Robbie Neilson insists the season doesn’t get any easier as it goes on, thanks to teams becoming more familiar with each other’s style of play.
The Jambos welcome Cowdenbeath to Tynecastle tomorrow, and having won the previous encounters 5-1 and 2-0, the head coach believes the gap is closing between the top and bottom sides.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning, Robbie said: “I think it’s becoming more difficult to get wins each week. For most teams it’s getting quite difficult because most teams know each other.
“There are not surprises anymore. We’ve all played each other three, possibly four times this season. We’ve played Livingston five times since August.
“It can be difficult to find new ways to break teams down. Also, when teams come to Tynecastle and when we play away from home, they’re sitting in against us and making it very difficult. They’re probably happy to get a 0-0.
“The motivation of a team coming to Tynecastle to try and get a draw or win, Cowdenbeath will be doing that.
“There’s no pressure on them, the pressure’s on us to win the game. But that’s part and parcel of the game and being top of the league, and you need to handle that.
“We need to go into games and win them.”
Robbie will enjoy a near clean bill of health for tomorrow’s game, with only one long-term casualty.
“Everyone’s good,” he said. “The only one out is Dale Carrick. He’s still having a problem with his hamstring but he’s on the road to recovery and he’s getting better.
“Other than that, we’re good.”