Robbie Neilson insists he won’t be using his side’s 10-0 win over Cowdenbeath as a benchmark for tomorrow’s Championship match against Dumbarton.
The Jambos secured a record-breaking league win over the Blue Brazil last time out at Tynecastle, and despite knocking ten past Dumbarton already this season, the head coach will be just as happy with a narrow win in Gorgie tomorrow afternoon as three points is all that matters.
Speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this morning, Robbie said: “I think the game against Cowdenbeath was probably once in a lifetime for a lot of the players, to be honest with you.
“We had a really good day, Cowdenbeath had an off day and got a man sent off. If he hadn’t been sent off and they hadn’t got the penalty then it would’ve been a totally different scoreline.
“If we can get a 1-0 win tomorrow then it’ll be great, if we can score more goals then even better, but I don’t expect us to score as many goals again for a long, long time.”
The men in maroon continue to edge towards the Championship title, sitting on top of the pile and 17 points ahead of second-placed Hibs. Robbie admits planning for next season has started, but knows he can’t firm up his options until his lads seal the deal.
“We just target the next game, to be honest with you,” he said. “We’ve got four games to win, and if we can win all four then fantastic. That would give us six games where we can start experimenting for next year and start changing things and giving guys game time.
“Until we’re over the line we have to stay professional and continue to win games, and we’ll do that tomorrow as well.”
Robbie continues to have the majority of his squad available for selection for tomorrow’s visit of The Sons, who have been on the wrong end of a 5-1 defeat in both of the last meetings between the two teams.
“Team news is good, the only one out is Dale Carrick,” Robbie revealed. “He’s still struggling a bit with a hamstring injury but the rest of them are good.
“Prince Buaben has a problem with his toe and we’ll see how he is today. I don’t expect him to be involved but he might be on the bench or in the squad.”