First Team

Manager's reaction

7th August 2021

Robbie Neilson knows his Hearts side can do even better after securing their second cinch Premiership win in a row.

Goals from Andy Halliday and Liam Boyce handed the Jambos all three points against St Mirren this afternoon, with Joe Shaughnessy halving the deficit late on.

Sitting top of the league and with six wins out if six in all competitions, confidence is high but the manager thinks his side can do an even better job of imposing their style of play onto the game.

Speaking to Hearts TV at full time, he said: “I was delighted with the first half. I thought we passed it well.

“The second half, they started pressing us aggressively and making tackles, and I thought we could have showed a bit more composure to continue to play.

“We showed it in patches but St Mirren are a good team. They make it a physical game, a direct game and they’ve got some good players.

“All in all a good win for us but I think we can do better.

“It’s always going to be like that when you go to these kinds of grounds. It’s going to be a physical game, Hearts are coming to town, but you have to stand up to it.

“You have to, first and foremost, deal with the physical battle and then deal with the football as well.

“I thought we handled the physical battle for the full game, I thought the football side of it we did it for the first 35-40 minutes then for wee periods in the second half.

“It’s been brilliant but it’s a start. We’ve still got the League Cup next week, Scottish Cup to come and 36 games in the league. We just need to keep winning games. That’s the objective here, to win week in week out.”

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