Date: 23rd February 2015 at 7:21pm
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Robbie Neilson has said that Hearts’ two one victory over Queen of the South this weekend was a huge step towards the Championship title.

With the hosts taking a mid way first half lead before King got us back on level terms, and then Zeefuik added the winner five minutes from time, Neilson told the Official Site that for him, the team showing the spirit to come back into the game and then take the vital victory at Palmerston Park means we have just taken a huge step towards the Championship title with the lead we have over the nearest chasers and our head coach was also full of praise for the opponents for the manner in which they played the game as well.

The gap is now 20 points with only eleven games left.

‘Queens started the match really well, but we responded in the right manner and got back into the game. We showed great spirit after going a goal down, and we dominated the second half. We deserved our win.’

Given our form and performances this season, the gaffer said he was never really too concerned even when we conceded the first goal because he knew we had enough about us to get back on level terms and then take the win because there was so much time left, and thankfully the team proved his belief in them right.

‘At this stage of the season, it’s a case of chalking off the games left. This was a huge game. We have two matches at home now, but for me, this was the one that I wanted to win most.’

Adding that he felt if we won this one it would be a ‘huge step’ to the title for us, because people would’ve been looking to us to slip up or get complacent, and had we done that Queens have the quality to have made us pay for that – so in many ways it’s a late statement to those 20 points behind us about what they are going to have to do if they hope to catch us.

Crediting the opposition again, he added that he feels if they reach the play offs this season, especially with their performances at home, then ‘there’s a great chance’ that people will be watching them in the Premiership next season.

With the only league defeat coming to Falkirk last month, Hearts have now won all four matches since, extended the gap at the top and have now gone more than 12 months undefeated in the league away from home with this result behind us.

Whilst he’d have loved to have gone all season without a loss, Neilson accepts it was a good wake up call in hindsight and helped refocus the team – so he knows he can’t grumble because that pressure of being unbeaten was lifted, and it allowed the team to settle again.

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