First Team

Business as usual

24th February 2015

Robbie Neilson insists his team are looking no further forward than this weekend's Cowdenbeath game, despite title talk elsewhere.

Robbie Neilson is refusing to get carried away with any title talk as he prepares his team for this weekend’s match against Cowdenbeath.

The head coach admitted that while the Jambos’ win against Queen of the South on Saturday was a huge step to the championship, he’ll be sticking to the mantra that’s served him so well this season; one game at a time.

Speaking exclusively to HeartsTV, Robbie said: “We’re definitely just focusing on this one game.

“We’ve got 11 games to go and we focus on Saturday and hopefully get the three points. Then it’s ten games and we can start counting them down.

“It’s still a very important part of the season for us. It’s the business end, as they say, so it’s important we keep doing the same things and don’t get distracted by outside influences.”

Last time at Tynecastle, Hearts brushed Cowdenbeath aside 5-1. Robbie thinks things will be different this time, thanks in part to the two sides’ contrasting league positions.

“Cowdenbeath is going to be another hard one,” he said. “They’re a team that is scrapping for their lives down at the bottom of the table.

“They’re desperate for points and they’ll come to Tynecastle and see it as an opportunity to become underdogs with no pressure on them, they just have to go and play.”

One player who might not feature is Prince Buaben, after the midfielder missed the second-half of last week’s win at Palmerston Park with a toe injury.

Robbie insists, however, that he has a squad good enough to cope with losing one such an influential player.

“I think Prince will be okay,” he revealed. “He got it x-rayed on Sunday and there’s not break. It’s just a stave, a wee bit of ligament damage but I don’t see it being a problem.

“He could possibly be available for selection this weekend. We’ll see how it goes over the next couple days and how he gets back.

“But if he doesn’t then we’ve got plenty of players who can come in and fill in that role.”