First Team

Robbie hails Europe-bound Hearts

12th April 2016

Robbie Neilson delighted with progress club has made in only two years.

Robbie Neilson has hailed his team for securing European football in their first season back in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The Jambos picked up a point in Inverness last night to clinch third place in the table and the head coach took a moment to praise the progress the club has made in recent times, even if he was disappointed with the final score at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

“It was good to get a point and secure that European place, but the disappointment is that we didn’t take three,” he said. “We wanted to come up here and take three points but we didn’t do enough to win the game.

“It’s great for the club. Top six was the aim this year, so to be able to secure European football before the split is great for us.

“We’ve made two huge strides over the course of the past two seasons. We got out of the Championship and we’ve got into Europe.

“It’s important to try and build on that over the summer and keep that positive momentum going.”

Robbie had hoped that his side could build on last week’s fantastic win over Aberdeen, as Hearts bid to catch the second-placed Dons. He admits that task is now a decidedly tricky one, but insists the men in maroon will keep battling until the very end.

“It’ll be very difficult to do but we’ll keep trying,” he said. “Ultimately, Aberdeen are in the driving seat, it’s up to them to have a fall and drop points for us to try and get close to them.

“We’ve got five big games and we’re going to try and win them.”