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Hearts coach hails Abiola Dauda after brace

11 February 2016, 14:47Israel Ojoko

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.

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