Gary Mackay: Nice to see Scott Robinson play his part

Scott Robinson (8) congratulates Prince Buaben on his goal
Scott Robinson (8) congratulates Prince Buaben on his goal
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George Burley’s vintage Hearts team of 2005 used to blow teams away by half-time.

In comparison, the current team tend to wait a little bit later before rolling over the top of the opposition just as they think they’re getting a foothold.

Queen of the South looked like they were well in the game for long periods on Saturday, yet such is the relentlessness in this Hearts side, they ended up going back to Dumfries with a 4-1 defeat.

I think it helped Hearts that Queens came and tried to have a go.

They thought attack was the best form of defence and, for a period in the game, it worked for them. They showed they’re a well-drilled outfit, but the resilience level Hearts have at the moment is something to be applauded. They just keep going and keep going until they get the job done. Whenever they get tested, they always step up to the mark.

James Keatings scored an absolutely magnificent first goal and then we also had a midfielder and two defenders on the scoresheet, which is a massive thing for Hearts. We’re getting goals from all over the pitch which means other teams can never switch off.

The three goals from 1-1 were all scored when Scott Robinson was on the pitch. That highlights the spirit that we’ve got in this squad. It’s no secret that Scott’s been out of favour this season and it must be hard when you’re told you can find a new club, but he came on and played a big part in helping us dominate the game in the closing stages.

He’s probably put himself in contention for a starting place at Cowdenbeath this weekend. That will be a really tricky game for us because going to Central Park will be a new experience for a lot of our guys.

They’ve just played on a lovely, pristine surface at Tynecastle but Cowdenbeath and its surroundings on a bleak winter’s day will be a test for any player. This is the less-salubrious side of the Championship and it will be very different to most of the places we’ve played this season. We’ve put ourselves in a position where we can go there full of confidence.