First Team

Ross County Reaction: Robbie Neilson

18th September 2021

Robbie Neilson was pleased with his players’ comeback against Ross County but admits that finding themselves in that situation has left an overall feeling of frustration.

The Jambos took an early lead in Dingwall through Liam Boyce but were behind by the break thanks to Blair Spittal’s double.

The dominant side throughout the match, Hearts got back on level terms through Stephen Kingsley’s fantastic free kick.

Despite all their might, that third goal proved too elusive and the manager believes that while some of the play was excellent, the manner in which the goals were conceded made a tough job even harder.

“I thought we actually played really well in periods and moved it well,” he said. “We got into some really good areas and probably should have scored more goals.

“But we lost two scrappy goals in the first half. We knew with Jordan White up front they would go direct and would get second balls.

“We lost two and that was the most frustrating thing.

“I was pleased we managed to fight back and get back to 2-2 and we were the team in the ascendancy to go and try to win it.

“We like to try and win every game, but we couldn’t quite do it today.

“The team talk certainly changed a wee bit at half-time, going behind. I just thought they were poor goals to lose. The first one, it goes up and it is a second ball. We don’t press at the edge of the box. Their boy gets a great strike.

“The next one is basically just a flick-on to the runner and a cutback.

“I didn’t feel they had to work hard to get the goal, whereas we had to get ourselves into really good areas to score.”