First Team

Robbie: We must win these games

28th November 2015

Head coach unhappy with loss of slack goals in thrilling 2-2 draw at Fir Park.

Robbie Neilson bemoaned his side’s slack defending as Hearts had to come from behind twice to rescue a point in an entertaining game against Motherwell.

Lewis Moult put the home side in front after two minutes, before Juanma levelled the game with a delightful chipped finish on the 9th minute. 

Marvin Johnson broke clear to fire Well back in front with 25 minutes to go, but Osman Sow hit a stunner from 30 yards three minutes later to equalise.

“I’m disappointed,” admitted Neilson. “We wanted three points today, we should be winning games like these. We gave ourselves a difficult start by losing a bad goal.

“We got back in it through a quality bit of play, then lost another bad goal, and then scored an even better goal to level it. The quality wasn’t there enough today, though.”

When asked if the result constituted points dropped or a good result given the circumstances, the head coach was clear in the standards he expected from the squad.

“It’s points dropped, absolutely,” he continued. “We were sitting in a good position in second, now we’re third, and we were playing against a team sitting second bottom. We expect to win these matches.

“The conditions didn’t help. We couldn’t even take a free kick at one point, it was atrocious out there. In the grand scheme of things, a point is OK but we wanted three.”

“It’s encouraging to show that fight in coming back twice from going behind, but the bad thing about that is we’re losing goals again. We went four or five games without conceding and now we’re letting bad goals in again.

“We scored two superb goals, but we shouldn’t need to be pulling goals like that out the bag just to grab a draw in a game like this. They should be winners.”

Prince Buaben entered the game with twenty minutes to go, and the midfielder earned praise from Robbie for his composure in midfield, and his willingness to drive at the Motherwell defence, as Hearts aimed to cut the gap on Celtic at the top of the table.

“Buaben coming on nearly won the game for us,” Robbie stated. “He brought real drive and control to the midfield that we’d been missing.

“We just didn’t take our chances, but we’ll see how the table looks tomorrow after Celtic play. You never know, this might end up a good result for us.”