First Team

Repeat performance

25th November 2016

Robbie Neilson looking for a repeat performance of previous win against Motherwell.

Robbie Neilson is looking for his side to emulate their performance the last time Hearts met Motherwell, when the Jambos ran out 3-1 winners at Fir Park.

The men in maroon bagged one of their most impressive results of the season against Mark McGhee’s side at the end of September, and the head coach has challenged his players to prove they are worthy of another three points on Saturday at Tynecastle.

“A repeat performance of the Fir Park game would be good,” he said. “That was a great performance because it was a difficult place to go and it had been a while since we’d won down there.

“But it’s a different game on Saturday. I’d like to think we do have the upper hand going into the game but we have to go and prove it. We have to go and prove that we’re the better team.

“We proved it at Fir Park the last time and we have to prove it again on Saturday.”

While the Jam Tarts have been knocking goals in, clean sheets have been more difficult to come by. Robbie recognises the threat posed by the Steelmen’s attack but insists he has no fears over his backline.

“We have highs and lows,” he said. “We started the season not scoring goals but defending really well and now it’s kind of flipped round a wee bit. We were losing goals and weren’t scoring goals and now we’re doing a bit of both.

“It’s a case of trying to alter it and help the players through and do things right so that we can score goals and keep clean sheets.

“We do individual work with the players and show them individual clips on how they play, the way Louis Moult and Scott McDonald play.

“They work really well as a pair, they’ve got good experience and have scored a lot of goals. Both of them scored last Saturday, I was at the game and they’re the real threat to Hearts from Motherwell’s point of view.

“It’s important that we try and stop them playing.”