First Team

"Sensational" says Robbie

12th March 2022

“Sensational” - that was Robbie Neilson’s verdict after Heart of Midlothian booked passage to Hampden Park and the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.

Goals from Beni Baningime, Peter Haring, Aaron McEneff and Ellis Simms saw the Jam Tarts reach the last four in style. It was an especially pleasing night for the club considering several key players were missing through injury, with fringe players coming in and stamping their mark on the game.
 
Quality not quantity is the oft repeated message from the manager, and it certainly showed tonight.
 
“I’m absolutely delighted. What we’ve done in the league is great, pushing for Europe is great, but Hampden is where we want to be,” he told Hearts TV.
 
“It’s something that Joe and I talked about at the start of the season. We asked ourselves whether we wanted to have a 22-man squad with ten excellent players and 12 average ones, or a smaller squad with real quality.
 
 “We want to try and win trophies, and tonight we’ve taken a step forward. The crowd were fantastic tonight, and hopefully we can take a massive crowd through to Hampden and get to the final.
 
“I said before the game that any players stepping in for the injured boys are still top three or four players in Scotland, and you saw that tonight.”
 
This was a night where Tynecastle rocked. A cup clash in Gorgie that will live long in the memory, with the manager effusive with praise for the atmosphere generated by both sets of supporters.
 
“First of all credit to the St. Mirren fans, they helped bring something to it tonight but our fans were sensational. We had a brilliant start and, even when the game went to 2-2, they pushed us on again,” he added.
 
“It was a great night and hopefully we’ll have them with us at Hampden next month.”