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Reaction: Robbie Neilson

13th July 2021

Robbie Neilson heaped praise on record breaker Craig Gordon following Hearts' 3-0 Premier Sports Cup victory over Cove Rangers at Tynecastle.

Goals from Andy Halliday, Liam Boyce and Gary Mackay-Steven secured a comfortable victory for the men in maroon on a night when fans returned to Tynecastle for the first time since March 2020. 

Speaking after the game, Robbie said:

“I was pleased and overall the game was good. In the first 15 minutes we were a bit slack but we settled down and we were comfortable," he said.

The match brought out a number of impressive individual displays, none more so than from 17-year-old midfielder Finlay Pollock who made his first start for the club.

“Finlay has been great through pre-season and he was about the squad at the end of the season," said Robbie.

“He came in during the summer and it’s credit to him and the staff who came in over the close season to get him ready. We are seeing the benefits of that now.

“Some young boys will go out on loan so they need to go and play games but we are still to make a decision on Finlay but he will probably stay."

Finally, Robbie reserved praise for his Captain after he set a new club record of nine consecutive clean sheets - as well as the most minutes without conceding a goal.

“I’m delighted for Craig to break the record, it is some achievement.

“We have had some unbelievable keepers here in the past but it is fully deserved. He has been fantastic last season and you can see the quality he brings to the team.”