Club News

Robbie expecting tough test

6th February 2015

Head coach knows Hearts are in for a battle at Livingston tomorrow.

Robbie Neilson believes his team is in for a tough test at Livingston tomorrow as they face a side “battling for every point”.

Livi currently sit bottom of the Championship, three points off ninth place. Despite the Lions’ league position, Robbie will draw on past experiences at the Energy Assets Arena to enforce to his players just how tricky their opponents will be.

Speaking at this morning’s pre-match press conference, Robbie said: “The first game we played down there we got beat in the Petrofac Training Cup, and in the second game we scraped through with a 1-0. It’ll be a difficult game for us.

“It’s a big game for both teams. I was there on Tuesday night when they played Alloa and it was a very hard game for them. They probably deserved to win the game and they’re battling for every point.

“It’s a good opportunity to go 19 points clear but that’s all it is at the moment. We need to make sure that we go down there and try and get the three points and work hard.

“There’s no complacency here. We must make sure that we win every game, and we try to win every game by working hard.

“From our point of view, there’s no talk about winning leagues or anything, it’s about winning the next game.”

Robbie revealed that new signing Kenny Anderson will be considered for selection, while he gets closer to having a fully fit squad for the first time in some while.

“Prince Buaben is suspended but we’ve got a lot of midfielders that can come in and take his place,” he said. “Kenny will be in the squad and I’m looking forward to hopefully using him at some point.

“Everybody is fit. Kevin McHattie has trained with us the last few days and will join in full training on Sunday. That’ll be us, touch wood that nobody gets injured, with a full squad next week.”