First Team

Stick to the plan

26th September 2015

Robbie Neilson always confident that his side would come good with gameplan in 0-0 draw with Celtic.

Robbie Neilson may be pleased with a point at Celtic Park but he wants to build a side capable of going one further.

The Jambos held league champions Celtic to a stalemate in their own backyard and the head coach, whilst being happy with the draw, insists his long-term goal is take maximum points in Glasgow.

Speaking to HeartsTV at full time, he said: “We’re pleased with a point but long term I’d like to build a team that comes here and wins three points. That’s what we want to do, build a team that can come here and compete, play better football and dominate the game.

“That’s the project. We’re still a little bit away from it but we’re heading in the right direction. “

Hearts came up against an aggressive Celtic side that bombarded the Jambos’ defence with balls into the box. That didn’t panic Robbie, who felt his players would stick to their gameplan, even if it took a little bit of time to get going.

“I thought we defended really well and kept to our gameplan,” he said. “We allowed them to get the ball into the wide areas and allowed their centre-halves to have the ball and then dealt with everything from there.

“The first half was a little bit difficult. You come to a place like this and in the first ten minutes you have to make sure that you’re strong because they’ve got the fans behind them, they worked hard and they try and pop balls through you.

“We rode our luck a little bit in the first half but you have to do that here. We had a couple of chances in the game and could’ve nicked it but all in all, a point is a decent result for us.”