Gary Mackay: No shame in defeat after great spell

Dejection for Hearts captain Danny Wilson at full-time. Picture: SNS
Dejection for Hearts captain Danny Wilson at full-time. Picture: SNS
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Most people probably would have expected our unbeaten run to end away to Rangers or Hibs but, if anybody had offered us the chance to have got to January 24 without losing a league game, we’d have taken that back in the summer.

While it’s always disappointing to lose an unbeaten run, no-one should be getting too upset by it as it’s certainly not the end of the world for Hearts.

Falkirk came to Tynecastle on a good run of form and two weeks previously had scored three goals away to an on-form Hibs team so it’s no disgrace to have been beaten by them.

It was a disappointing ending to a game that started so well for us, but sometimes you have to hold your hands up and give credit to the opposition.

So many times this season, we’ve got in teams’ faces and scored some really good goals. On Saturday, it was our turn to be on the receiving end of that as Falkirk were excellent. Their two goals outwith the penalty were brilliant.

Sometimes when you’re on a good run and when you score as early as we did on Saturday, you subconsciously think it’s going to be a case of ‘same again’.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to sustain our strong start and Falkirk grew into the game and played some really nice stuff.

The focus now turns to trying to get back on track in a difficult game at Alloa this weekend. That game will be a test for the players, not so much because we’ve just lost our first game, but more because of the pitch and the environment we will have to deal with there.

I think most teams find the very poor artificial surface through there difficult to play on, so we’ll need to lift ourselves to overcome that.

I don’t think there’s any reason to suggest that losing our first league game of the season will mean the wheels come off.

On another note, I was saddened by the death of former Hibs chairman Douglas Cromb last week.

In many ways, Douglas brought similar ethics and morals to his stewardship at Easter Road to those which Ann Budge is currently encouraging at Tynecastle.