First Team

Robbie targeting maximum points

25th October 2016

Robbie Neilson targets six points in a week, starting with a win on Wednesday against Kilmarnock.

Robbie Neilson has revealed that his players are targeting maximum points from Hearts’ next two games.

The Jambos head to Rugby Park tomorrow night to face Kilmarnock before travelling north for Saturday’s encounter at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and the gaffer is eyeing six points out of six.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning, he said: “The next two games are games where we’re hoping to take six points from, but we need to start on Wednesday.

“It’s a tough venue. I looked at their previous games down there and they’ve changed the dimensions of the pitch. They’ve brought it in, narrowed it and shortened it, so they’ve made it more competitive. It’s always a tough place to go at the best of times and when they do that to the pitch it makes it even more competitive.

“We know that we have to go down there and first and foremost work hard, win our battles and hopefully we can play some football there as well.”

The men in maroon will meet a Kilmarnock side that has enjoyed a recent upturn in fortunes, having defeated St Johnstone away from home before drawing 1-1 against Caley Thistle at the weekend.

Robbie knows his players will come up against a team with a strong mix of experience and youth as Hearts look to make it three wins on the bounce.

“When you look through their team they’ve still got experience,” he said. “They’ve got Jamie MacDonald, they brought Scott Boyd in from Ross County, they’ve got Gary Dicker, Kris Boyd, Steven Smith, so there’s a core of experience through that team and they brought Nathan Tyson in from down south too.

“Although there’s a few younger ones in the squad and they’ve brought in a few loan players from the English market I still think there’s a good nucleus of a team there. “