First Team

Robbie rues missed chances

17th September 2016

We deserved more from that performance, insists Neilson.

Robbie Neilson was remaining upbeat as Hearts lost narrowly to St Johnstone in today’s Ladbrokes Premiership match at McDiarmid Park.

The Perth side were victorious through Graham Cummins’ 2nd-half strike, as the Jambos were left to rue missed opportunities in a match they dominated for large periods. 

“I thought the performance was really good today, and we didn’t get what we deserved,” said Neilson. “We were by far the better team but we didn’t put away our chances, and St Johnstone took their only chance.

“That’s football for you sometimes. It can happen, but we played well today and we’ll win more than we lose when we play that kind of football.”

Having missed the chance to go top of the Premiership table, Robbie refused to be downbeat, insisting that the fact they were even in the conversation was proof enough of their improvement.

Additionally, he praised the way the team performed and revealed that the team’s style of play was here to stay for the long haul as Hearts once again created a flurry of opportunities for their forward players.

“The big thing was we gave ourselves the opportunity today,” he insisted. “It shows the progress we’re making here. We dominated the game at a tough venue today.

“I would far rather we came here and played football and created a ton of chances, because on another day we’ll take them. I don’t want us coming here and hitting it long and hoping the ball drops for us.

“I don’t enjoy that kind of football, the players hate it and so do the fans.

"Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve in a game, but 9 times out of 10 we’ll win games when we play like that. Today it didn’t fall for us, but in future it will.”