Jamie Walker hailed his team-mates’ ability to ‘dig out results’ as Hearts earned a hard-fought point in Saturday’s Edinburgh derby clash with Hibs at Tynecastle.
The Jambos’ No. 7 was on the scoresheet, netting a sensational 25-yard strike to level the match after Jason Cummings had put the Hibees into the lead in the first half.
After the match, the winger disclosed that he felt the team deserved special praise for managing to dig deep even when not playing to their own high standards, as he discussed the events of the previous 90 minutes.
“I think we have shown a good ability as a squad throughout this season to dig out results,” said Walker. “Hibs played well, but we managed to stick in there because we did not want to be losing our unbeaten run. We don’t want to lose it at all, but especially not at home against Hibs. The boys deserve a lot of credit for being able to do that.
“Hibs were good in the first 20 or 30 minutes of the match, but we managed to stay in the game during that period and I then thought that we played quite well ourselves in the second half.
"The boys go out every week and expect that we are going to win. That is the mentality you need to have, it’s just that sometimes you don’t win every match.”
In the aftermath of his away end-silencing strike, Walker was booked for what he described as ‘over-excitement’ in his celebration, but did admit that his goal was ‘probably the best’ he’d ever scored, and claimed that he should have known better with his celebratory gestures.
“That is probably the best goal I have ever scored and I’m just delighted that it brought the boys a point at the end of the day. I was just a bit over-excited with my celebration after I scored. I know that you cannot do that anymore, so I deserved a yellow card.”
Despite enjoying a 13-point lead after the weekend's fixtures, Jamie stressed nobody was getting carried away with the lead at the top - or the unbeaten run.
“Can we stay unbeaten? I think we have got the talent and the ability within the team to do so,” he said.
“But there are still an awful lot of hard games to go. We go to face Rangers at Ibrox in a couple of weeks and we also have to return to face Hibs at Easter Road, so there are tough places left to visit.
“No-one at this club will start celebrating anything until it is mathematically impossible for us to be caught in the league. There is still an awful lot play for in the remaining weeks of the season and no-one here is thinking that things are done and dusted."