First Team

Robbie's delight

12th May 2016

Robbie Neilson pleased to send fans home happy after win over Aberdeen.

Robbie Neilson was delighted with his team’s victory against Aberdeen as the Scottish Premiership campaign gradually draws to a close.

The Jambos won at Pittodrie in a tight-fought match with Abiola Dauda’s tap-in from Alim Ozturk’s free-kick proving the difference maker between the sides.

While content with the three points, the head coach stated the match wasn’t perhaps as good as it could have been, however.

"I'm pleased with the result, although the performance wasn't great,” he admitted. "The two teams negated each other and pressed each other. We had a big fanbase there and they'll be happy, though, so we were delighted to grab the goal.”

After being beaten by the Dons in the first two matches of the season, the Jambos have found their form against their nearest challengers in the league, ending the season with a positive winning record against them.

Robbie conceded the difference between the sides was probably top-flight experience more than anything else, with the more streetwise Dandies perhaps using that experience to grind out more wins this season.

"We've played Aberdeen five times and won three, which is great. We need to carry it through to next season and try to get closer to them. They're a good team.

"I think the difference between the two teams in probably experience. Aberdeen have good experience with a lot of guys who have played 200, 300 or 400 games in the top flight.

"When you have that, you know how to win a game. Especially in this league, which is so tight. At the top end of the league a lot of games are won by a mistake, as it was tonight."

Lastly, Neilson insisted the team were determined to end the campaign on a high, with St Johnstone ending the season as they started it by visiting Tynecastle.

Having slumped to defeat last time the Saints came to town, Robbie was keen to assure supporters that there would be a different outcome as a successful season concludes in front of a packed home support.

"Last time we played St Johnstone they turned us over and beat us 3-0, so we need to make sure that doesn't happen again. The win tonight takes us to 64 points, which is our best in the last ten years so that's great. We want to go three points more again."