First Team

Goals will come

24th September 2016

Robbie Neilson happy that team are creating chances and believes goals are just around the corner.

Robbie Neilson was remaining upbeat despite Hearts being held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Ross County in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The Jambos remain in 2nd place after the stalemate, with the ten-man Staggies coming away with a point despite an onslaught from the men in maroon.

County ‘keeper Scott Fox was the hero for the away side, denying Tony Watt, Conor Sammon and Igor Rossi with some fine saves in the first half, and Robbie conceded that he was disappointed with the draw, yet pleased with the qualities the side showed.

“We had the same issue as last week again,” he admitted. “We created a lot of chances, but we’re just not getting that final touch. The positive is that we’re creating these chances to begin with.

“We’re dominating large periods of games, hardly giving up any chances and I know that bodes well for the future. When it clicks, we’ll get the points and the results that we deserve.

“We can’t score a load of goals every week, but I’m happy that we’re getting into the right positions. We need to work hard and continue what we’re doing. It’s not as if the boys don’t know how to finish, they score in training.

“Last season, when we lost Osman Sow, we struggled creatively a lot and we’ve worked hard over the summer to rectify that,” he explained. “We were trying to scrape 1-0 wins whenever we could, but we have the quality to do more now.”

Allaying fears over the fitness of John Souttar after the impressive young defender left the match in the first half, Neilson confirmed he expected the Scotland U21 star to be fit for Friday’s clash with Motherwell.

Souttar was replaced by Alim Ozturk, who came on to a warm reception and performed admirably to the delight of the head coach.

“John has a dead leg, so I fully expect him to play on Friday at Motherwell, but Alim was great for me today. He showed his professionalism. He’s had a difficult week, as we all know.

“He’s trained really well, his head’s been right, and I know I can rely on him to put on a performance if I need him to.”