Hearts: Unbeaten run not focus, says Robbie Neilson

James Keatings celebrates at Tynecastle
James Keatings scored a fabulous opening goal at Tynecastle

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson is motivated solely by promotion - and not the Championship leaders' unbeaten run.

The Edinburgh side are the only team without a league loss in Britain this season following Chelsea's defeat at Newcastle United.

"The unbeaten run isn't really something we're focusing on as some kind of trophy," said Neilson.

"We'll maybe lose a game eventually, but it's not unbeaten runs that we focus on, it's accumulating points."

A 4-1 victory over Queen of the South at Tynecastle keeps Hearts nine points ahead of Rangers in Scotland's second tier.

A spectacular volley from James Keatings fired the hosts in front but Prince Buaben missed a first-half penalty and Iain Russell levelled from a spot-kick after the interval.

Hearts had to withstand a lot of pressure at 1-1 but goals from Danny Wilson, Buaben and Adam Eckersley earned a 13th win from 15 league matches.

And Neilson was delighted with the way his players recovered from a sticky spell to run out convincing winners.

He told the club website:external-link "I would say Queens are the best away side we've had here at Tynecastle this season, so enormous credit to them, but I felt we stayed strong and once we got the second goal, the game opened up and we were able to pick them off.

"I always believed in our ability to win the game, but also our desire not to drop points.

"Neil Alexander made a superb point blank save and Scott Robinson did his job right by staying on the line and clearing the ball. That just shows how desperate they are not to let up.

Hearts captain Danny Wilson was on target in the victory
Hearts captain Danny Wilson was back from injury after missing four matches

"We've got our back four plus two defensive-minded midfielders who are determined not to let our opposition score, but also we've got players who are desperate to score goals."

Wilson marked his return from injury with the crucial second goal and the captain was also refusing to get carried away by Hearts' excellent league form, pointing to exits from all three cup competitions.

"We've been unfortunate to lose games in the cup, especially as the draws haven't been so kind to us, so we're not entirely happy with that," the defender told the club website. "However, the league and cup are totally different propositions for us.

"A run in the cup would have been great, but be left in no doubt the league is absolutely the priority for us. It's easily the most important thing. We want to win the league."