Hearts manager Robbie Neilson admits that he was disappointed his side didn’t take the three points yesterday at home to Dundee – but rejected suggestions that topping the table was a problem for his players.
Jason Cummings’ late equaliser denied the Jambos three points as they extended their unbeaten start to the season but Neilson insists his players need to move on and focus on their next game.
With Hearts going top ahead of Rangers’ clash with St Mirren this afternoon, some have suggested it will be too much pressure for the Tynecastle side less than six months after winning the Championship.
“I don’t think so, to be honest,” Neilson said when asked if topping the table was a burden for his side.
“No matter who we play here, we are expected to win. When we don’t win, there is a disappointment from the dressing room whether it is Rangers, Celtic, Dundee or Ross County.
“We expect to go and win the game. We didn’t win it today , but we had the chances to win it and the performance to merit it, but we have to accept the point and move on. We are undefeated after 10 games on our return to the top flight and the mood in the camp is very good.
“If you look at the bigger picture, we are sitting top of the league after 10 games. Yes, we are disappointed not to have taken maximum points after the way we played and the amount of chances we created, but I can’t fault the players for their effort and the way they tried to win.
“But when you are 1-0 up and you don’t get the next goal, you are always susceptible to losing one.
“You are always going to have games where you don’t have that final moment, but the key phrase is that we are getting the moments. We are getting into really good areas, having shots. Some days, it just doesn’t go in.”
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