HEARTS moved to within three points of leaders Celtic after a comfortable win over Hamilton Accies.
Prince Buaben opened the scoring with a powerful 25-yard drive which skimmed off the slick surface giving shot-stopper Michael McGovern no chance.
Goalkeeper Neil Alexander was able to keep the ball out at the other end though as Lucas thought he’d found an equaliser with a powerful downward header.
But that was to prove important as great composure by Osman Sow in the box enabled Arnaud Djoum to double the hosts advantage from four yards shortly before the break.
Neilson refused to get carried away with talk of a title challenge to the Hoops.
“We’re looking at the Aberdeen score that’s the team that we are aiming for. The target for the start of the season was top six and we try to stay as close as we can to the better teams in the top six.”
Accies boss Martin Canning was annoyed his side conceded “poor goals” and didn’t think there was “much in the game.”
He also believed his side were due a penalty after striker Carlton Morris received a booking for going down too easy in the box.
“I’ve seen it back and it looks a penalty. I think the boy comes across far too quickly and he sticks it through his legs and there’s contact so for me it’s a penalty.”