First Team

Robbie: Focus fully on Arbroath

22nd October 2020

Robbie Neilson says his players have already put last week’s thumping win over Dundee behind them because they know how tricky tomorrow’s trip to Arbroath will be.

The Jambos got off to a flier when they dismantled Dundee in the Championship curtain raiser at Tynecastle last Friday.

It will be a change of scenery tomorrow night when they travel to Gayfield to meet the Red Lichties, and Robbie has revealed his players are well aware of the difficulties they will face on the road this season, but they’re determined to keep their unbeaten start to the season going.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Robbie said: “It will be different, that’s for sure. Dundee came and opened up and had a go. It was quite an open game and I expect it to be difficult tomorrow night.

“It was a good result but it was just one game. It’s important that we put that to bed and move on to the next one, which is Arbroath tomorrow night, which will be, in my opinion, a harder game with the environment. It will be a less open game too.

“They’ve got some really good players but they’ve also got some really good organisation. I think we’ll probably have quite a lot of the ball but it’s up to us to try and break them down.

“We spoke about the different challenges at the start of the season. The home games we have a great surface, great stadium, great facilities then you have to go to away games and it can be totally different at times. We have to find different ways to win these games.

“Yes, there’s a big game coming up but there’s a big game tomorrow night. We’re on the TV, it’s the Championship, it’s only the second game of the season and we have to win. For me, there is no focus at all on the game against Hibs the following week, it’s all about tomorrow night.

“If you win the game, which we hope to do, then it continues the feelgood factor and the momentum building but for me it’s all about tomorrow night. We have to win. It’s going to be, in my opinion, a more difficult game than the Dundee game because it’s a different environment, it’ll be a different game so we have to go and find a way to win.

“We spoke before the league kicked off about going to these difficult environments and difficult stadiums, and about having no fans as well. It’s up to us to go and try and get some intensity into the game and to try and win it. The players understand that. To be honest we’ve got a few who have played at these venues so they understand it.”

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