Gary Mackay: Hearts should be happy with a point

Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum, right, tussles with Stephen Pearson. Picture: SNS Group
Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum, right, tussles with Stephen Pearson. Picture: SNS Group
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I think Hearts have to be fairly happy with the hard-earned point collected in horrible conditions on Saturday.

Motherwell had some experienced players back in the side and it showed in their performance compared to the previous weekend when they were thumped by Ross County.

They had chances in the first half to pull away from us, but equally Hearts had plenty chances to win the game after the break.

It is testament to both sets of players that they were able to produce a decent game in such dreadful weather, but from a Hearts perspective it was particularly pleasing that we stood up to the test.

It can be a real test of character when there’s howling wind and pouring rain, especially when players are not used to it. Some of our foreigners won’t have played in conditions like that on too many occasions before, and there’s always a concern that some won’t be up for the battle, but it was reassuring to see that they stood up to what the elements had to throw at them.

The ever-improving form of Osman Sow has been one of the features of the early part of the season for Hearts, and his equaliser was absolutely fantastic.

After a promising first season, he has really kicked on and adapted well to life in the Premiership. At a time when others are being rotated, particularly in midfield, it looks as if Sow has firmly established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.

It would be nice if we could get him tied down on an extended contract, and I’m sure the management will be working hard behind the scenes to make that happen.

On the subject of contracts, it sounds like there are quite a few players we are working towards getting on new deals. I hope all of those in question remain at the club because they have done well for us, but, as someone who values loyalty in the game, I hope they are mindful of the platform that Hearts have given them and remain realistic with their demands.

This weekend we’ll be expected to win at home to Inverness, but that was also the case in our last home game against Dundee, so we can’t take anything for granted.

If we can get back to winning ways, it will set us up nicely for a huge game at Aberdeen the following week.