Gary Mackay: Hearts right to conserve some energy

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Saturday’s game, from a Hearts perspective, was all about just getting the job done.

Alloa are punching well above their weight and know how to make it hard for bigger clubs. They’ve hung in there in both games against Hearts this season, but I felt there was always a bit extra quality left in the tank to make sure we could get over the line comfortably.

We’ve got another hazardous fixture at Cowdenbeath tomorrow night so there was no need for us to go full-pelt in search of more goals on Saturday. If you want to win titles, it’s ultimately about getting results, and if you can conserve a bit of energy, then it’s all the better. Hearts managed to do both on Saturday. To be two games away from the half-way point of the season and still be unbeaten really is fabulous.

It was good to see Scott Robinson get a rare start on Saturday. He showed once again that he’s a good individual in terms of how he keeps his focus on the pitch even though he knows he could be on his way out of the club.

Jason Holt has also been mentioned as one who might be moving on and it’s safe to say those two haven’t had as much game time as they would have liked or expected prior to the changeover at the club.

Going back to April/May time, I think most Hearts fans would have expected those two to have a big part to play, but, unfortunately for them, it’s an area where the management have really strengthened, with Morgaro Gomis, Prince Buaben and Miguel Pallardo having jumped ahead of them in the pecking order.

The plus side of that is that we’ve got good strength in depth as we go into another two tricky fixtures either side of Christmas Day.

The Livingston game on Saturday will be fine for the players because it’s on a good surface and there will be a massive Hearts support through there. The Cowdenbeath game, on the other hand, was always going to be a tester due to the facilities, the pitch and the surroundings. The fact Cowden have just won at a good Queen of the South side will also give them confidence, so there is no chance Hearts will be taking tomorrow’s game for granted.