First Team

Disappointed with a point

27th December 2015

Robbie Neilson felt his side should have taken all three points against Celtic on Sunday.

Osman Sow’s last minute free-kick sealed a point for Hearts against Celtic, but Head Coach Robbie Neilson felt his side should have taken more from the game.

The Jambos twice came from behind to earn a draw against the league leaders, with Sam Nicholson and Sow cancelling out goals from Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic. Speaking after the match, however, Robbie emphasized the sense of disappointment in the dressing room.

“The first thing I asked the players after the game was whether they were happy with the point. And to a man they said no; they want to be winning games like that,” Robbie explained.

“We had a great opportunity to go and take three points but we gave up a slack goal in the first half. In the end we had to fight back twice, but the fact we’re disappointed with a point shows how far we’ve come.

“Celtic have the quality to play through you and you can’t afford to make mistakes. We’re getting better, at times we pressed well but other times we caused ourselves problems."

Midfielder Arnaud Djoum limped off with a knock in the second half but Robbie is hopeful he’ll be fit to face Dundee United in midweek. The gaffer also took time to praise Gavin Reilly, who was handed a starting berth up front.

“Gavin gave us exactly what I thought he would. He gives you energy, pace and the ability to play off the shoulder of the defence so I was pleased with him.”