First Team

Manager targeting another run of results

24th February 2022

Robbie Neilson welcomes the pressures that come at a big club like Hearts and he believes his side can put together another run of results.

The Jambos have faced a sticky patch of late but have the opportunity to get back to winning ways when they face St Mirren at Tynecastle Park on Saturday.

Knowing how well the Buddies have performed of late, the manager is well aware of how difficult a task it will be but he thinks that if the men in maroon start taking their chances then they can recapture their stunning first-half of the season form.

Speaking to the media, he said: “If you’re winning games then everything’s great. As soon as you lose a couple of games then you have to take the pressure that comes with that. That’s part and parcel of playing at a bigger club.

“I’ve been at clubs before where you can lose two or three on the bounce and nobody cares, and you’d rather be in a situation, like we are here at a big club, where you’re expected to win.

“We’ve found it a wee bit difficult. We’ve been creating chances and we haven’t been taking them. We’ve probably been a wee bit too negative in our play. We’ve had a lot of possession, which is what we want to do, but it’s what we do in that final moment that we’ve not taken.

“Earlier in the season we would create five chances and score three, at this point in time we’re creating five and not taking any. It’s those wee details that we need to get better at.

“You go through periods in the season (like that). It happens every season. We’re at a level where we’re not going to win every game every week so we have wee periods where the spark’s not quite there.

“We had eight games in 26 days and felt a wee bit fatigued and hoped that the break would get us back going again. To be honest, last week, again, we created numerous chances and just didn’t take them.

“We’ve now got an opportunity to go on another run. We had a great start to the season, a great middle period, we’ve had a wee difficult period now. If we can win two, three, four on the bounce, we can take the next step again. To St Mirren’s credit, they’ve had a great run through that wee period of games.”

A major boost for the Jam Tarts is the immenent returns of Craig Gordon and Craig Halkett, with Robbie also hoping to welcome back top scorer Liam Boyce.

“It’s good to have both Craigs back – Craig Gordon and Craig Halkett,” he said. “We’ve missed the two of them and they’re two key players for us, so I’m pleased to get them back in.

“Boycie should be back as well. Again, it’s another one of our senior players. We’ve missed a number of them in recent weeks. With the size of squad we’ve got that can make quite a difference so getting him back will be great.”

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