First Team

Generation game

20th February 2015

Head coach wants title win for generation of success-hungry Hearts fans.

Robbie Neilson has revealed that his side wants to win the title for a “generation” of Hearts fans who have missed out on success.

While the Jambos have lifted the Scottish Cup three times in the past 17 years, a league championship has evaded the club since 1980.

With his team proudly atop of the Championship table, 20-points clear of second-placed Hibs, the head coach has urged his stars to remain focused and deliver the prize home for the loyal Hearts support.

Speaking at this morning’s pre-match press conference, Robbie said: “Of course, we’re even more focused now to go on and stay at the top of the league.

“We want to win the league. Financially, it’s great for the club. Also for the fans, there’s the prestige of winning a league with Rangers and Hibs in it.

“It would be huge for us. It’s been a long time since Hearts have won any league.

“There’s a whole generation of Hearts fans who haven’t seen their team win the title, and we’ve got the chance to do that.

“That’s our focus. We have to continue working day-to-day to get over that line.”

Robbie’s boys travel to Queen of the South tomorrow on Championship duty, and despite the tough test that awaits them, he’s confident they can handle the pressure.

“I don’t think there’s more pressure being at the top of the table,” he said. “I think I’d rather be in the position that we’re in at the moment. We’ve got a good lead but we still need to be focused to win every game.

“We can’t get complacent at all, even in training. We’ll still do what we’ve done all season, right from the start, and continue doing it and hopefully pick up the three points tomorrow.

“It’s a difficult place. Palmerston, at the best of times, is a hard place to go and they’re doing really well at the moment.

“They’ve picked up some good results against some good teams down there.”