First Team

Home comforts provide opportunity, says Robbie

8th February 2022

Robbie Neilson reckons home comforts present an opportunity to get back to good form, ahead of our meeting with Dundee tomorrow night.

The Jambos kick off a double game week in Gorgie against the Dee tomorrow in the Premiership, followed by a Scottish Cup clash with Livingston on Saturday. While naturally disappointed with the result at Ibrox last Sunday, the manager thinks two home games present a good opportunity for Hearts to get back in the saddle – starting against the Dundonians tomorrow.
 
“Obviously, we were really disappointed with the result. There was probably a 20-minute period where we just weren’t our normal selves. I thought we had a few chances, but we got turned over and sometimes that happens,” he told the media ahead of the game.
 
“From our perspective it’s done now and we’re just looking to move forward and to try and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
 
“I think if we bring our normal game to Tynecastle then I think we can win the game: we’ve had a really good record so far at home and we want to carry that on.”
 
Robbie expects James McPake’s men to be tricky opponents, highlighting the January recruitment that has captured the signatures of former Aberdeen stalwart Niall McGinn and ex-Partick Thistle marksman Zak Rudden.
 
The manager also provided an update on Michael Smith: revealing the Northern Irishman could be in line for a return to the squad in time for the Livingston match.
 
“I expect Dundee to be very hard to break down. I think they’ll be dangerous on the counterattack with the two wide players: McGinn and Paul McMullan. They’ve also got big Rudden up top now, who got his first goal at the weekend, so he’s another threat.
 
“I would expect Michael to be back for the weekend: he got an injection at the start of the week which takes a few days to settle down, but he should be fine after that.”