First Team

Finishing cost us

3rd October 2015

Head Coach rues missed chances as Hearts draw with Kilmarnock.

Robbie Neilson rued his side’s wastefulness in front of goal today as Kilmarnock snatched a 1-1 draw at Tynecastle.

Robbie bleieved Jamie Walker’s first-half penalty should have been followed up by more goals, but a combination of poor finishing and outstanding goalkeeping from Jamie MacDonald kept the score at 1-0.

Conrad Balatoni levelled proceedings with ten minutes remaining, while Gavin Reilly was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Steven Smith in stoppage time.

“We should have been four or five goals up at half time,” said Neilson. “I thought we played well, particularly the last fifteen minutes of the first half, but we had five clear cut chances after we scored.

“If you don’t take your chances while you’re on top, you’re always at risk of being caught out from a free kick or a set-piece. They were bombing balls into the box and one’s dropped to their player on one occasion.

“We need to be more clinical. We seem to think if we miss chances, it’s fine because another one will come, but that isn’t always the case. We need to score goals while we’re dominating. Our performance in front of goal wasn’t good enough.”

When asked if he had any complaints about the decision to send Reilly off, Robbie admitted he hadn’t seen the incident but confirmed if it was proven that Reilly had kicked out, he could have no complaints and would need to learn from the incident.

“If Gavin has kicked out, which I didn’t see, then it’s obviously a red card and he’ll need to learn from it. He’ll miss two games and he’ll regret it while he’s watching the team in the next few matches. “