Robbie Neilson explains Hearts’ challenge to drive key products at the top of the Premiership
The intensity of the first half of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Motherwell underpinned the victory, with both goals scored in under 22 minutes as the visitors struggled to keep pace.
Liam Boyce’s penalty and Stephen Kingsley’s free-kick put Hearts in control, although Motherwell responded in what was a more even second half.
Manager Robbie Neilson said the Tynecastle team need to maintain the speed and drive that has been a big factor in their progress since returning to the top flight this summer.
“Energy is so important to us. We want to be in the spotlight, we want to go press and we have energy in the team, ”Neilson told the Evening News. “Side to side, we have good characters who want to do well.
“They will make mistakes like we all do, but the main thing is that we are all together. We are in a good race right now and we just want to keep going.”
Compared to last season’s championship win, the new-look Hearts team is much more dynamic.
“We are better. I think we have 18 outfielders and two goalkeepers who could play in all of Scotland’s teams, ”said Neilson.
“So we have good strength in depth and a lot of energy. We have 20 first-team players who want to be here and want to do well for the club and last season we didn’t have that.
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