First Team

Reaction: Robbie Neilson

6th March 2021

Robbie Neilson was pleased to see his side return to winning ways on Saturday as they moved 15 points clear the top of the Championship.

Goals from Andy Halliday and Armand Gnanduillet either side of the interval secured a 2-1 victory over Dundee, with a Jason Cummings penalty pulling one back for the visitors.

"At 2-0 we were quite comfortable but then you give away the penalty and start getting a bit edgy, which is understandable when you’re going for a title," said Robbie.

“We created a lot of chances and should have scored more, definitely, but it’s another three points and we’re sitting in a good position in the league."

The decision to play both Liam Boyce and Gnanduillet paid dividends, with the former netting his third goal for the club. Boyce once again proved instrumental in Hearts' build-up play and could have found himself on the scoresheet had he not been denied by the crossbar.

"I thought it worked well. Whether we stick with that, I don’t know. With the two strikers we’ve got, they are both good link men and we wanted to get them in the team. We thought the best way to do that was with a diamond and two strikers up front," said Robbie.

The Jambos now have a sigificant cushion at the summit of the table, however, Robbie insists nobody will be resting on their laurels. 

“It's good to be 15 clear but Raith Rovers have three games in hand so we still have quite a bit of work to do here. We have the Scottish Cup coming up at sunny Brora which we have to take care of so there are still some good games coming up."