First Team

Manager praises team's style

19th July 2021

Robbie Neilson has praised his players for the way in which they have quickly adapted to a new style of play.

The Jambos have won two Premier Sports Cup games from two with a fluid 3-4-3 system, and look set to press ahead with that formation in Tuesday night’s league cup encounter with Stirling Albion.

Expecting a tricky tie, the manager revealed his delight at how settled his side look on the pitch.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Robbie said: “I’ve been absolutely delighted. Even the game on Saturday, we created a lot of chances, we got into really good areas but it was just that final moment.

“The defensive aspect, we’re asking the players to be more aggressive on their pressing. It’s just working on that and making sure that at times we’re not overly aggressive but we don’t sit too deep.

“The Premier Sports Cup games give you that opportunity to get competitive games early, which is great.

“We expect a tough game tomorrow night at Stirling. They’ve won two out of two and are sitting on six points.

“Then obviously its Inverness, who we competed with last year, so it’ll be two good games that set us up for the league opener.”

Robbie confirmed he’s set to welcome back Josh Ginnelly, Stephen Kingsley and Craig Gordon back into the fold at Forthbank, as well as Armand Gnanduillet.

“Armand is back in the squad so he’ll be available for Tuesday night,” he said. “Ginnelly, Kingsley and Gordon are all back in it as well.”

Robbie’s press conference is available to watch in full on Hearts TV by clicking here.