Robbie Neilson today acclaimed one of his biggest wins as Hearts manager after his team’s 2-1 victory at Falkirk.
He then insisted they will cope with losing midfielder Morgaro Gomis to a one-match ban.
Hearts moved six points clear of Rangers at the top of the Championship with their win on Saturday evening. The Glasgow club are due at Tynecastle this Saturday for a top-of-the-table clash.
Hearts entered the match at Falkirk under a touch of pressure after Rangers dropped points at home to Alloa earlier in the day. The Gers’ 1-1 draw created a chance for Neilson’s side to increase their lead at the top of the league, which they duly seized thanks to goals from Kevin McHattie and Soufian El Hassnaoui.
A negative was Gomis’s sixth league booking of the season which triggered an automatic one-game suspension. He is free to play against Rangers in the league and Celtic in the Scottish Cup but misses the home match against Queen of the South on December 6.
“Saturday was one of the biggest wins for us. Knowing the Rangers score before kick-off and going to Falkirk, where we don’t have a great history in terms of results, it was a great victory,” Neilson told the Evening News.
“I thought we played really well in the first half and then had to battle through in the second half.
“It’s a huge three points for us and sets us up well for playing Rangers this week.
“We need to try and win every game. We’re doing really well so far this season and we need to continue to do that.
“We have a real spirit about the team. Everyone is fighting for each other and they all want to do well. I think you could see that on Saturday.
“When it started getting a bit physical in the second half, they stuck together and looked after each other. That was great to see.
“We can play the football and pass the ball about but we can also handle ourselves as well.”
On Gomis, Neilson added: “Morgaro’s been great all season for us but that’s why we have a big squad. Miguel Pallardo came in on Saturday and I thought Jason Holt did really well when he came on.”
• Hearts Under-20s are in action against Partick Thistle tonight.
The match kicks off at 7pm at New Victoria Park, Newtongrange.