First Team

Robbie: Happy with a point

3rd January 2015

Head coach pleased with 'point gained' after tough derby with Hibs.

Robbie Neilson declared today’s 1-1 draw with Hibs in the Edinburgh derby as a ‘point gained’ as the Jambos maintained their unbeaten record in the Scottish Championship.

Jason Cummings gave the Leith side the lead midway through the first half, but a Jamie Walker howitzer levelled things up at the break, and both sides failed to break each other down in a tough second half.

After the game, the head coach admitted his side had started the match poorly, but declared himself satisfied with the overall result.

“I thought it was a great point in the end”, said Neilson. “It keeps our unbeaten run going, we’re up to 19 games now, and this was a difficult game. Hibs had a lot of energy about them, they’ve been on a good run of form and they wanted to claw us back.

“We want to win every game we play, but we’re happy with this point. In the first half, the first 25 minutes or so, the boys were nervous and it showed. Their passing wasn’t on point.

“It’s the easiest thing in the world to just start booting it up and out the park, but when you try to play a passing game, you’ll make mistakes, we accept that. It gives us something to work on.”

When questioned if he considered this draw to be a case of points lost, Robbie was sanguine on the matter, although he did concede that points were indeed dropped earlier on in the season at Dumbarton,

The Jambos face the Sons of the Rock next week in one of only two places they have failed to win this season. This statistic is something Robbie was hoping to correct.

“It’s not a case of points dropped at all. We haven’t lost yet this season and we have a good lead at the top of the table. We dropped points at Dumbarton earlier in the season, and we’re keen to right that wrong.

Lastly, Robbie gave supporters a brief update on the situation regarding transfers at the club, disclosing that he was keen to find a new forward player, but insisting that it had to be the right person, financially and personality-wise as well.

“If we can find value in a striker, we have the funds there to do it. We want to find the right person.

"There isn’t a drastic need to make a signing, we have Sow, Carrick and El Hassnaoui due back in a few weeks but in the meantime we only have Keatings and Oliver, so getting an extra body in would be useful.”