First Team

Reaction: Robbie Neilson

18th September 2020

Robbie Neilson was encouraged by his team’s performance in Friday night’s friendly victory over East Fife in which five different players got their names on the scoresheet.

The Jambos ran out 5-0 winners under the Tynecastle lights with strikes from Craig Halkett, Elliott Frear and Jamie Walker sending them into the break with a three goal advantage. Liam Boyce and Chris Hamilton added to the tally in the second half to complete a solid display.

Speaking to heartsfc.co.uk after the game, Robbie declared himself satisfied with the performance.

“I was pleased with how we started. We were on the front foot, we passed it really well and were aggressive. That gave us a comfortable lead, they then changed their team a bit in the second half and went a bit gung-ho and the game kind of flattened out.

“That was to be expected because most of our boys played the full 90 minutes and for many of them it was their first 90 minutes at that level for a long time.

“All in all we didn’t concede and scored a number of goals so it was a good night all in. It was nice to be back at Tynecastle, the pitch was looking great but ultimately you miss the fans and the intensity that comes with that.”   

The manager was also pleased to see a few goals coming from set pieces and hopes this will be a sign of things to come.

“Yes, that was pleasing. We’ve got boys like Walker and Frear who have great delivery plus we have physicality with guys like Halkett and Boyce. This season for me is about making sure we get a good goals tally and try to win games convincingly.”