First Team

Reaction: Robbie Neilson

24th November 2020

Robbie Neilson was pleased to see his side return to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Alloa Athletic on Tuesday night.

The Jambos' put the disappointment of Friday night's defeat at Dunfermline behind them to put the Wasps to the sword at Tynecastle with all three goals coming in the first half. Goals came courtesy of Michael Smith, Andy Halliday and Peter Haring.

Speaking after the match, Robbie was full of praise for the opening 45 minutes in particular.

“I was pleased with the first half. We pressed the game really well. We passed the ball better against Dunfermline on Friday but we pressed much better tonight than Friday and that helped us win the game tonight," he explained.

"I’ve told the boys the game on Saturday on the astro will be different and they’ll be up for it after getting beat. Getting the early goal was great. We knew they’d try to pass out the back so we pressed them really high and it made a difference."

Peter Haring grabbed the third goal as he continued his return to full sharpness following a lengthy injury absence. There was also a start in central defence for fit again Christophe Berra.

“I’m really pleased for Peter, I thought he was good. He’s still working up to 100%. Tonight was great for him, we’ll see how he is over the next few days with a view to Saturday," said Robbie.

“Christophe's 100% got a role to play with this team. Sometimes you need physicality at the back and Christophe brings that. He talks really well, and I’ve been delighted with him since I came in. I know he had a difficult period before I came in but I’ve been really happy with him.

Finally, Robbie confirmed Liam Boyce's double penalty miss won't have a bearing on future spot kick duties.

“I will be keeping him on penalties. I spoke to him about it after the game. If you miss a penalty when you’re 3-0 up, it doesn’t really matter. When you step up at 1-1 in a Scottish Cup semi final derby and you score it, that’s when the big dogs turn up and that’s what he did. I’m pleased with him. He’s a great kid, and I’m sure he’ll score the next one."