First Team

"We focus on ourselves"

4th October 2014

Robbie Neilson isn't looking over his shoulder as Jambos register seven wins from eight.

Robbie Neilson was delighted with his side’s seventh win from eight Championship games at the weekend, but insists he’s only focused on the game in front.

The Jambos withstood some heavy Queen of the South pressure in the opening stages of Saturday’s match to emerge with a comfortable 3-0 victory, courtesy of Osman Sow, Prince Buaben and Jordan McGhee goals.

The Tynecastle head coach knew the encounter would be a testing one, but he was happy to come through it unscathed and is only looking ahead to this Saturday’s Alloa game.

“We knew it was going to be difficult,” he said. “It’s one of the most difficult venues to come to in the league. You’re down here on the astro and it’s got a kind of cup-tie feel to it because of the environment and the full house.

“We knew it would be hard and we rode our luck a little bit, with the ricochet off the post that comes up into Neil Alexander’s arms. But I felt that once we’d ridden that storm, which we knew would come, the game would open up a wee bit and it did.

“We got the goal and then the second goal which killed the game. The game opens up once you get the ball into Osman’s feet. He’s got fantastic technique and pace. He probably should’ve scored more goals. His finish was fantastic.

“We got the second goal a few minutes after that which changes the game. We can then sit and pass the ball to try and drag them out as there’s no real pressure on us to go and press for the win. The third goal was a killer.

“Six points counts but it’s about winning the next game. We go to Alloa next week and we’ve already spoken about it in the dressing room. We’re ready to go again.

“We need to get geared up for that because it’s about winning games, it’s not about other people’s form or who they’re playing against. We must keep winning. If we keep winning then we’ll win the league.

“It’s about what we do day in, day out, week in, week out. Every minute we’re on that training field we’re gearing up for a game on Saturday. We must make sure that we don’t waste any time.

“Our role this year is to make sure that we get promoted back to the Premiership. We must focus on ourselves.”