Gary Mackay: Four points from six not bad for Hearts

Gavin Reilly is beginning to settle in at Hearts
Gavin Reilly is beginning to settle in at Hearts
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There is a feeling among the Hearts support that we could be doing better than we have been over the past month or two, but even though we’ve only won one of our last seven games, the main thing is we are not losing games either.

There is a bit of frustration about the fact we didn’t win at Kilmarnock, but four points is certainly not a bad return from a couple of tricky games in a notoriously testing period of the season. Pretty much every side in the league is finding it hard to string any consistency together this season because everyone is so closely matched. For all that we feel we might have let a few points slip away recently, we have to remember there are only two teams in the whole country above us, and even those two – Celtic and Aberdeen – are struggling to generate any real momentum. We’re certainly not alone in feeling a touch of frustration at the way things are going.

After keeping the back door shut for a while, we have looked a bit fragile defensively in our last three games. Thankfully, we’ve been in good scoring form at the other end, with seven goals helping us take a reasonable total of five points from games against Celtic, Dundee United and Kilmarnock. A lot of that has been down to the impact made by Gavin Reilly since he came back into the team. Anybody who saw him play for Queen of the South would know that he had plenty quality about him, but I think with Gavin it’s been a case of him adapting to playing for a much bigger club. The late, great Bobby Parker used to talk about how it would usually take a new signing seven months to a year to get used to the demands of playing for Hearts.

Similarly, Juwon Oshaniwa has also had a tough start to his Hearts career. He is clearly keen to make an impact, but unfortunately this has resulted in some rash and costly moments. Hopefully, he can iron out these flaws and ensure his obvious desire can be turned into a positive.

We’ve now got a huge Scottish Cup tie against an Aberdeen side who will be buoyed by their last visit to Tynecastle in the league. I hope we approach Saturday’s game in a similarly fearless manner to the way we played against Celtic last week.