A pleasing sight for Hearts fans, whilst seeing the Jambos progress to the Scottish Cup semi-finals, was seeing Uche Ikpeazu end his goalscoring drought.
The 6’3” Englishman hadn’t scored since netting the winner in the 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in August. In fairness, he was injured for nearly four months (between October and February) but the goal is certainly a welcome sight.
Plenty of pros
After all, it’s all that is missing from his game. In Levein’s first spell as Hearts manager, he signed Mark de Vries and you wouldn’t blame the fans for noticing some similarities between Ikpeazu and the Dutchman.
He’s a perfect mould. Tall, immense strength, he’s not slow by any manner of means. All that’s missing is a goalscoring prowess, whether it be with his head or either foot.
He may have missed the Jambos’ second penalty on the night but the crowd can sense his frustration when he doesn’t score. At the same time though, they appreciate him putting a shift in.
Constantly looking to harass defenders, Ikpeazu is a big physical unit that they look to try and deal with. A total nuisance, it’s no surprise when defenders look to double up on him. As important at creating goals as he is scoring them, there’s more to Ikpeazu than meets the eye.
Partick seem pretty petty
People will be quick to point out that Partick Thistle are lower league opposition. However, if Gary Caldwell’s side were such a breeze, Hearts wouldn’t have needed the replay which set up Ikpeazu’s goal.
The Partick manager was quick to highlight the handful that the Jambos’ number 19 is.
“He tumbles like my little girl in the park,” Caldwell told the Daily Record.
The goal has come at the perfect time for Ikpeazu and his teammates.