World News – GB – Neilson issues Hearts warning as he urges players to learn Cowdenbeath’s lesson


The blunderer from Tynecastle expects most clubs to sit down and defend their lives against Hearts the same way Cowdenbeath does

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Robbie Neilson has warned Hearts will have to get used to what teams make it difficult for them this season after beating Cowdenbeath 1-0 in the Betfred Cup

Craig Halkett’s ball header 12 minutes from time saved the Jambos’ blush before Jamie Walker missed a time-out penalty

Neilson’s side were never in real danger of losing the game, but worked hard to smash their Ligue 2 opponents for most of the game

When they succeeded their finish was far from deadly, but the manager thinks it’s a good indication of what the league favorites will face this season

« It’s going to be like that this season, » he said « There will be a lot of teams who sit down with two banks of fours and make it difficult for you and leave your middle halves on the ball

« It’s up to us to move the ball faster and get used to the surface

We’ll play on this when we’re in Alloa, Raith Rovers and Queen of the South

« For us that was a good indication of what it was going to look like in some games

« Another day we might have scored two or three points, but we weren’t. We got into some good areas and Cowdenbeath defended really well »

Andy Irving’s call to Scotland’s Under-21 team saw teenager Scott McGill make his Hearts senior debut, and Neilson was impressed with the midfielder

« He was about to start, but we got a phone call last night and he got the call, which is great for Andy, » Neilson said

« But we brought in Scott McGill for his debut, which was great for the kid and I thought he did really well It’s an opportunity for him »

« I thought we had a penalty in the first half, » he said « Probably more than what Hearts received a penalty for »

Heart of Midlothian FC, Cowdenbeath FC, Craig Halkett, Robbie Neilson, Bayview Stadium

World News – GB – Neilson triggers Hearts warning as he urges players to learn the lesson of Cowdenbeath


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