The refereeing performance by Willie Collum has obviously dominated the headlines, but, as disappointing as it was to see the 100 per cent record go at the weekend, Hearts fans shouldn’t be getting too angry or despondent over Saturday’s defeat.
If any of us were offered 15 points from the first six games we’d have taken it – no questions asked. Yes, it wasn’t great for us to lose in the manner we did, but, as Robbie Neilson has admitted, there have been games we’ve won this season that we could easily have lost.
It’s especially frustrating when you feel a referee has cost you a game, but we also have to acknowledge that we weren’t at our best as a team on Saturday and that Hamilton, with Ali Crawford particularly impressive, played well.
It’s never nice when you eventually suffer a setback, and it would have been lovely to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory on Saturday, but, in the grand scheme of things, seven wins out from eight competitive matches prior to the international break is as good as any Hearts fan could realistically have hoped for.
As I have written so often, let’s not forget where we’ve come from. It was only about 16 months ago we didn’t know if we were going to survive as a club. Now we are feeling aggrieved at being knocked off the top of the Scottish Premiership six games in. It’s been an astonishing turnaround in such a short space of time.
It’s never nice to lose, but we can take heart from the fact that, for the sixth league running, we’ve scored two goals in a match. There’s certainly nothing wrong with our firepower, which is something we’ve not always been able to say.
There is also the hope that the sense of injustice the players feel from Saturday’s events gives them fresh motivation to get back on track at Inverness a week on Friday.
By then, we will have had the chance to rest some weary limbs after a gruelling start to the season for a group of players who are still not fully fit. They will also enjoy a return to grass after playing on unforgiving artificial surfaces in their last two matches at Hamilton and Forfar.