First Team

Robbie focusing on football

13th February 2015

head coach insists everybody's moved on from last week's events as Livingston come to town tomorrow.

Robbie Neilson insists everybody has moved on from the events of last week’s win at Livingston, with his side focused on trying to pick up another three points tomorrow.

The Jambos’ win at the Energy Assets Arena was overshadowed by a crude face-high challenge by Livi skipper Jason Talbot on Sam Nicholson, but the Hearts head coach believes everyone can now concentrate on football once again.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning, Robbie said: “Sam is fine, he’s good. He’s got a cut on his forehead but he’s alright now, he’s over it and we’ve moved on.

“It went global, the tackle went all over the world through social media. From our point of view it’s been dealt with. We’ve moved on and Sam’s fine.

“It’s not something you want to see in football and the authorities have dealt with it properly.”

Livingston visit Tynecastle tomorrow for the second meeting between the two side in a week and Robbie thinks that last week’s win set his team up nicely for Saturday.

“It’s a bit unusual to be playing Livingston two weeks in a row,” he said. “We took last week’s game just to get a Saturday-to-Saturday game, because it was going to get rescheduled to a midweek one.

“It was good for us last week to get the result and it gives us a little bit of confidence to go into this game.

“The boys are all fit, it’s just Dale Carrick, who’s out on loan at the moment, he’s got a hamstring problem. Everyone else is okay. 

“Dale’s tweaked his hamstring so he’ll be out for a few weeks.”