always looking to continue to impress.

“As the game went on, we knew we were going to have to battle for it. It really wasn’t a great game of football, but we relish the chance to show a different side of us, and to show our character.”

With Rangers losing to Hibs on Friday night, the Jambos had their chance - and took it - to extend their lead to 20 points, something which Robbie Neilson also stated had added pressure on his side ahead of today’s game.

Walker agreed with his manager, concluding that, although that result added pressure, the Hearts supporters would expect their side to win each game, regardless of anybody else.

“The result last night went for us, but it added a bit more pressure on us to get the win.

“There’s always pressure in front of our fans, we do feel the weight of expectation. We’re expected to win every game in this league, and although it can be difficult, we’ll try to do that.”