First Team

Style matters

24th April 2015

Robbie Neilson to mix it up tomorrow at Central Park as Hearts go searching three points.

Robbie Neilson has revealed that he’ll change his style of play to suit the conditions at Central Park tomorrow.

While the Jambos have enjoyed comfortable home victories over Cowdenbeath this season, the head coach believes that the return fixture in Fife is a different kettle of fish altogether, and his team selection will reflect that.

Speaking to the press this morning at Tynecastle, Robbie said: “We definitely have to change our style of play tomorrow. It’s a really tight pitch, the surface isn’t that great at this time of the year and there’s not a lot of grass on it, it’s dry and it’s bobbly.

“You have to change the way you play. It’s difficult to play a passing game. You can still try and do it in certain areas but the way they play, they want you to try and pass it and then they want to press you.

“We have to change our style a wee bit and we did it last time we went there and managed to get a result, so it’ll be much the same this time.”

One player who could perhaps feature tomorrow is Dale Carrick. The striker has had a torrid time with injuries this term but there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

“Carrick is back in the squad for us, which is great,” said Robbie. “We’ll see if he gets game time. I don’t want to push him too hard at the moment.

“He played 40 minutes in the U20s game on Tuesday and did really well, but it’s important that we don’t rush him. He’s had a couple of problems this year with injuries and I don’t want to push him too hard.

“I’ll speak to him today and see how he feels, then make the decision tomorrow whether he’s on the bench or not.”