Hearts manager Paulo Sergio hails Sutton double strike

Paulo Sergio
Sergio was pleased to see John Sutton score his first goals for Hearts

Hearts manager Paulo Sergio singled out the contribution of striker John Sutton in his side's 3-0 home victory against Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.

Sutton netted his first two goals for the club after signing up in June when he left Motherwell.

"It was very important for the team and for John too," said Sergio.

"It was good that he started striking, because he's a very honest guy and I'm sure he will improve his football."

The Englishman's two goals for Hearts came after Arvydas Novikovas fired the Tynecastle club ahead - the first a conversion from a David Templeton cross and the second went in after he nudged past Dons keeper David Gonzalez to seal the victory.

Hearts have now ended a run of two straight defeats and notched up their first league victory of the current campaign and Sergio was pleased that Sutton had contributed to the win.

"When a new striker arrives at a new club, you always want to show everything and the supporters are waiting to see what he can do," added Sergio.

"Sometimes, the players don't know how to deal with that pressure.

"But I'm happy - first of all with the result because we didn't get a victory in the league up until now.

"We needed this victory to build some confidence and make the players believe what we are trying to do.

"I liked seeing some improvements in the positional game - we are not making as many mistakes as we did before and I liked very much the attitude of the players.

"They wanted to win the game - and that's very important - but it wasn't an easy game.

"I liked what my players did - they had the personality and they went to the game with courage and tried to make the best of it.

"I think they did it well, but there is still much to do and improve, but a win is always important."

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