First Team

Plastic fantastic

2nd October 2014

Robbie Neilson believes plastic pitches will prove no hassle for Jambos.

Robbie Neilson insists playing the next two Championship matches on Astroturf isn't an issue for his team because most of them already have experience on it.

The Jambos take on Queen of the South on Palmerston Park's plastic surface this Saturday before heading to Alloa a week later and the head coach believes his side can call upon their past experiences on Astroturf to ensure they can cope with the demands.

Speaking to the media this morning at the Hearts Football Academy, Robbie said: "We need to go down there on Saturday, prepare properly and try and get three points.

"It will be a very difficult game. It's on astroturf which we're not used to. We've been preparing this week on it and we'll do the same next week for the Alloa game.

It's not a concern at all. Most of our players have grown up in the academy system where you play a lot of your games on astro.

"The foreign players that we've brought in, the majority of them have played on astro. Osman played a lot in Sweden, the Dutch boys played a lot in Holland as well and Adam played a lot of games in Denmark on astro.

"I don't have an issue playing on it. I think our boys will be prepared for it and they'll be ready. It's just the way the ball runs and the movement of the players is different. It's just getting used to it."

Robbie's press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.