Robbie Neilson will keep pushing his five-star Hearts

Sam Nicholson, left, celebrates with three of Hearts' goalscorers: Jamie Walker, Osman Sow, who scored twice, and Soufian El Hassnaoui. Picture: Toby Williams
Sam Nicholson, left, celebrates with three of Hearts' goalscorers: Jamie Walker, Osman Sow, who scored twice, and Soufian El Hassnaoui. Picture: Toby Williams
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After his side moved six points clear at the top of the Championship, Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson stressed he will continue demanding more from his players in the pursuit of title success.

A 5-0 win over Livingston yesterday was not enough to satisfy Neilson, who bemoaned chances squandered in the second half which could have increased the goal margin. As it is, Hearts are six points in front of Rangers and eight goals better off ahead of the Glasgow club’s meeting with Hibs tonight.

Soufian El Hassnaoui’s first Hearts goal set the tone for a dominant display at Tynecastle yesterday against a Livingston team which defended poorly without their first-choice centre-backs. Jamie Walker added a second, Osman Sow scored twice and substitute James Keatings also etched his name on the scoresheet.

Neilson told the Evening News today why he will keep pushing for more. “It’s six points and we’re looking at eight goals ahead as well. I just need to keep pushing them again to keep going,” he said. “We play Queen of the South on Saturday and we go again.

“We need to be ruthless and make sure that, if we can score goals, then we score them. You don’t want to be critical of a 5-0 win because some of the stuff we played was great. Some of the goals were great, but I still think we can do more.

“I still think we have another gear we can go into sometimes. We get into it now and again but I think we can do it more consistently. That’s what we’re trying to do.

“We created a lot of chances yesterday. Sometimes we could have got the shot away a bit quicker but, on reflection, I probably shouldn’t be critical.

“We’ve set standards here that we want to keep hitting every week. I’m realistic enough to say that we aren’t going to hit them every week, but we need to get as close as we can to them.”