ALTHOUGH I always felt Hearts were capable of winning the two games over the past week, I did have slight concerns given that we’d lost four goals in the two previous games against St Johnstone and Dundee.
To go from that to only losing one goal – from a penalty – and come away with full points from two games against Motherwell and Ross County is massively encouraging and allows the confidence around the team to soar even further.
On Saturday, it was always likely to be a bit of a scrap because Ross County are a resurgent team and they were at home. But last Wednesday we were in total control against a Motherwell side I expected to cause us more problems than they did. It’s hard to say if it was a case of them being flat or Hearts simply being ultra-effective.
There’s been talk among fans of trying to make it six wins from the first six before a run of tough games in September, and I think that’s hugely possible. We are well capable of beating both Partick this Saturday and Hamilton the following if we continue in the same vein of form. The players should have no fear or apprehension about those games.
We have to hope that Prince Buaben will be fit to return on Saturday because we missed him after he went off and didn’t have as much control of the game. He’s a very important player for us in terms of the relationship and understanding he has with Morgaro Gomis in central midfield, especially at a time when Miguel Pallardo is out injured.
I think we have to say that if we’re capable of winning the first four games, then we’re certainly capable of sustaining a good run of form well into this season. I don’t like to make any judgments until the first quarter of the season has finished but I think it’s safe to say there will be a few teams in this league who won’t have amassed 12 points by the end of the first quarter, never mind the first four games.
Just like last season, the rest of the teams in the division are playing catch-up on us. By the end of the first quarter, we’ll be in a better position to assess an overall target, but, thus far, you couldn’t have written a better script for Hearts.