First Team

Time to cut out costly errors

12th August 2016

Robbie Neilson confident Hearts can return to winning ways at Pittodrie.

Robbie Neilson is adamant Hearts can return to winning ways against Aberdeen on Saturday, provided his side cut out the errors that have proved costly in recent weeks.

The Jambos head to Pittodrie on the back of defeats to Celtic and St Johnstone, but the Head Coach has nonetheless been pleased with several aspects of his team’s performances.

Speaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Dons, Robbie said:

“Every game is important. We’ve had a difficult week, you know, two very close games that we’ve come out the wrong side of.

“I do believe that, performance wise, it has been good. The Celtic game was really good and large periods of the St Johnstone game was good as well.

“Small errors have cost us so far, but if we can cut them out then we’ll be a strong team this year. Saturday will be another tough game but if we get rid of the errors then we feel we can take the three points.

“We’re positive, the players are positive. Sometimes you have periods when you don’t get the results you’re looking for, that’s the nature of the game.”

Robbie will have to make do without influential playmaker Jamie Walker, who will serve the first of a two match ban. He is boosted, however, by the arrival of Krystian Nowak and the return to fitness of one Perry Kitchen.

“Of course, losing Jamie will be a big loss but we have a good squad here. We’ve got Perry Kitchen back in the squad which gives us a big boost.

“Our new signing Krystian is in the squad again too and he will be ready if called upon tomorrow. I think he’ll prove to be a good signing for the club.”