First Team

Robbie delighted with five-star performance

20th August 2016

The Head Coach was delighted with his team's performance against Inverness CT.

Robbie Neilson declared himself delighted with Hearts' five-star performance against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at a rain-soaked Tynecastle.

The Jambos earned their first three points of the Ladbrokes Premiership season thanks to doubles from the magnificent Don Cowie, Sam Nicholson and a Conor Sammon strike.

“Everything’s always better after a win,” said Robbie. “I was pleased with the performance today, but I’ve been pleased the last few weeks too. We weren’t converting chances and our mistakes were being punished.

“Today, it was the opposite. Some of our wee mistakes didn’t get punished, but we created and scored a lot of chances today, which I knew the team was capable of from the start of the season.”

Skipper Don Cowie produced a man-of-the-match display with a superb double, topped off with assists for Sammon and Nicholson. Robbie was full of praise for the captain, as well as several other players who produced stand-out performances on the day.

“Tony, Conor and Don were terrific today, really productive,” he enthused. “With Perry in behind them giving them that security, it allows them to shine. And this is four international players we’re talking about here.

“Don’s goals were really simple, but brilliantly executed. The first goal was a great pass from John Souttar, but Don’s dummy, the lay-off and the finish were just all top quality, and his second was almost a carbon copy.

“Don’s been brilliant for me. He’s the captain at the moment since Alim is out the side, and he gives us strength on the park.

"He’s a leader on and off the pitch, and he sets the tone for the way we want things done at Hearts.”

"Sam Nicholson was great as well. He's a great player for us, we perhaps played him a bit too much last season and he got a bit of burn out.

"I'm confident he'll get back to his best this term, it's up to us to manage him and keep him right for every game."