First Team

We'll bounce back

31st August 2015

Hearts captain determined to return to winning ways after international break.

Skipper Alim Ozturk admitted he was disappointed in Saturday’s loss to Hamilton Accies, and the circumstances surrounding the defeat.

The ten-man Jambos lost their 100% record in the Ladbrokes Premiership despite having taken the lead through Billy King and Callum Paterson, after falling behind in the first half.

Paterson was then shown a red card by referee Willie Collum for what the official interpreted as serious foul play following a collision with Hamilton’s Darian McKinnon, with a five minute melee following the incident.

With Hearts down to ten men, Accies took advantage to grab two quick goals and win the match.

After the game, the Turkish stopper was keen to emphasise how strongly the players want to right the wrongs of the 3-2 loss at New Douglas Park, while refusing to be drawn on his views of the sending off in detail.

“We’re disappointed about the result, we’re hungry and motivated and now we want to win the next game,” he said.

“If you want my opinion, it’s not a red card, and that’s changed the game, but it’s happened now. I have my feelings and I don’t want to say them.”

Head coach Robbie Neilson had previously stated that the team trains for 10 vs 11 situations in matches, and Ozturk confirmed this - although he pointed out that due to Hamilton equalising immediately, the proposed tactical switch never got a chance to be used effectively.

“It’s really difficult to go everywhere and win,” he continued. “The first half was not like us, we were better in the second half until the red card and it’s difficult to get organised quickly to play 10 vs 11.

“We train for many things because there are lots of possibilities in any match. They scored right after the red card, which ruins our game plan. It’s true that we train for red cards but we didn’t have enough time to use what we know.”