Sam Nicholson: It’s only half-time for Hearts

Sam Nicholson. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Sam Nicholson. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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Sam Nicholson insists Hearts won’t get carried away by their 15-point advantage at the top of the Championship because they know there is still half a season of potential pitfalls left to negotiate.

The Tynecastle side have been hailed as champions in waiting after breezing through the first 18 games without defeat. “We are delighted with it,” said winger Nicholson ahead of tomorrow’s visit from Hibs. “But we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves and think that’s us done something in football. It’s only half a season. There’s still another half season to go.

“The manager is telling us to take it game by game and he’s right. We can’t look at winning the next four games because that doesn’t matter. There are loads of hard games coming up. Hibs is a massive game. We’ve got Rangers in two weeks – even Dumbarton the week after, they’re all hard.”

Hearts fans have revelled in their side’s stunning form, with more than 7000 making the trip to Livingston last weekend. Nicholson, himself a Hearts supporter, said: “It was unbelievable. It felt like a home game having the three stands packed out.”