First Team

Robbie's defensive delight

24th October 2015

Head coach pleased with discipline in 2-0 win over Ross County.

Robbie Neilson hailed his side as a ten-man Hearts put in a powerful performance to defeat Ross County at Tynecastle.

Goals in each half from Callum Paterson and Osman Sow gave the Jambos a 2-0 victory, the second coming after Blazej Augustyn was dismissed for a professional foul just after half-time.

A strong, disciplined defensive display followed, and the Staggies barely registered an effort on goal as a back-four of Liam Smith, Callum Paterson, Igor Rossi and Jordan McGhee held firm to earn a deserved three points.

“It was a really good result for us,” said Neilson. “County have been playing very well recently, and they were full of confidence after their win over Aberdeen last week, so they came here expecting to win.

“To put in such a good performance, and then with ten men, is something I’m delighted with. When we lost a man, we gave the ball but played on the counter and performed very well.

“I know I’ve said before that we train with ten men,” he continued, “but it’s true, we practice for all scenarios. It’s just about keeping discipline, shape and being compact. We showed them wide and dealt with their crossing.”

The Jam Tarts recorded their third clean sheet in four games, and Robbie was keen for this solid defensive record to continue in the future. Key components in this were Osman Sow, and debutant Arnaud Djoum.

“Clean sheets are important and its down to the whole team, even Osman Sow working side to side without a strike partner making sure they had no time on the ball when they had possession.

“I thought Arnaud did really well today. He’s been playing in the 20s to get fitness, and he’s played top-flight in Holland for six years, as well as in Turkey and Poland. 

“I expected a good performance and he delivered one, so I’m very satisfied with his first start.”