Accra Hearts of Oak head coach Frank Nuttall admits it was always going to be difficult to beat a team battling relegation after his side snatched all three points away from Elmina Sharks.

Goals from Thomas Abbey and Kwame Kizito ensured Hearts took home their first away three points of the second round with a hard fought 2-0 victory over Elmina Sharks last Sunday.

A delighted Nuttall told after the game: “It was always going to be a very difficult game because Elmina Sharks are trying really very hard to stay in the league. But I thought we had the mental focus and the quality to make sure we won the game.”

The visitors had to weather an early storm from Sharks before Abbey opened the scoring with a brilliant finish. Four minutes after that, Kizito capitalized on a defensive blunder to double the lead.

“It was a very good goal and he [Abbey] took it so very well and you know when you are playing away from home, it is not so easy to settle early but we took our opportunities very, very, well in the first half. And Thomas took his chance – great goal,” Nuttall said.

He added: “Kizito’s goal was very good as well because he showed a lot of composure in a one-v-one situation and so that was cool.”

The Phobians kept a clean-sheet for the third consecutive game since switching formation and Nuttall was satisfied with the performance of his defense.

“They did very well today [against Sharks] and maybe we will stay with that for the next game,” he concluded.