First Team

Robbie: Winning won't stop

21st March 2015

Head coach admits title glory is imminent but won't allow team to rest on their laurels.

As Hearts cruised to victory at Falkirk, knowing that anything bar a Hibs victory in tomorrow’s game with Rangers would deliver the Scottish Championship title to Gorgie, Robbie Neilson revealed he’s got some very big plans for the occasion.

“Tomorrow morning, I’ll be at Stirling University getting my Pro Licence, with a business management course starting at 9am, so it’ll be very exciting I’m sure,” laughed Neilson.

“I’ll be checking my phone regularly, I’m sure. I’ll be there with some other managers, Paul Hartley will be there so it’ll be good to catch up with him.”

"If we win the league tomorrow, great. If it's the following week at home to Queen of the South, then even better. I’d rather go into the Queens game needing a result if I’m honest.

“We’d like to deliver a performance worthy of the supporters and clinch the league ourselves.”

The Jambos initially took a while to get a foothold in the game, as the players struggled to adapt to the artificial surface at the Falkirk Stadium. 

Once Jamie Walker hammered home his 11th goal of the season, however, Neilson’s men took a vice grip of the match and never let it go for the remainder.

"We controlled most of the game, although it took a little bit of time for our players to get used to the surface,” explained Neilson.

“Once we got a grip of things, we dominated. Falkirk train on this surface daily, so they have that advantage, but I really like the surface, it suits a footballing side.”

After netting 20 times in their last 4 matches, Hearts now need a total of 16 goals from their remaining 7 matches to hit three figures in the scoring stakes.

As a side that already loves attacking, this goal has given the team the extra incentive needed to push on and score more.

In particular, Robbie disclosed that James Keatings has set himself his own personal target, so he would be the go-to man if more goals were in order.

"The boys just want to score goals. That was the reason I brought James on. He is desperate to do well and he's going for top scorer in the league, which I think he’s two short of right now, so it's great to have that on the bench.”

Finally, Neilson unveiled perhaps the biggest secret to the team’s success this season, which is a simple desire from the squad to better themselves.

Once they’ve improved their abilities, they can then take on a winning mentality, which is something the head coach insists he’ll be striving to keep going until the summer arrives and beyond.

"As a coach, you just want guys who are prepared to work hard to make the best of their ability, and we definitely have that. All the coaches and I can do is prepare training, and hope the boys buy into it, which they all have done.

“Even when we’ve won the league, it’s important that we continue to win games. We have to play Hibs and Rangers, and it’s vital for us to beat these sides. 

“Our mindset is that we must win every game, a club of this stature must not accept less.”