First Team

Robbie: More to come

31st October 2015

Head coach pleased with comprehensive win but reveals room for improvement up front.

Robbie Neilson was delighted with his side’s convincing 4-0 victory at Partick Thistle today, but revealed there was still plenty of room for improvement in his eyes.

Juanma and Osman Sow both hit braces in the rout in Glasgow’s West End as the Jambos dealt out a Halloween horror show to the Jags.

After the match, Robbie admitted his displeasure at how things had gone in a fairly turgid first-half display.

“I’m happy with the result, and aspects of the performance,” said the head coach. “We were really poor in the first half, and fortunate to go in ahead, in my opinion.

“We had that bit of quality to get the lead. I told them at half time it wasn’t good enough. Partick had created more chances, and were passing the ball better.

“I had a right go at them at half time,” continued Neilson, “and that got them fired up, and they were much better, so overall I’m pleased.”

When questioned about the potency of his striking duo - Sow and Delgado both now reaching 7 goals each for the season - Robbie conceded that he wasn’t entirely pleased with the two frontmen.

“The strikers did score two each, which is pleasing, but I didn’t think they played very well if I’m honest,” he stated. “They should be better than what they showed today.

“In terms of finishing, terrific, but in terms of their other roles in the team, like hold-up play and linking with the midfield, they didn’t do enough.

“Osman and Juanma could and should be the top scorers in Scotland, they’re more than capable of that. They just need to produce more consistently for me.”

The win, coupled with Aberdeen’s 5th game without a win after losing at Celtic Park, puts the Jambos a point ahead of the Dons in 2nd place.

Despite being just six points behind league leaders Celtic, however, Robbie claimed that ambitions within the club would not change until the first target was achieved.

“The target is still top six, that aim won’t change until it’s been achieved, and then we can look upwards,” Robbie said. “Nobody here is getting carried away.

“We’re pleased to be above Aberdeen now, but they’re still a proven side at this level with years of building that team of theirs, and they turned us over, so we’re aware of how things can go.”