First Team

Dundee Reaction: Robbie Neilson

23rd October 2021

Robbie Neilson says he can’t fault the efforts of his players after Hearts were held at home by Dundee this afternoon.

Leading through John Souttar’s exquisite first-half strike, the Jambos were pegged back by Jason Cummings’ late header and had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Reflecting on the match, the manager was disappointed not to take all three points but can step back to look at the bigger picture, with the result taking the boys in maroon to the summit of the cinch Premiership.

“If you look at the bigger picture, we are sitting top of the league after ten games,” he said. “Yes, we are disappointed not to have taken maximum points after the way we played and the amount of chances we created, but I can’t fault the players for their effort and the way they tried to win.”

Top scorer Liam Boyce was a second-half casualty and Robbie hopes that the Northern Irishman will be available for selection against St Johnstone on Wednesday night but will have to wait and see how he’s looking in the coming days.

“We will see how he is tomorrow,” said Robbie. “He had a tightness in his calf and he is such a key player that we took him straight off to try to make sure he is all right. We will see how he is for Wednesday.”