First Team

Robbie's mixed emotions

29th October 2016

Head coach disappointed with dropped points but praises team spirit after 3-3 draw.

Robbie Neilson revealed his mixed feelings after Hearts drew 3-3 in a dramatic match against Inverness in the Highlands.

Falling 2-0 down in the first half, Hearts got it back to 2-2 before immediately conceding again, as Aaron Doran restored the lead that Bjorn Johnsen and Faycal Rherras had cancelled out.

Arnaud Djoum once more levelled matters, but the Jambos couldn’t find a way to win the match and had to settle for a point from a topsy-turvy encounter.

After the game, the head coach hailed the resolve his team showed, but conceded they’d given themselves it all to do after some ‘really bad’ moments in the first half.

“The positives are we showed great spirit and character to come back after setbacks,” said Robbie, “but the downside is we’ve scored three goals away from home and we’re coming back with a point.

“I thought there were periods of the first half where we were really good, but also spells where we were really bad. We were much better in the second half bar one moment when we were caught on the counter.”

After being criticised for some shot-shy performances, the Gorgie boys scored 3 going on 6 this afternoon, and the head coach was pleased to see the net bulge, but admitted they now had work to do in order to keep the ball out the other end.

“I’m happy we got some goals today,” he continued. “We should have had more. Bjorn and Arnaud getting on the scoresheet is good for us, so we need to bring it all together.

“Previously we weren’t conceding any but not scoring, and now it’s the opposite, so we need to bring it all together, because I know we have a talented group.

“So I’m disappointed today, but it’s tinged with a hint of pride because the players showed really character and spirit in adversity.”