First Team

Reality check

11th September 2015

Robbie Neilson disappointed with performance in Inverness.

Robbie Neilson isn’t pushing the panic button after last night’s defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle, insisting the result is a bit of a reality check.

Second-half goals from James Vincent and Miles Storey consigned the Jambos to a defeat in the highlands, with Juwon Oshaniwa seeing red late on.

Five wins and two defeats sees Hearts high up the league table, and head coach Robbie believes everyone should pause for a moment and consider just how far the club has come over the past 15 months.

“We’re a Championship team who were promoted in the summer,” said Robbie. “Yeah, we’ve had a great start to the season but our priority is to get in the top six. That’s what we want, we want to be top six.

“We were playing last night against a team that finished third in the league and won the Scottish Cup, at home, and they’re a decent team. We can’t expect just to turn up here and pick up three points. We have to come up here and compete and work really hard.

“Sometimes you need the rub of the green to get a victory up here. It’s been a long time since a Hearts team has won here. We have to be realistic about where we are and we don’t get carried away.”

A flat performance in Inverness meant that the Gorgie boys had to make the long trip home without any points, with Robbie pointing out that his players had failed to compete at the required levels.

“In the top league you have to compete in every game,” he said. “You have to compete and earn the right to win the game, and I just didn’t think we did that. We didn’t pass it as well as we can but that came from not thinking enough to try and get into good areas.

“It’s such a hard league, especially when you get promoted and bring in a lot of new guys and a lot of young guys.”