First Team

Winning all that matters

10th November 2020

Robbie Neilson admits tonight’s Betfred Cup win over East Fife wasn’t a classic but he’s happy to have chalked up eight wins from eight.

The Jambos emerged victorious at Bayview thanks to an Olly Lee brace an Andy Irving’s second-half stunner, though the hosts twice rallied back through Jack Hamilton and Ryan Wallace.

While the manager was disappointed his side lost their composure, he can’t fault his squad for winning all four Group A games which sees them progress to Round 2.

"It had everything apart from a bit of quality in the second half,” he said. “We started the game really well and got two goals before they were even in our half.

"Then it just descended into them going direct. We had a couple of young boys in centre mid and it was a learning curve for them. You have to make sure you do the dog work in there and be aggressive. At times they did but East Fife got a bit of control.

"We got a great start and East Fife then have nothing to lose. It's either 2-0 or it could go 3-0 or 4-0. They start going direct and picking up second balls. At 0-0, it's a different type of game.

"I'm disappointed we didn't manage to get control of the game when it went like that. We didn't pick up second balls, we weren't composed and we got drawn into a kick and rush.

"It wasn't the most pleasing on the eye but it's three points, 12 out of 12 and eight wins out of eight and sets us up for a massive game a week on Friday.

"We've done as much as we can winning four out of four and you'd think that'd be enough to get seeded. If we're not then we'll play whosoever, we aren't bothered."