First Team

Robbie: Must kill games off

2nd January 2016

Head coach rues slack marking and poor finishing as Hearts drop points at Kilmarnock.

Robbie Neilson conceded that Hearts had dropped two points from a winnable fixture as the Jambos drew 2-2 with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Conrad Balatoni scored the opener for the hosts after Juwon Oshaniwa looked to be unfairly taken out of play, before Gavin Reilly levelled matters in first-half stoppage time.

A superb piece of individual skill from Callum Paterson got Hearts in front until 10 minutes from time, when Josh Magennis headed home from a corner.

“It’s two points dropped”, said Robbie. “We got into really good position, but then we didn’t killl the game off.

“The quality wasn’t there up front today, and then we lost a poor goal. We’re usually quite physical from corners. Magennis lost his marker, it was a good delivery and we paid the price.

“We wanted to come here and win,” he continued. “That’s two draws against Kilmarnock this season and with our quality, we should be winning these games.

“Our forward players created some good chances today but we just didn’t take the opportunity to kill the game off at 2-1.”

Finally, Robbie praised Gavin Reilly as the young striker starts to find his feet as a Hearts player, with his first half leveller marking his second goal in two games.

“Gavin is starting to show why we brought him here,” he explained. “He plays on the shoulder, and he makes good runs in behind.

“We know he can finish too. He’s been good recently, and we’re delighted with him, so he deserves his place in the team.”