Goalscorer Grant Holt focused on winning promotion with Hibs

23 February 2017

Grant Holt was delighted to end his goal drought in the 3-1 William Hill Scottish Cup replay win over Hearts on Wednesday night, but remains focused on league ambitions.

The 35-year year old striker, who joined Hibs last summer after leaving Rochdale, had not scored since notching in the 2-0 Ladbrokes Championship win over St Mirren in October.

However, he showed no signs of rustiness as he slotted past Jambos keeper Jack Hamilton at Easter Road from a Jason Cummings pass, after his fellow Hibs forward had opened the scoring.

Substitute Andrew Shinnie added a third before Hearts striker Esmael Goncalves scored a consolation for the visitors as Hibs booked a quarter-final tie at home to fellow Championship side Ayr United.

As pleased as he was to get his fourth goal of the season, Holt remains clear on his remit, which is to take Hibs back into the top flight.

The former Norwich striker told Hibs TV: "You want to score and you want to score in a derby.

"The drought went back to October so it was about time I started scoring. But the boys have been good, a bit of banter here and there but I am happy.

"I am playing football, winning games and we are seven points clear in the league.

"I have always said that my aim is to get Hibs back up to the Ladbrokes Premiership.

"I said at the start of the season I don't care if I score one goal or 50 goals, my aim is to get us up by hook or by crook."

Much was made of the poor Tynecastle pitch in the goalless first game and there was a school of thought which believed the Easter Road surface would better suit the Ladbrokes Premiership side.

However, Hibs dominated the game and were worthy winners, with manager Neil Lennon describing his side as "magnificent."

"The pitch at Hearts didn't suit us at all because we like to move the ball, we like to pass," said Holt.

"We have people who can run in behind, players who can hurt teams.

"We couldn't really do that the other week and it turned into a bit of a fight for them and us.

"But the lads worked hard (in the replay), we passed and moved the ball well, we turned them when we needed to turn them and they couldn't live with us."