First Team

Reaction: Robbie Neilson

20th November 2020

Robbie Neilson has challenged his players to bounce back at the first opportunity after seeing their eight game winning streak come to an end on Friday night.

The Jambos fell to a 2-1 defeat at East End Park in a match where they twice struck the woodwork and saw other clear cut opportunities pass them by. 

Speaking to Hearts TV after the match, Robbie said:

"We're very, very disappointed to end our winning streak having won eight games on the bounce.

"We hit the crossbar twice, had a free header and a one-on-one with the keeper but didn't take them. I can't fault the players' effort, they worked extremely hard but we spoke after about a lack of quality in the passing. At times when we were put under pressure we didn't pick the right option but we have to learn from it.

"We know we're not going to win every single game, we're disappointed to lose here but it's important we bounce back as soon as we can. We have a game on Tuesday night that we have to go and win."

The gaffer is also hopeful of welcoming back a couple of injury absentees for the upcoming clash with Alloa at Tynecastle.

"We'll definitely have Peter Haring back on Tuesday. We hope we'll have Josh Ginnelly too but if not he'll definitely be back for next Saturday. Peter had a bit of a hamstring problem last week so we just felt it would be best to rest him tonight."