England-born Nigerian forward Uche Ikpeazu is pleased with Hearts of Midlothian's fighting spirit in the Scottish Premier League (SPL).
The Jambos emerged 1-0 winners against Motherwell thanks to Steven Naismith’s first-half strike which was set up after a 50-50 challenge between Ikpeazu and Well goalkeeper Trevor Carson last weekend.
Ikpeazu stated that the challenge was a fair one and, despite thinking he wasn’t on top form, is prepared to sacrifice himself for the better of the team as long as they get results.
“It was a grind. We got there in the end thanks to Naisy, so we’re all buzzing for him and for the result. It was a battle. First-half especially was really difficult and I had to put myself about for the team," Ikpeazu told the club's official website.
“With the collision with their keeper, I went for the ball. It was a short back pass, and I went in with an honest challenge, it was a fifty-fifty ball and I hope he’s alright.
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The victory saw Hearts remain at the top of the league standings having won their first five games of the 2018/19 campaign.
Ikpeazu, 23, has netted once in five league games this season and he believes that he will score a lot of goals for the team.
“I would have had a blast from the boss if I hadn’t gone into the challenge wholeheartedly. It was difficult all game, Motherwell like to get over the top of you, they’re very physical and they get stuck in," he added.
"Sometimes you just have to be a battering ram for the team and this was one of those days. It wasn’t even my best game, and the supporters were still singing my name, still encouraging me and we need that support.
“The best is yet to come from me and I’ll keep working hard for the team.”
Catch the 2018/19 Scottish Premiership Highlights show on Fox Sports 1 tonight (Thursday, September 20) at 19h30 CAT.