Edinburgh - Coach of Hearts Robbie Neilson has described striker
Abiola Dauda as “different class” after the Nigerian scored twice to seal a 3-0
victory against Ross County on Wednesday.
Dauda, who signed joined Hearts on transfer deadline day on
loan from Vitesse Arnhem, stole the show for his injury-hit side when he scored
twice in the last six minutes to secure the three points after Jamie Walker’s
opener for Hearts shortly after half-time.
Dauda’s cameo suggests Neilson was right when he said the
striker is a better all-round player than China-bound Osman Sow, who he was
signed to replace.
“He changed the game for us, he is quality. He is probably
not 100 per cent fit. He had a full 90 minutes on Sunday in the derby which is
probably more than he should have had given his injuries and problems we have
had,” said Neilson on The Scotsman.
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“But tonight he got 30 minutes. We are just trying to build
him up slowly.
“The first goal was different class,” he added. “It was a
top, top finish. No one is expecting him to hit it, there’s no backlift and it
goes in the bottom corner. That’s the sign of a good striker.
“That’s him on two games two goals, and I hope that
continues”. Neilson admitted his side rode their luck at times last night.
“We got a bit of luck in that one,” conceded the head coach
with reference to his side’s opener, which owed a lot to fortune after Jackson
Irvine’s attempted clearing header struck Walker and went into the net.
Hearts are now 11 points clear of fourth-placed County, and
have a game in hand.For
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