First Team

Back on the goal trail

30th September 2016

Robbie Neilson delighted to see his side hitting the net again in fine Motherwell win.

Robbie Neilson was thrilled with his side as Hearts returned to winning ways following a stylish display away to Motherwell.

The Jambos ran out 3-1 winners as Sam Nicholson’s deflected effort, plus two stunners from Callum Paterson and Arnaud Djoum gave Hearts a well deserved win.

Hvaing dominated the previous two league matches without finding the target, the Jambos boucne back in style with three strikes, and the head coach was pleased his team responded in the right manner.

“I’m really pleased with how we won the game,” said Neilson. “We started the game really well, and we had long periods of possession. To get three goals after the last few days was great.

“Over the last three weeks, I’d say that was probably our least impressive performance yet tonight we’ve got the goals we didn’t get previously, which is funny but that’s football for you.

“We had chances before the first goal,” he continued. “We didn’t pull the trigger in time, and we didn’t have a bit of luck at the vital moment but then we get good fortune with the opener and the floodgates opened a bit.”

The forward pair of Tony Watt and Conor Sammon put in a tireless shift up top and though they didn't manage to hit the back of the net, Robbie pointed out that the two players were performing other jobs for the team too, with Watt in particular putting in another sensational display and striking the woodwork.

“The whole team needs to contribute,” he insisted. “Callum Paterson was playing as a right centre-half today and got up the park to score, Arnaud Djoum got one from midfield. The onus is on the entire team.

“A striker playing alone against a back four is working hard in different ways, but that creates room for everyone else. I want all my players to contribute to the scoring, and they did today, so I’m delighted.”

Lastly, Neilson revealed the team would continue to work on putting chances away in training, while wishing his international stars good health and good fortune ahead of the international break.

“We’ve got a couple of lads away on international duty but the bulk of them are still with us, so we’ll keep them working on their finishing over the break.

“We’re happy we’re getting the break at a positive time for the team, we’re going into it on a high and we’ve put pressure on everyone else below us, so it’s been a good evening.”