Next Game

Alloa v Hearts

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 17:30

Scots Champ

Last Game

Hearts 2 - 3 Falkirk

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 15:00

Scots Champ

Neilson: We're getting there

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson says he is satisfied with the progress being made by the team during pre-season.

Last Updated: 10/07/14 at 12:06 Post Comment

Hearts striker Gary Oliver gets a shot on target in pre-season friendly against

Hearts striker Gary Oliver gets a shot on target in pre-season friendly against

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Neilson’s comments follow their 1-0 friendly defeat to Hamilton at New Douglas Park on Wednesday when Grant Gillespie headed a last-minute winner.

The 34-year-old former Hearts player was appointed to his new role at the end of last season but says things are moving in the right direction.

He said: “We’re getting there slowly but surely. They’re starting to implement the things I want them to do.

“But it was all about work rate here and trying to pass the ball. They took some risks here and there, and they made some mistakes.

“But you have to let them make mistakes at this stage of the season so they understand what they can and can’t do.

“Overall, it was a good exercise for us. It was pleasing. The boys were a bit fatigued going into the game because they had had a heavy day on the training ground as we try to build their fitness.”

Regarding new signing Prince Bauben, Neilson said: “He needs to prove his fitness because the ability is there.”

As for the match, Hearts youngster Jamie Walker struck the bar with a fierce shot from just outside the box before half-time.

And as the seconds ticked away, Danny Galbraith’s chip in to the box was met by Gillespie whose looping header just inside the post was out of reach of the diving Hearts keeper.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Gary Lineker could host BT Sport's Champions League coverage

Gary Lineker has held talks with BT Sport about presenting their Champions League coverage next season.

Contract news: Robin van Persie unsure if he will be offered new Manchester United deal

Robin van Persie says he has no idea if he will be offered a new contract at Manchester United.

Manchester United U21s beat Liverpool 2-1 as Victor Valdes makes first appearance for the club

Goals from Nick Powell and Paddy McNair gave Manchester United's U21 side victory over Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company