First Team

Robbie demands more instensity

26th September 2020

Robbie Neilson was pleased with the majority of Hearts’ display in the friendly win over Partick Thistle but believes his players must produce more intensity to make up for an absent Tynecastle crowd.

The Jambos ran out 2-0 winners against their Glasgow opponents thanks to goals in either half from Jamie Walker and Craig Halkett.

Always one to demand more, the manager believes his side became a bit flat due to their being no fans inside the stadium, and he wants them to up the ante when the crowds aren’t present.

Speaking to Hearts TV at full time, Robbie said: “I was pleased with the performance again. I thought the first 50/60 minutes were very good.

“I spoke to the boys in there about how it becomes a little bit flat towards the end but I’ve a feeling that may be because of a lack of fans here.

“The fans at Tynecastle push you on, they demand…we were 2-0 up and there was a wee bit of flatness so it has to come from us, from the coaching staff but also from within the players, to get 90 minutes of real quality.

“The first 50/60 minutes we were aggressive with our pass forward, the last wee bit we were a wee bit side to side and not really going anywhere and that’s not what we’re looking to do.

“It’s something we need to try and get better at. We want to try and keep driving for 90 minutes. It can be difficult at times but we to try and demand that.

“We spoke about it in the dressing room as I said, about how do we get that intensity, how do we keep going for 90 minutes, how do we keep passing it forwards for 90 minutes and it’s something we need to try and do.”

Robbie’s interview is available to watch in full on Hearts TV by clicking here.