First Team

Robbie: Attitude adjustment

16th January 2016

Head coach thrilled as players keep winning mentality to thump Motherwell 6-0.

Robbie Neilson was thrilled with the attitude his team showed as they followed up their best performance of the season with their biggest win of the campaign.

Motherwell were comprehensively beaten at Tynecastle today, as the Jambos knocked six without reply past the Steelmen.

Goals in the opening twenty minutes from Igor Rossi, Osman Sow and Gavin Reilly put Hearts well in command, before three goals in the final twelve minutes from Callum Paterson, Juanma and Arnaud Djoum added gloss to the score.

Robbie admitted the win over Aberdeen had been the catalyst for the win and revealed his joy that the players had carried their winning mentality from last week into today.

“The most pleasing thing was that it came off the back of the Aberdeen game,” said Neilson. “That was our most complete performance of the season.

“Last week was a bigger performance, I thought, due to the high profile nature of the game, but to come into this game still in the correct mindset was a great bonus.

“We had to start of the front foot and pick up where we left off, and that attitude is what won us the game today, I felt.

“The first twenty minutes were outstanding, and if we see it out, the game’s dead. However, there’s always the concern is if they get a goal they have something to chase, so we had to get the first goal to kill them off.”

Robbie was given the luxury of being able to replace Osman Sow and Gavin Reilly with Juanma and Dario Zanatta off the bench, with the two substitute strikers linking up nicely and the Spaniard netting, while the Canadian assisted Callum Paterson.

“We’ve got a strong squad,” he continued. “It’s not a huge squad in terms of numbers, but I’ve got real quality that I can bring on. Juanma, Zanatta and McGhee are players who could be starting games for us regularly.”

Lastly, in keeping with his previous comments following big wins, the head coach’s mind was already on the next challenge ahead with a visit to New Douglas Park next weekend and revenge on the mind of the Gorgie boys.

“We’re not getting carried away with the result, we never do. It was a great win but it’s over, and I’m focusing entirely on the Hamilton game.

“They gave us our first defeat of the season and knocked us a bit for six, so we know they’re a dangerous team. We’ll prepare properly and we’ll be ready.”