First Team

Make goals count

21st November 2016

Robbie Neilson wants his team to capitalise on away goals at Jambos draw 3-3 on the road for second game on the bounce.

Robbie Neilson admits tonight’s 3-3 draw at Hamilton was a “rollercoaster” of a match, and can take away both negatives and positives from the outcome.

The Jambos got off to a perfect start with an early Jamie Walker strike before falling behind to a Rakish Bingham brace, but not before Ali Crawford’s free-kick had levelled proceedings.

Undettered, Hearts battled back and Walker bagged his second of the game from the penalty spot before Callum Paterson’s late strike sealed a share of the spoils.

The head coach knew the Superseal Stadium was a tough venue to visit, but thinks scoring three goals away from home should be enough to come home with all three points.

“It’s a tough place to come,” he said. “Aberdeen came here and lost and there will be a lot of teams that come here and drop points because it’s a totally different environment. The surface makes it difficult for you.

“It was a bit of a rollercoaster. I would’ve liked to have picked up three points and I think scoring three goals then I would expect to.

“We lost two poor goals. The free-kick was a good finish, the other two weren’t great from our perspective so that was the disappointing part of it, but we fought hard, we kept going and we managed to get something out of the game.

“There are positives to take from it. I thought there were periods in the game where we did well.

“We’ve scored a lot of goals and we’ve given up a lot of silly goals. If we can stop that and be a bit more secure at the back and keep scoring then we’ll pick up.”

The Jambos lined up in a unfamiliar 3-5-2 system, much to everyone’s surprise. Robbie revealed it’s something they’ve been working on a lot, and wouldn’t rule out trying it again in the future.

“It’s a system that for the last three months we’ve been kind of working on and doing it in games,” he said. “We’ve been starting in different shapes and trying to slide into that shape.

“We decided to start with it tonight and try go right through the game with it. I thought it had its plus points but it had its negatives as well.

“From my point of view, we could all just go 4-4-2 and it gets boring, so I think it’s good for the players and for the club to keep trying to develop and trying different things out.”