First Team

Robbie wants momentum

18th November 2016

Robbie Neilson looking for his side to gather momentum after stop-start period of games.

Robbie Neilson is looking for his team to hit top form now that the stop-start nature of the season is over.

A mix of international breaks and rescheduled matches has seen the Jambos take to the pitch only five times in the past seven weeks, preventing them from gaining any real momentum.

But with a clear run of games until the January break now in sight, Robbie hopes his side’s consistency will improve as they look to move up the Ladbrokes Premiership table.

Speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference, he said: “It’s been a difficult kind of season in that there’s been a couple of games then we’re off for a week or two, then a couple of games then we’re off, games getting moved about and things like that but that’s just football.

“Hopefully now, as we get into the end of November and into December, we’ve got a good run of games. We play a couple of midweek games before we get to the break, then we can get a good consistency going.

“It’s been a little bit stop-start but that’s the way football is now. You have Monday night games, you have Friday night games for the TV so it’s important that we have to deal with it.

“It’s good to get back to that way when training’s done because we’re going to do this on Saturday and we’re going to do that on Saturday.”

Hearts travel to the Superseal Stadium on Monday night to take on Hamilton Accies. The home of Martin Canning’s side wasn’t a happy hunting ground for the men in maroon last season, but Robbie is hoping his team’s own style of play will combat that of their hosts.

“Hamilton’s always a tough place to go,” he said. “They’ve got a real way of playing that gets a real benefit out of the players that they’ve got.

“It’s the same kind of style that Alex Neil played when he was there, and Martin is now carrying it on. He’s brought in some different players to play the same system and it’s one that is difficult to break down and cope with as well.

“Last season we found it difficult there as well, we got beat and we drew the two times we were there. So it’s important that we go there and try and implement our game style but also realise that it’s going to be tough.”