First Team

Robbie: "Game on"

10th October 2014

Head coach wants Hearts to play every week as he looks forward to tomorrow's Alloa game.

Robbie Neilson insists he’s delighted that Hearts are playing through the international break so that his side can keep up the momentum they’ve built in the Championship.

The Jambos head to the Indodrill Stadium to take on Alloa Athletic on tomorrow and the head coach believes playing week in, week out can only be a good thing for his team.

Speaking to the media this morning at Tynecastle, Robbie said: “I’m quite happy that we can keep playing Saturday to Saturday.  It’s important that we keep in the routine and keep the flow, so I’m delighted.

“We don’t have any players away on international duty, Alloa don’t either so it’s game on.

“It’s a case of us looking after ourselves. We want to play Saturday to Saturday and we want to make sure we have a game that fans can go to on a Saturday.”

Robbie knows the task facing his men in maroon, as Alloa have taken points from both Rangers and Hibs at home.

“If we get another win then it gives us three points on the board and it’s another game down,” he said. “It’s important that we try and do that. There’s still a long, long way to go and it’s a difficult place to go, is Alloa.

“We’re under no illusions; it’s going to be a difficult game. Rangers drew 1-1 and Hibs got beat. We know it’s a difficult venue to go to and we must be prepared to go down there and battle to get the victory.”

Much has been made of Hearts training at Alloa’s ground ahead of their meeting on Saturday, and Robbie thinks his players will relish kick-off come 3pm tomorrow after getting to grips with the surface.

“It was good to go down and train on it,” he revealed. “It was really just to give the boys and idea of what the environment is going to be like and what the surface is going to be like.

“A lot of our boys enjoyed playing on it. It’s flat, smooth and the ball moves quickly. We don’t have any issues with it. We’re looking forward to it.”