First Team

Robbie expecting strong Buddies test

25th November 2021

Robbie Neilson believes the cinch Premiership is the most competitive its been in years as Hearts prepare to host St Mirren on Saturday.

The Buddies visit Tynecastle Park this weekend and currently sit sixth in the league table, with the Jambos in third.

Robbie knows how testing an encounter Saturday will be because of how strong the league is as a whole, but he hopes his side will bounce back from defeat like they did after their only other loss of the season a few weeks ago.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he said: “We have to reflect on it but we also have to move on as quickly as we can. Obviously we were disappointed with last week but after the other game we lost this season, against Aberdeen, we bounced back very well against Dundee United so we need to try and do the same again.

“It’ll be a difficult game. We did really well down at Paisley against them at the start of the season. Jim’s put together, and has for the last couple of seasons, a very consistent, strong team. There is a lot of continuity in their team as well.

“For us, we know it’ll be a tough game. Hopefully with a full house at Tynecastle we can put on the type of performance that we did against Dundee United.

“It probably sums up the league as a whole when you look at it. Everyone can beat everyone within it. Even looking at the start of the season, you’d probably say it’s the strongest the league has been in 10 or 15 years at least.

“We know that we’ll win games but there are games we’re going to find very difficult. For us, it’s about how we react to that game to try and win it and if we don’t then how we react to the next game.”

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