Gary Mackay: Hearts kids beginning to find feet

Inverness struck the woodwork on several occasions. Pic: SNS
Inverness struck the woodwork on several occasions. Pic: SNS
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At the end of a promising week for the club off the field, it was nice to see the fans who made the long journey north given more reason for cheer as Hearts claimed a hard-earned point in Inverness.

Eight points out of a possible 12 is a fine return for this Hearts team and it is probably a sign that many of the young players are now finally starting to find their feet.

The crucial thing about this Hearts team is that nobody has ever felt sorry for themselves. A lot of teams would have struggled to pick themselves up from what happened in the League Cup semi-final, but this Hearts side is made of stern stuff. The character of the team is probably a reflection of the character of the manger, Gary Locke, in that they won’t allow setbacks to get them down.

Lockey has always had a bit of bouncy exuberance and that would have been crucial to the team bouncing back on Saturday.

We maybe had to ride our luck to get a point on Saturday, but I think we’re entitled to a bit of luck given some of the misfortune we’ve had to deal with this season. Our goalkeeper, Jamie MacDonald, deserves a mention as he excelled himself once again.

Even though we’re miles adrift, we’re still in there punching away and the three teams above us have all been defeated. If we can hang in and keep things at least mathematically possible going into the split, that would be a wonderful achievement. I’m not overly confident that will happen, but it would at least give us a tiny glimmer of hope because our last five games will be against the bottom teams.

It’ll be hard to maintain our momentum next week because we play Celtic, but it’s another of those games where we have nothing to lose because there will be absolutely no expectation on the team.

As for the off-field stuff, it’s good to see things progressing, with Ann Budge being lined up as chairwoman. We’ll just need to wait and see how things unfold on that score, but it would be nice if we could add to the sense of optimism by prolonging our mini-revival in the league.