First Team

Hibs Reaction: Robbie Neilson

12th September 2021

Robbie Neilson believes the disappointment in the dressing room after today’s stalemate with Hibs proves how ambitious his players are.

The Jambos were held to a 0-0 draw in the first Edinburgh derby of the season, with goalkeepers Craig Gordon and Matt Macey playing huge roles in keeping either side at bay.

Although disappointment was etched on his players’ faces, the manager feels that they can be spurred on to get back to winning ways next week against Ross County.

Speaking to Hearts TV, he said: “We’re disappointed not to take three points but we’ve got to move on to Ross County next week and make sure we get back to winning ways.

“There’s a huge bit of disappointment after it. We played really well, created a lot of good opportunities and came up against a goalkeeper who produced some top saves.

“It’s funny, coming after the game and we’re sitting second top of the league, undefeated, but there’s still that bit of disappointment. For me, that’s a good thing. We’ve got a group of players here that believe we should be at the top of league.

“You saw Hibs after the game, celebrating with their fans and they’re delighted to get a point against us. We’re coming in after the game and the dressing room is silent, because the players think we should be winning every week and we need to try and get that mentality here.

“When you play for Hearts you win, every single week. We now go into a run of games where we’re expected to win.

“If we can go to Ross County and get three points there, then on to the next one then by the next international break we’ll be sitting in a good position.”