Date: 14th January 2016 at 8:47am
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Hearts, who are we now know will face Edinburgh rivals Hibernian in round five, saw off Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen on Saturday with an early goal enough to secure a one-nil win.

Callum Paterson early header, after just three-minutes, proved the difference between the sides with Robbie Nielson delighted by the win, which he told the Official Website he felt was deserved with him praising the defensive display against one of ‘the top teams’ in the county.

‘We’re really pleased to get through, especially against one of the top teams in Scotland. Aberdeen are the team we’re looking to overhaul at the moment, so to know we can beat them is a great boost. We played some great football in the first half, passed the ball well and created chances. We should have killed the game off while we were on top. Aberdeen showed why they’re a top team in Scotland with how they responded. They came into it in the second half but I thought we defended really well and we deserved the win.’

This cleansheet, seeing out the lead for the majority of the game, proved for Neilson that Hearts can hold onto a lead with it often claimed defending a lead isn’t something Hearts could do but the Head Coach, whilst going on to admit games do need to be ‘killed off’, hopes this can now be the case but ‘defence won us the game’ on the day.

Arnaud Djoum, also speaking on the Official Website felt it was an important win for Hearts to show they can compete with the likes of Aberdeen with his only disappointment being the win wasn’t greater than it was.

‘The game was very good. You can see we played very well today, and we are especially happy with our first half performance. It was important for us to prove that we can beat Aberdeen and that we can compete with them as well, particularly after the last two games. We should have won the match by more than one goal.’

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