Gary Mackay: Hearts fans should cherish flying start

Billy King lifts Jordan McGhee after the third goal
Billy King lifts Jordan McGhee after the third goal
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The Hearts supporters are absolutely buoyant at the moment and it’s important they continue to savour every moment of this stunning start to the season.

We know from past experience that these runs don’t last forever, and after all the lows of the past few years we shouldn’t start to take victories like Saturday’s for granted.

We had to show our resilience at times when Queens were threatening in the first half but Osman Sow’s goal was a real quality way to turn the game in our favour.

Although we’re battering teams in terms of the scoreline, we are earning the right to do that by making sure we consistently weather any positive spell the opposition have and then capitalising when we get our opportunities. To continue in this manner we’re going to have to keep showing that collective resolve. We’re showing attitude, desire and professionalism in abundance and we seem able to do it continually for 90 minutes. That’s a hard thing to do through a whole season but right now we have mastered it.

Again the strength in depth was highlighted at the weekend when the manager had the luxury of taking Callum Paterson, Kevin McHattie and Sam Nicholson out of the team. That would have been unheard of last season. As would leaving Scott Robinson or Brad McKay out of the squad entirely. To have 18 stripped plus those two decent players, as well as any other emerging youngsters, means we are in very good shape. Indeed, I’d suggest our squad is probably strong enough at this stage to get through the whole campaign without needing any further additions in January.

We’ve responded wonderfully to the setback at Dumbarton last month and, because we’re looking so strong, you start to wonder where a defeat might come from. We have to now make sure it doesn’t come at Alloa on Saturday, as they have already taken points off both Hibs and Rangers.

There was plenty of talk about the surface at Palmerston, but the Hearts players had no problem with it. By all accounts, the pitch at Alloa is more like the old-fashioned astroturf, so it might be a bit trickier to master, but so far we’ve passed every test we’ve had with flying colours. Long may it continue.