Alim Ozturk and Co aim to remain unbeaten at Tynecastle

Alim Ozturk
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Hearts aim to finish the season without losing a single match at home, according to centre-back Alim Ozturk.

The Turkish defender helped record a clean sheet in Sunday’s 5-0 win over Livingston and he believes opposing teams are now frightened coming to Tynecastle, where Hearts have won every game to date.

“We want to go through the season unbeaten at home. That is our aim,” he said. “Every week that we play at Tynecastle we don’t want to concede goals. We always want a clean sheet.

“Listen, sometimes you will concede, that happens in football, but we want to always win at home. We want the opposition to be scared and if you look at our recent results – 5-0, 5-1 and 4-1 – then I think you can see they are scared.

“If we score the first goal at home, then you see that we usually go on and score more and more. We drew 0-0 away against Dumbarton, so you can see what happens if we don’t score.

“It’s hard for us when we don’t break a team down when a team defends with eleven players. If you don’t score early - and we had chances in that game - then it’s hard for us.

“On Sunday, we scored the first goal and when we do that the opposition don’t know what’s happened to them. You can feel the crowd at home because the fans are always positive and give you a good feeling.

“It gives me a good feeling and you can see the confidence run through the team. We want more and more once we start because we are a young team. The signs are good.”

The SPFL Championship table makes pleasant reading for Ozturk and his colleagues, although the defender agreed with Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson that they could have scored more goals against Livingston.

“It’s a good feeling to be sitting top of the league but 5-0 against Livingston wasn’t enough. We must score more,” he continued. “It should have been 9-0 but their keeper had good saves. We can’t complain too much – it was a good game for us and it’s another clean sheet and a victory.

“The thing is that, at the end of the season, you don’t know whether you will need those goals, so it’s better to score them and make sure you don’t regret missing them.”