Hearts won’t be writing off Blue Brazil

Robbie Neilson at Riccarton
Robbie Neilson at Riccarton
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Robbie Neilson insists there’s no chance of Hearts treating Cowdenbeath lightly, particularly after last weekend’s events in the Championship.

For the second week running, the league leaders face one of the division’s part-time clubs as bottom-of-the-table Blue Brazil visit Tynecastle on Saturday.

Hearts are hot favourites to get back on track after a frustrating goalless draw at Dumbarton, but Neilson knows his team need to be prepared for another tricky game against a side who led Hibs 2-1 at Easter Road with 15 minutes remaining last weekend before eventually succumbing to a 3-2 defeat.

“Cowdenbeath were in a good position for 75 minutes at Easter Road and then they lost a couple of goals at the end, so we’ll certainly not be underestimating them,” said Hearts’ head coach. “It’ll be another very difficult game and it’s one we’ve been building towards all week, doing all we can to prepare properly.

“Last week wasn’t a wake-up call – we knew it was going to be hard. We had been speaking about that for a while. We can’t underestimate any teams in this league. There’ll be plenty games like last week where it’ll be hard to break teams down.”

Meanwhile, Hearts are exploring the possibility of offering goalkeeper Bryn Halliwell some coaching duties. The 33-year-old Englishman joined on a one-month emergency deal four weeks ago when the club were hit by a goalkeeping crisis. Although he hasn’t been called into action, Hearts’ management have been impressed by Halliwell’s influence around Riccarton and are keen to continue utilising his experience on the training ground.