Robbie Neilson says his team can’t afford to take half-measures, as the Jambos prepare to square off against Hibs at Easter Road.
The Jam Tarts are 12 points clear of Shaun Maloney’s side ahead of tomorrow's trip to Leith, but the gaffer underlined the need to maintain performance levels – stressing the importance of getting it right from the start on derby day.
“They’re huge games for us. Derbies are the sort of games where you can escalate your good form if you get the right result. The players are ready and looking forward to it,” he told the media ahead of the game.
“We’re going into it in decent form but we need to be conscious that how you start in the derby is important.”
Hearts haven’t tasted defeat in Leith for four years but as Robbie knows well, you can’t count on form in the Edinburgh derby – and with 3,500+ Jambos set to descend on Easter Road – the manager hopes they can send the bumper support home happy
“Let’s hope it’s four-and-a-half years soon. We have to go out and perform, you can’t turn up to these games with half-measures, you have to be full-out and hopefully the players will be ready.
“It’s massive – taking the fans through there. There’s not many games these days where you can take the full allocation in the away end. Hopefully we can put on a performance for them.”
And finally, with football clubs up and down the land steeling themselves for the last day of the January transfer window – Robbie declared himself satisfied with Hearts’ business.
“We’re always actively looking to see what’s out there in the market. We’ve said all along how we only want to bring the right people in; there’s no panic here,” he added.
“I’m very happy with the squad; I was pleased with what we got in the summer and I’m pleased with the quality we’ve been able to bring in in this window.”