We are still in a rut of playing good football and not getting the rewards our play merits – especially in front of our own supporters.
I’m hoping we don’t fall into the category of being a nice team on the eye, but when it comes to putting our opponents to the sword, we are found wanting.
Another opportunity passed us by at the weekend with the goalless draw against Queen of the South. It seems Alan Stubbs’ men can’t put a winning sequence together to threaten the sides at the top of the division.
It’s all well putting in assured performances, but this will count for nothing if more victories aren’t put on the board. Personally, I would rather taste two defeats and collect maximum points from the next four or five matches than be content with a share of the points every other Saturday.
An improvement in our style of play is there for all to see, but our management team are still to add a ruthless streak to the squad. I have regularly expressed my concerns regarding the losing mentality that has plagued Easter Road for too long now, where sub-standard performances have been accepted over picking up the three points.
Too often visiting teams are continuing to relish their trip to the Capital, with our last four matches at home ending in stalemate. We are now without a win on our own turf since we narrowly overcame Cowdenbeath in the middle of September.
The off-the-field issues that surfaced in the press last week perhaps affected the players to some degree. However, having been in a similar position myself when playing for the club, you have to remain professional and get on with the job in hand, as you are unable to control anything other than what happens out on the pitch.
With Rangers’ visit to Tynecastle on Saturday, it is vital we pick up all three points on our travels away to Ian Murray’s Dumbarton. We have struggled already this season against the Sons, coming back from two down to prevail 3-2 in the League Cup before a rather uninspiring 0-0 draw at Easter Road last month. A good week’s training is certainly needed.