Top line summary

  • Happy with his goal but frustrated not to pick up three points.
  • Hungry to succeed at a 'very big club'.
  • Goal helped ease frustration of exile in Berlin.
  • Elie Youan key in helping him settle.

Myziane Maolida spoke to the media after his goal and the 2-2 draw at Kilmarnock. Here's everything the Hibs forward to say.

How did you enjoy your performance today, and how important was it to score early in your time here?

“It makes me happy that I gave a good performance, but I am also a little bit sad because I wanted to win the game. It was important for me to get a goal so early in my time with Hibs, it’s good for my confidence. I’m happy to score my first goal – and I hope to score many more. But the fact that we didn’t win annoys me. Winning would have made me totally satisfied. It wasn’t only me, others came on with me to try to help the team and bring us back into the game. We managed to help the team come back, so we are happy with that.

How far away from full fitness do you feel?

“I don’t know about a percentage. But I’m better. I feel good. I just need to play more games and I’ll be fit, very fit.

Why did you want to move to Hibs?

“It was a big opportunity for me to come here, to join a very big club in Scotland, one of the best clubs. And I wanted to play every game. Because I had a difficult six months before coming here, personally. I wanted to come here and give my maximum, show my quality – and score goals. Many goals. Yes, I am hungry. I want to play and I want to score goals. And I want to show my qualities. That’s why I’ve come here. I’m very happy to be here and playing for Hibs. At Berlin, it was difficult because I didn’t play much. It’s not good for your head or your body. I just kept myself fit so there was a chance to go somewhere during the transfer market. I wanted to be ready for a move.

Was there an issue with the manager?

“I don’t know. I didn’t have a problem with the manager. But he didn’t take me into his team. So I just accepted that, kept training – and kept waiting for the transfer market to open.  Now that I’m playing here, I am focused on playing for Hibs.

How have you found Scottish football compared to France and Germany?

“It’s a very different way of playing here. Very different. Not like Ligue 1 or the Bundesliga. It’s a different style of football – but just as good. Scotland is a lot faster, there is a lot more fighting for the ball, physically competing, and that will be good for me, it will help me improve.

What do you want to achieve in your time here?

“It’s about being happy. I want to play for Hibs and take them as high up the league as possible. I was always smiling, but there were times when that was difficult. Because I wanted to play all the time. So it’s not easy for the head when the manager doesn’t pick you. That’s why I’m so happy to be here. I was so happy to score and so thankful to the supporters - to score in front of them was very special.

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"When the chance came, I didn’t think! I had come inside trying to help the team. I just hit it and enjoyed the feeling. It was a great sensation to see it go on. Yes, it was like the frustration being let out. It was such a good sensation to score in front of all those fans. You forget all the bad moments when something like this happens.

Has it been good to see Elie Youan again, and has he helped you settle?

“I’m so happy to be reunited with Elie. He’s been good to me. I spoke to him before coming here, asked him about the club, and he said so many good things. That made me more confident about coming here. He has helped me in the locker room, he’s showing me everything about the club. He is a good friend.

What do you feel is your best position?

“For me, I like to play in the centre, as a striker. But I can also play on the left. So for the coach it’s good to know he has a player who can play in different positions."