Gary Mackay: Let’s stick together to help Hearts

Osman Sow scores the penalty. Picture: ian Georgeson
Osman Sow scores the penalty. Picture: ian Georgeson
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The first half didn’t go the way we wanted against Cowdenbeath on Saturday, and that, unfortunately, resulted in restlessness from some Hearts fans.

It’s often said that fans pay their money so are entitled to say how they feel, but I think some of our fans need to remember just how close we were to going out of business less than six months ago. Just because we are now prospering doesn’t mean we can turn up and expect to swat teams aside every week.

People need to understand that teams like Cowdenbeath don’t prepare all week to come and lie down to Hearts from the first minute onwards.

Admittedly, the first half wasn’t up to the tempo of other games this season, but there will be times like that throughout the Championship, where the supporters have to pull the players through.

It’s important that everybody sticks together as a group so we can give ourselves the best chance to meet the high expectations that are now on the team.

Thankfully, we got a really good response in the second half, and that’s to the players’ credit. They blew Cowdenbeath away in the end, but they could just as easily have gone into their shells after the anxiety from the stands in the first half.

The really positive thing is that, once we do get on the front foot, we are winning games emphatically and boosting our goal difference.

We had a few players in the team on Saturday who hadn’t played as much as they would have liked, and Scott Robinson’s performance, just a few weeks after being told he could leave the club, epitomised the spirit in the camp. Because of the increased strength in depth, players are coming into the team desperate to prove themselves, which makes for a strong squad.

The manager now has lots of options for going to Celtic in the League Cup on Wednesday. It would be wonderful to come away with a result from Celtic Park, but, for me, the main thing is that we go there and give a good account of ourselves.

It would be great to get a cup run but the priority is beating Livingston in the league on Sunday and maintaining our title challenge.