First Team

Win down to belief

11th October 2014

Head coach thinks Jambos' self belief secured full points against Alloa today.

Robbie Neilson has hailed his players for digging deep to beat Alloa 1-0, despite playing the final ten minutes without Danny Wilson.

The Jambos’ skipper sat out the remaining ten minutes after tweaking his hamstring, but the Championship-leaders went on to get make the breakthrough in the 86th minute, courtesy of Adam Eckersley’s deflected free-kick.

Speaking after the match, Robbie was adamant that the win will help to breed confidence even further.

“I hope we can maintain this momentum through the rest of the season,” he said. “We know there’s going to be more games like this and it’s going to be difficult.

“We got a wee bit of luck with the goal. We got a good delivery in, we get a knick on it and we get it in. We need to keep playing and keep trying to win games. We’ve been doing that and we’ve been winning a lot of the games 2,3,4,5-0. That breeds confidence but a game like today breeds confidence as well.

“There will be other times in the season where it is 0-0 for 85 minutes but we’ve got that belief now that we can go and do it again.

“We went to ten men and lost our captain but there was still that belief and drive to go and win it. These are difficult games and venues to come to, so to drop down to ten men and still get a 1-0 win is fantastic and I’m delighted with them.

“There’s a real spirit in the dressing room and we can gear up now for Dumbarton.

"I’m sure Danny will be fine. Again, it was just a precaution. Danny’s a big, big player for us and he felt a twinge in his hamstring.

"We were going to put him up front to give us a wee bit of presence up there but I decided to just take him off. “