Robbie Neilson says he couldn’t fault Hearts’ efforts at Tynecastle today, as Ross County held the Jambos to a goalless draw.
Despite a flurry of Hearts chances, including a Liam Boyce effort that when a whisker wide of goal in the dying embers of the match, the men in maroon couldn’t break down a resolute and compact County side.
The manager spoke of his frustration, but also offered some positive news on the injury front ahead of next week’s trip to face Celtic in the east end of Glasgow.
“It was a frustrating day, to be honest with you. We weren’t quite at it,” he told Hearts TV
“We had opportunities in those final moments and with the decisions presented to us, we didn’t pick the right one. I couldn’t fault the players’ work rate but the final moments were the problem today.
“To County’s credit, they defended really well. They had numbers in the box and loads and loads of blocks. Could we have finished better? Potentially.
“We didn’t finish well today but sometimes you need to accept that. We’ve got a big three games coming up now before we get to that cup final.
“We put the strongest team we had out, maybe not much on the bench fitness-wise because we had three players who weren’t quite ready to start.
“I hope next week we’ll have a few more back which will give us a few more options, and then it’s about going to Parkhead and trying to win the game. It’s important we go there and try and put on a show.”
It was the end of an era at Tynecastle this afternoon, as the club bid farewell to legendary stadium announcer Scott Wilson – hanging up his mic after over two decades in the hot seat at Tynecastle.
An iconic voice to generations of Jambos, captain Craig Gordon ran into the Main Stand at full time to bring Scott onto the pitch so the Gorgie faithful could give him a proper send-off.
“Scottie’s been a huge part of this football club for a very long time There are people who have grown up with that voice. It’s something people always assosciate with Hearts and coming to Tynecastle. Pre-match, post-match, half-time, subs, everything,” said Robbie.
“It’s a wonderful achievement to have had twenty years here and we’re so disappointed to lose him because it’s going to be a totally different experience. There are big shoes to fill for whoever comes in next but we wish him all the best.
“I’m sure he’ll always be here as a fan because he’s a massive Jambo.”