Daniel Stendel has hailed the impact of Oliver Bozanic after the Australian’s two big moments for Hearts over the last week.

First of all he scored the only goal of the game as the Jambos shocked Rangers 1-0 during a Scottish Cup quarter final match. It has set up an intriguing semi-final with Edinburgh rivals Hibs next month.

Oliver Bozanic has come in for Hearts praise.

Oliver Bozanic has come in for Hearts praise. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It was the Hibees who his next big moment was to come against. Bozanic netted the second goal during a huge win for Stendel’s side, securing a 3-1 victory away at Easter Road which lifted them off bottom prior to Hamilton’s stunning away win against Rangers.

After such a positive week heavily influenced by Bozanic’s two strikes, Hearts’ German leader has singled the Australian out for special praise.


“We know Bozanic’s quality,” said Stendel. “He works hard, he’s in defense a lot of the times when we need him. He’s scored two big goals for us and his confidence will climb. On Saturday we were happy about the result, the semi-final.

Delight in Gorgie. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“We are only looking at games in the league at the moment. We don’t do everything well but we try and do it better in every situation.

“Not only the players, me and the staff, we learned a lot of things from the last situation (not building on the win over Rangers in January). It was good that we showed we can learn. It’s the first game, the first step, we have many more to go.

“There’s ten games to go and if we play like this we have a really good chance (to stay up).”

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