First Team

Keep on winning

13th March 2021

Robbie Neilson has told his players to keep on finding ways to win against difficult opponents as the Jambos head into the home straight.

The men in maroon faced a stuffy Ayr United side at Tynecastle this afternoon but emerged with three points thanks to Armand Gnanduillet and Jamie Walker goals.

Sitting 15 points clear at the top of the Championship and with seven games remaining, the manager’s message to his side is simple; keep on winning.

Speaking to Hearts TV, he said: “It’s a big step today but as I said to the boys in there, we’ve got seven games to win and that’s it.

“Seven games left and we’re expected to win every game, and that’s what we intend to do.

“We’ve got the Scottish Cup coming up and we want to get as far as we can in that. We want to try and win it. We’ve been to the final, twice recently, so it’s about winning games and finding ways to win games.

“Today was different from the Dundee game. The Dundee game was a lot more expansive, two teams going at it and trying to win the game.

“Today was a team that wanted to sit in and try and kill the game so you have to find a way to win it.”

Robbie also had special words of praise for Craig Gordon. The goalkeeper made his 200th Hearts appearance today, and the manager was pleased with his clean sheet.

“Delighted to get a clean sheet,” he said. “I think the basis of winning leagues is clean sheets.

“I’m pleased for Craig. That was his 200th appearance so nice to get a clean sheet.

“He was telling me that’s 66 clean sheets he’s had now so he’s obviously counting! Hopefully we’ll get a few more towards the end of the season.”