First Team

Robbie: we're reaping the benefits

3rd March 2022

Robbie Neilson hailed the work of the players and his backroom team after watching Hearts beat Aberdeen 2-0 at Tynecastle.

A thumping volley from John Souttar and a bullet header for Stephen Kinglsey from a corner secured all three points for the Jambos in Gorgie. The manager praised the team for a domiant performance against the Dons – highlighting the work done on the training ground to try and help the men in maroon be more aggressive in the box.
“I thought we were outstanding tonight, I thought we dominated the game against a very strong Aberdeen team. I know they’ve had a difficult season but they’ve still got top quality players in the team,” he told Hearts TV.
“We controlled the game right from the start and created a number of chances, and I’m probably only disappointed with the fact we only got two.
“Look, they were both top finishes. Over the past week or so, we’ve been working on our set-plays because they’ve probably not been good enough and we haven’t seen the return we probably should.
“Gordon Forrest and Lee McCulloch, along with the analysts and players, have done some work on that and thankfully we saw the benefits of it tonight.
“It’s good that the goals are spread through the team. We went through a wee period where we controlled a lot of games and created a few chances, but we maybe weren’t aggressive enough in the box. That’s a couple of game now though where we’ve managed to fix that.