First Team

Robbie: Good performance

1st March 2016

Head Coach pleased with Hearts' second win of the week.

Robbie Neilson was a happy man following Hearts’ 2-0 win over Inverness CT on Tuesday night and is now hoping his side can build on the performance in the coming weeks.

Goals from Jamie Walker and Abiola Dauda sealed the three points on the night and moved the Jambos to within six points of second-placed Aberdeen. Speaking to the media post-match, Robbie said:

“I thought it was a good performance.We started the game well, showed a lot of patience and overall I thought we looked quite comfortable throughout. 

"We sat a bit deeper in the second half and they had more of the ball, but we probably created more chances by countering them.

“We’re in a good position now and we want to cement that and get European football. It’s about getting as high up the table as we can. We’ve got a game at home on Saturday then a tough period after that.

“The goal at the start of the season was top six, so we’re ahead of schedule. It’s about progressing the club and building on this.”

The Head Coach was particularly pleased to see Jamie Walker grab another goal as he continues his comeback from injury.

“Walker’s a great player, he had a difficult period with injuries but getting him back fit was like getting a new player. He’s got great technique, it’s just about building his fitness levels back up now.”

Finally, Robbie praised young Liam Smith who made his first league start at right-back in the absence of the injured Callum Paterson.

“I knew what I would get from Liam. He’s been unfortunate in that he’s had Callum Paterson in front of him at right back, who has been a key player for us for the last couple of seasons. So Liam has had to be patient, we’ve had a lot of clubs wanting to take him on loan, but we decided to keep hold of him.

“He showed what he can do tonight and he’s a very consistent performer, he just needs to get used to the pace and physicality at this level.”