First Team

Robbie: Why we're champions

25th April 2015

Head coach hails never-say-die attitude after last-gasp win at Cowdenbeath.

Robbie Neilson praised his players for their never-say-die attitude as they secured a last-gasp win against Cowdenbeath today at Central Park.

After falling behind to an early Colin Marshall goal, the Jambos bounced back through Callum Paterson and an injury-time winner from Brad McKay to break the 16-year-old points record for the Scottish second tier.

Following a tough match on a poor surface, the head coach explained what made him so pleased with the way Hearts fought their way back into the game.

“This is a difficult place to come, for a variety of reasons,” said Robbie. “The pitch isn’t great, and when you combine that with them fighting for their lives, it’s not going to be easy. They were probably deserving of a draw.

“On the other hand, we’ve done it so often - winning when not at our best, that’s what wins you championships. When it’s not going your way, you must believe it can be salvaged. Cowdenbeath put a lot into it, but football is a ruthless game.”

Once the title was secured, some were concerned Hearts had little to motivate them for the remainder of the season, but Neilson insisted the record points tally was a target he wanted, and was pleased to have achieved.

“We’re delighted to get the points record for the league,” he continued. “Hibs obviously had a good season when they were relegated back in 1998, but we’ve matched them and surpassed them in a really difficult league.

“It was the main target we set the players after we won the league, so we can go into the Rangers game with confidence and look forward to receiving our trophy.”