Jack Ross has hailed the attitude of all his players after Hearts U20s brushed aside Inverness CT 6-1 at the Hearts Football Academy yesterday.
The U20s Player Development Manger watched on in delight as a first-half brace from Gary Oliver and a Dale Carrick strike set the Wee Jambos on their way to a thumping victory.
Ian Smith and Robbie Buchanan put the young maroons 5-0 up in the second period, though the visitors pulled one back through a delightful Calum Ferguson lob.
With the last kick of the ball, Liam Henderson rounded off an impressive afternoon’s scoring for Hearts, which means they’ve now won two games on the bounce.
Speaking exclusively to Hearts News at full-time, Jack said: “It was a good performance.
“After last week I said that I enjoyed, from the players’ point of view, that they’ve won a game late on because likewise they’ve lost a few games in that manner this season. For them to go on and win the game against Inverness CT like they did is pleasing.
“We had a couple of ‘experienced’ players, but Jason Holt and Dale Carrick are still very young, and Gary Oliver is still under 20-years of age. Their attitude was terrific.
“Jason is a fantastic boy to work with, both at first-team level and when he comes down to play at U20s. We keep seeing an improvement in the younger ones as well.
“Ian Smith was terrific, I’m really pleased that he scored because he’s been desperate for a goal. He’s our youngest full-timer and he’s really kicked-on in the last few months.
“I’m pleased for him and pleased overall.”