First Team

Robbie: Believe in Bjorn

26th November 2016

Head coach pleased to return to winning ways and happy to see Bjorn Johnsen hit the goal trail.

Robbie Neilson was thrilled with the professionalism shown by his side as they bounced back to record a resounding win with a clinical dispatching of Motherwell today at Tynecastle.

The Jambos were victorious thanks to a double from Bjorn Johnsen, and a Jamie Walker strike midway through the second half as they put three draws on the bounce to one side to return to winning ways.

“I thought we played well from the start today,” said Robbie. “We had a lot of energy and played well for long periods of the game. We had a little bit of pressure from set-pieces today but we didn’t get punished, although we defended well for the most part.”

Johnsen netted his third goal in his last four starts today, as the much maligned Jambos front-line starts to bear fruit after a tricky opening to the season, and Robbie revealed it was a matter of being patient with his frontmen.

“I said all along I’ve got confidence in our strikers,” he said. “We could have scored more today too. It’s taken Bjorn a while to get sed to Scottish football and he hasn’t played much since January, so we need to give him time to get fitness, and he’ll be great for us.”

The head coach looked ahead to Wednesday night’s clash with Rangers at Tynecastle, as the two clubs meet for the first time in 18 months. The last time the Gers came to town, the Jambos were crowned Scottish Championship winners, and Robbie was excited at the prospect of locking horns with the Glasgow outfit again.

“Wednesday is a massive game, and a great game to be involved in too. We’ve had good results against Rangers previously, and we’ve not played them for a while. The players are already excited about the chance to perform, and to get a good result.”

Finally, Robbie had some positive news about Callum Paterson's fitness after the Scotland star was forced from the field in the first half with a head knock.

“Callum’s fine. He got a cut above his eye, and it swelled up a bit. He could have stayed on if he’d really needed to, but we have Liam Smith there, and Callum will be fine for the Rangers game now, and well rested."