First Team

Alloa Reaction: Robbie Neilson

9th April 2021

Robbie Neilson has praised his players for rediscovering their Midas touch in front of goal.

The Jambos found their shooting boots against Alloa Athletic on Friday night, putting six past The Wasps without reply.

The win takes the men in maroon 14 points clear at the top of the Championship and on the cusp of an immediate return to the top flight, and the manager couldn’t be happier with how his team performed.

“I was pleased with them all,” he said. “For a couple of weeks we have struggled for that wee bit of magic in front of goal but we had it a number of times tonight. 

“I thought before the first goal we were playing well. We were controlling the game. 

“Alloa are a tough team to play against because they control the game well. They’re always going to have wee flakes where they pop it through. We managed to negate it quite a bit.

“I’m just delighted to get back tom winning ways. We’ve always had belief in the team.

“We’ve had a wee sticky period.  You have to take the flak that comes with it. It’s understandable when you’re at Hearts.

“We’re sitting in a good position and its now about getting over the line.”

Robbie had special words of praise for the returning John Souttar, who made his first appearance in 14 months after suffering back-to-back Achilles injuries.

“To a man they all played well but the big one for me was getting John Souttar back,” he said. “John’s been out for a long time. It’s been a real difficult period but you can see the quality he brings to the team, the assurance in defence. His quality on the ball is top level. 

“This was always the game we planned for. We were hoping to give him 20 minutes here 30 minutes there but we couldn’t quite get him on. We played a couple of bounce games so we knew he was ready."