Goal-hungry Jambos give Neilson ‘great options’

Osman Sow scored for the first time since October with his double against Cowdenbeath
Osman Sow scored for the first time since October with his double against Cowdenbeath
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ROBBIE NEILSON admits Hearts now have an abundance of players eager to score goals following the record-breaking 10-0 win over Cowdenbeath.

Several strikers are back from injury and midfielders are finding the net, leaving the Tynecastle head coach with an embarrassment of riches for the Scottish Championship run-in.

Dutchman Genero Zeefuik is the man in form with eight goals in his first seven games since joining on loan from FC Groningen. Osman Sow scored for the first time since October with his double against Cowdenbeath, and wingers Sam Nichsolon and Jamie Walker both etched their names on the scoresheet.

James Keatings, Billy King and Kenny Anderson have also been amongst the goals recently, while Gary Oliver is fighting to make the bench and Dale Carrick remains injured. Neilson is enthused by the hunger for goals within his squad as Hearts look to secure the league title within the next month.

“We started with Genero up front on Saturday,” said Neilson today. “We had King, Walker and Nicholson behind him. We’ve got Kenny Anderson, James Keatings, Osman Sow and Soufian El Hassnaoui on the bench. We’ve got some great options. When you’re 5-0 or 6-0 up and it gets to sixty minutes, the game often goes flat. People just want to see it out. We made a triple substitution on Saturday by bringing three strikers on who are desperate to score goals. That gave everyone a lift and gave people that energy to keep going. We’re lucky to have that.”

Meanwhile, Hearts Under-20s are in action tomorrow against Dundee United in the SPFL Development League. The match takes place at Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy, with a 2pm kick-off.