Hearts won’t rest on laurels after record victory

Hearts hot-shot Genero Zeefuik, left, celebrates completing his hat-trick with team-mate Sam Nicholson, right, during the Tynecastle club's astonishing 10-0 rout of Cowdenbeath on Saturday
Hearts hot-shot Genero Zeefuik, left, celebrates completing his hat-trick with team-mate Sam Nicholson, right, during the Tynecastle club's astonishing 10-0 rout of Cowdenbeath on Saturday
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Hearts coach Robbie Neilson issued a chilling warning to his club’s title rivals after the record-breaking 10-0 win over Cowdenbeath and declared: “We won’t be resting on our laurels”.

With the Scottish Championship in sight, Neilson urged his players to drive on towards the title in the wake of their biggest-ever league victory. The 10-0 defeat of Cowdenbeath is a new club record which maintained Hearts’ 20-point lead over Hibs at the summit.

Hearts require five wins from their remaining ten games to secure their first league success in more than 30 years. Neilson insisted they won’t be relaxing despite the staggering victory.

“It was a great performance and a great win, but it’s Monday morning and it’s forgotten about,” Neilson told the Evening News. “Now we need to go again. There are things we can improve on from Saturday.

“We aren’t going to rest on our laurels now. We need to keep developing, keep working hard, and get ready for Dumbarton in a fortnight.

“It took us 25 minutes to break them down but we were patient, which I was pleased with, but there are loads of things we can still work on. What we don’t want to do is get carried away and think: ‘We scored ten goals on Saturday so that’s us done and dusted for the season’.

“There are still ten games to go and we need to try and win them.”