First Team

Dundee Reaction: Robbie Neilson

9th February 2022

Robbie Neilson cut a frustrated figure in the wake of Hearts’ 2-1 defeat to Dundee on Wednesday night.

Despite taking the lead through Ellis Simms’ first-half strike, the Jambos were pegged back by a cruel Toby Sibbick own goal before Danny Mullen fired the visitors to victory at Tynecastle.

Speaking to the media after the match, the manager stated that his side should have dealt with the goals better, and admitted that it simply wasn’t good enough.

“We didn’t do what we’d been doing in the first half," he said. "Second half we were too static with our play. It was all side to side and not enough penetration. But we need to do better.

“My biggest frustration with tonight to be honest was defensively. I thought we were very poor at the two goals.

“For the first goal we let a midfield runner run off us, which isn’t good enough.

“Then for the second we don’t deal with it at the back post. That’s basic football.

“We’ve had a brilliant defensive record recently. But at this moment in time we’ve not and we need to get back to that.

“At our end of the park we should be miles better.”