Gary Mackay: It doesn’t get better than this

Scott Robertson (left) and Prince Buaben battle for the high ball
Scott Robertson (left) and Prince Buaben battle for the high ball
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Six points from our opening two games of the season against the teams we expect to be our main title rivals – it doesn’t get any better than that.

Admittedly, yesterday, I don’t think many people could have had any complaints if it had ended up a draw.

The first half in particular was very evenly matched. We were neat and tidy in possession before the break, but it was only in the second half, when we got the ball forward and didn’t play as many short passes, that we really got on top of Hibs.

Sam Nicholson always looked the likeliest player to make the difference and so it proved. His goal was absolutely stunning and worthy of winning any derby on its own.

After we got that goal, I think it knocked the stuffing out of some of those Hibs players who still have a wee bit of mental weakness from what happened last season.

We now have to take the momentum on to Kirkcaldy this weekend where I’m sure the Hearts fans will have a great day out.

There is now a real sense of expectation around the team and our opponents will be looking to shoot us down.

The players have to try and do their bit to keep the fans buoyant, but at the same time the fans have to help the players.

The Rangers and Hibs games take care of themselves in terms of atmosphere, as will some of the away games where our fans will turn out in big numbers and make themselves heard, but there will be some games, particularly at home, where the atmosphere will be more low-key.

Those are the games that could be a bit trickier so we will need the fans to stick with the team and not take things for granted. The bond between the supporters and the players has been excellent so far, though, so hopefully we can maintain that throughout the season.

The only sour note is that we’re now going to miss Osman Sow and his physical presence. I can see why the referee felt the need to send him off. Hopefully we can keep winning in the big man’s absence.