First Team

Robbie: We'll get better

22nd August 2015

Head coach pleased with comprehensive Partick win but finds room for improvement.

Robbie Neilson declared today’s Ladbrokes Premiership win over Partick Thistle as a job well done, following a 3-0 victory over the Glasgow outfit.

Osman Sow, Sam Nicholson and Juanma hit the back of the net for the table-topping Jambos, who continued their 100% start to the campaign as Thistle had no answer.

Despite the three points, however, the head coach said there was plenty of work to do in terms of improvement if the winning run was to continue, as well as reminding supporters that a number of players were still struggling for fitness.

“We were a bit wasteful in the first half,” said Neilson. “We got into good areas but didn’t create a lot of great chances.

“We were OK today, not great,” he continued. “The second half was better in terms of attacking, and I’m pleased with the clean sheet, but there’s a lot we could have done better. 

“We need to be more clinical at times because we won’t get so many opportunities against Aberdeen and Celtic, so we need to take those when they come to us.

“We’re still a long way off competing with Celtic in the long term. At the moment, the players are a bit patched up. Buaben and Ozturk are playing with injuries, because they want to help us win.

“We’ve got the international break after the next two games, so they’ll get a good rest and that should see the team looking a bit sharper after that.”

Finally, Robbie praised Spanish striker Juanma as he responded well to missing a penalty by converting a beautiful chipped finish after outpacing the Partick defence just two minutes later.

“Juanma’s physicality was really important today. The ball stuck to him. He missed the penalty but responded brilliantly, and he probably enjoyed that goal more than he would have enjoyed a penalty going in.

“He’s done everything that we’ve asked of him, he holds the ball up, brings players into the game and he’s scoring goals too, so I’m very pleased with how he’s doing."