First Team

Robbie targeting Perth win for fans

26th October 2021

Robbie Neilson believes the prospect of sending more than 3,000 Jambos home happy from Perth can drive his side to victory on Wednesday night.

The unbeaten boys in maroon travel to McDiarmid Park to face St Johnstone in a midweek cinch Premiership card, looking to bring all three points back to Edinburgh.

Buoyed by a huge travelling support, the manager hopes that his side’s improved away form can see them earn a win league win at the home of the Saints for the first time since 2010.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he said: “It’s been a while. There have been a few venues recently that we’ve been to and haven’t picked up wins in the last few years, and we’ve managed to do that in the last couple of months.

“We hope to do that again. We’ll have a huge travelling support again so the incentive for us is to make sure they go away happy and also that we pick up three points.

“For us it’s just about the next game and the next game. It’s been the same since the start of the season. You focus on the next one, you try and win it, hopefully you do that and then you move on to the next one.

“We had a really, really good performance on Saturday but didn’t get the points we felt we merited, and we just had to accept that and move on to the next one.”

One man Robbie will hope to have the services of is Liam Boyce. The striker was forced off during the second half of last weekend’s draw with Dundee, and the manager has revealed the Northern Irishman’s involvement on Wednesday will be touch and go.

“He did a wee bit today,” he said. “We’ll assess again him tomorrow. We don’t want to take any risks on him, so it’s kind of 50-50 at the moment. It’ll be down to Liam, now, if he wants to do it or not.

“We’ve got a good squad here. We’ve got a squad of 18-20 really good first team players so if Liam doesn’t make it then somebody will come in and I’m sure will do a very good job.”

Robbie’s press conference is available to watch in full on Hearts TV by clicking here.