First Team

Award for all

11th December 2014

Robbie Neilson insists his latest accolade is an award for everyone at the club.

Robbie Neilson believes his latest manager of the month award is as much for his players and staff’s efforts as it is for his, but insists he’s only bothered about where the team finishes come the end of the season.

The head coach scooped the gong for November – his third in four months – today following the team adding another month to their unbeaten run, and Robbie was quick to praise his players for their workrate and dedication.

Speaking at this morning’s pre-match press conference, he said: “It’s great recognition for the players and the club for the hard work that they’re doing.

“It’s nice to get it but ultimately it’s about getting promoted so it doesn’t really mean a huge amount at this stage of the season. The awards will get put out in May and hopefully we’re still in with a shout for them then.

“The hard work has continued. Throughout the course of the season the players have worked really hard every day. They’ve got determination to win every game and that’s their focus day-to-day, which is a hard thing to do. You can get ups and downs in the season but I think so far they’ve continued to work hard, as I said, every single day.

“Nobody gets an award for the longest unbeaten run at the start of the season. Nobody cares about it. Come May, everyone will be talking about where we are in the league. If we can continue our good run then for as long as we can then it’ll give us a great base for the title challenge.”

The Jambos head to Central Park to take on Cowdenbeath on Saturday. Thanks to an earlier pre-season trip there, Robbie believes his side can handle the surroundings.

“We went there in pre-season,” he said. “We took the whole squad up, so the players know what to expect. It’s a difficult environment to go into. It’s a tight pitch and it’s an open stadium but at the end of the day it’s green and it’s got white lines on it, so we just need to go and play.

“We’ll try to play football but at times it could be difficult, so we need to make sure we have another option that we can look at if we need to change the style of play.”