First Team

Robbie: Deserved win

27th August 2016

Robbie Neilson praises his side for never giving up in entertaining Firhill win.

Robbie Neilson was delighted as his team ground out a hard-fought victory over Partick Thistle in today’s Scottish Premiership encounter at Firhill.

Callum Paterson gave the Jambos the lead early on from a corner, before Liam Lindsay equalised in the second half, but Tony Watt won the match for Hearts in stoppage time with his first for the club.

After the match, Robbie praised his team for their efforts during what could prove to be a vital victory.

“We had lots of possession today but Partick Thistle made it difficult for us,” said Neilson. “They shut us down, closed a lot of space and made it hard for us to get the ball through the lines, so their game plan worked.

“However, we had a few chances and I thought on the balance of play, we were the team on the front foot and deserved the win, so I’m really pleased.”

The head coach also had some words for the match winner, with the delight clear on Tony Watt’s face as his terrific performances were finally rewarded with an eagerly anticipated maiden strike for the Gorgie boys.

“Tony has to keep working hard. When he came into the club, he knew a lot of the boys from playing with Scotland, which helped him settle. He just loves playing football and we want to keep him playing with a smile on his face.

“You can see the quality Tony brings us,” he continued. “He, along with Jamie Walker and Arnaud Djoum, are similar in that they can take the ball and make things happen for us.

“The reason I kept him on was that I knew he could find space. You keep a player of his calibre on the pitch, because he can win a game for you in a moment.”