First Team

Reaction: Robbie Neilson

16th October 2020

Robbie Neilson was understandably delighted with his team’s performance in the 6-2 win over Dundee and has now challenged his players to keep the momentum going in the weeks and months ahead.

The Jambos hit Dundee for six in a highly entertaining league opener at Tynecastle, with new boy Stephen Kingsley scoring twice for the hosts.

Speaking after the game, Robbie emphasised the importance of building confidence and momentum in the weeks ahead.

“I was really pleased with how we started. We spoke about being on the front foot and pressing. We’ve played 12 or 13 games, we knew Dundee hadn’t played many so we thought we could catch them cold,” Robbie explained.

“We did really well the first half. The first 15-20 minutes of the second half saw them get more control of the game but once we got Halliday and Haring on we settled down again and got more control.

“There’s only 26 games left so it’s important to start the season well, score goals and get a bit of confidence in the team. We managed to do that today, we’ll be back in training on Monday because we need to win at Arbroath now. There’s no point getting a great result and then not taking anything up there.

“We can’t take the foot off the gas at all. We also have a Derby in two weeks’ time that we have to be ready for.”