First Team

Robbie: We have to keep pushing

28th September 2014

Robbie Neilson believes the best is yet to come from Hearts following their impressive 5-0 victory over Livingston

Robbie Neilson was pleased with his side's emphatic 5-0 victory over Livingston on Sunday afternoon, but still feels the team has plenty more to offer.

Two goals from Osman Sow, as well as strikes from Soufian El Hassnaoui, Jamie Walker and James Keatings, put the Jambos six points clear at the top of the Championship table. It also marked the second consecutive home game in which the boys in maroon have racked up five goals, but the manager still feels there's more to come from his young side.

"I'm pleased, we played well at times but I think we could have done more. We passed the ball quickly and exposed them a lot, but we didn't do as much as I'd like. Although we scored five goals, we probably should have scored more," said Neilson.

"Their goalkeeper had some great saves but at the same time our finishing and decision making wasn't great. If we're going to try and win the league then we need to take the opportunity to rack some goals up," he continued.

One of the many highlights of Sunday's five star performance was Soufian El Hassnaoui's opening strike, which marked his first goal for the club since joining in the summer. The Dutch-born Moroccan partnered Osman Sow up front and the gaffer is hoping to form several strike partnerships over the course of the season.

"We want guys who are desperate to score goals. James (Keatings) came on and scored a goal and I'm delighted with that, as you want people to come on and be desperate to score," Neilson explained.

"I'm trying to give them all a bit of game time together. It's important to have several partnerships so we must make sure they are all used to playing with one and other," said Neilson.

Hearts' unbeaten start to the season now stretches to seven games, but Neilson is under no illusions about the challenges that lay ahead.The Jambos travel south to Dumfries next Saturday for a potentially tricky tie against Queen of the South.

"It's important that we keep pushing.The boys will be back in tomorrow morning and we'll start preparing for Queen of the South.It'll be a big atmosphere down there and we must make sure we prepare properly for that," Neilson concluded.