First Team

Robbie: We're almost there

14th March 2015

Gaffer knows success is within touching distance, but insists there will be no let-up.

Robbie Neilson praised his side for showing their qualities as they recovered from a difficult first half to defeat Dumbarton 4-0 at Tynecastle.

The Jambos hit four second-half goals as their relentless march in the search for silverware continues, with strikes from Osman Sow, Danny Wilson and a late Billy King double sealing things.

After the match, Robbie admitted the first half was troublesome against a ‘stuffy’ Dumbarton side.

“Teams play 3-5-2 or 3-6-1 against us at times, which can make it really difficult for us to break down,” he said. “Our quality in the final third was lacking at times in the first half.

“We had chances off the woodwork, passes that missed by inches, it wasn’t quite working. In the second half, we showed our qualities and what we’re capable of.”

It was a poignant occasion at Tynecastle, as former Hearts players gathered to remember the life and mourn the passing of Dave Mackay, the club’s greatest ever player.

The head coach conceded that it was vital for the team to not just win, but win properly as a fitting tribute to one of the best Scottish players of all time.

“It was important for us to win properly,” continued Robbie. “Everybody at the club knows Dave, the players know him, he’s a legendary figure. We read his words before every game in the dressing room.

“We wanted to honour him with a proper tribute, and I’m glad we were able to deliver on that.”

Robbie also reserved special praise for King, with the winger coming off the bench to net two late goals as he showed why he may have felt he should have started today’s game.

“Billy was disappointed not to start,” revealed the head coach. “Not many players will be dropped from a team that wins 10-0, but he’s a great kid and a strong character.

“He understood my reasons for changing the team, and he absolutely responded in the right manner. It’s so hard for me to pick 11 players right now, because I have to leave others out.”

Finally, the gaffer confirmed that the team intended to win their next two games this week, with tricky fixtures away at Falkirk next weekend, and firstly, Raith Rovers at Stark's Park on Tuesday night.

“Our aim is to get six points this week. We know we’re almost there, but we still have to do the hard work. The boys will be in first thing tomorrow morning and we’ll go again.”