First Team

“We have to stick together and push forward”

19th February 2022

Robbie Neilson says Hearts just weren’t good enough, as the Jambos slipped to defeat at McDiarmid Park in the cinch Premiership.

Strikes from Ali Crawford and Jamie McCart sealed the points for St. Johnstone on a disappointing afternoon for HMFC in Perth, and the manager admitted that the performance fell well below the standards that have been set this season.
 
“It’s disappointing. The last two weeks haven’t been good enough for the level we’ve shown we can get to. We’ve had a really good start and middle and we’re going through a wee dip,” he said.
 
“We need to get back to being aggressive with the ball. We were tentative which was disappointing. We aren’t a good enough team to win every single week. We’re sitting clear in third and we need to remember where we are. We should be putting on a better display and must take the flak that comes with losing but I have to look at the bigger picture.”
 
With attentions now turning to our next league clash against St. Mirren in Paisley, Robbie knows all focus must go on pulling ourselves out of our current run.  
 
“We know we will have ups and downs. We came up from the Championship and we are a big club and are expected to win but we are still building as a team,” he added.
 
“We aren’t going to go full level the whole time so we need to realise it’s about how quickly we come out of these dips. When the game’s not going for you, you get wee things like that.
 
“We have to stick together and push forward.”