First Team

Robbie: Happy with a point under circumstances

5th March 2022

Robbie Neilson was happy to leave Dundee with a point, after a curious spate of injuries forced Hearts to make FIVE substitutions at Tannadice.

Craig Halkett’s equaliser ten minutes from time rescued a point at 2-2 for the boys in maroon after Liam Boyce’s opener was cancelled out by Liam Smith's second half screamer and Nicky Clark's penalty.
The manager said that although the JTs wants to win every clash they contest, Hearts will happily take a point considering the unusually long list of casualties. 
“I thought it was a really entertaining game,” he told Hearts TV
“I’m pleased to get the point to be honest with you: because we got one injury. Then two. Then three. Then four and so on. We lost the continuity of the game because we were asking guys to play in different positions: Andy, Peter, Gino and such all playing their part.
“We always want to take three points, but in the grand scheme of the game – we’ll take that point gladly. We maybe lost the feel of the game, but that can happen. The boys who came on gave everything as they covered all those so positions so very happy to get a point.
“The two goals we lost were disappointing. The first one’s a direct ball that was knocked down from 40 yards. Nine times out of ten, he won’t score that. The second one was then the penalty. They didn’t have to work hard to score those goals but for us to be able to fight back and get an equaliser – I’m very pleased.”

Robbie also confirmed that it was too soon to know the full extent of Hearts’ injuries and said only the coming days would hold the answers.
“To be honest, I’m not sure,” he explained.
 “I’m still not certain what all those injuries are yet. Hopefully they’ll all be back next week, but we’ll have to wait and see.”