Barry Anderson picks out the talking points from Hearts’ 4-1 win over St Mirren at Tynecastle Park ...
• Naisy does it
Steven Naismith does not need to play up front to be a goal threat. He played wide right of a four-man midfield in the first half and scored three times. Late in the game, he switched to the left flank. His experience and instinctive attacking runs into the opposition penalty box are a huge element of Hearts’ positive start to the new season.
• Demi is a wing king
Demetri Mitchell, although used as a full-back during last season’s loan at Hearts, looked an exciting option on the left wing. Ben Garuccio started behind him at left-back and that allowed the on-loan Manchester United player to use his attacking instincts. He dribbled at St Mirren right-back Lee Hodson time and time again and delivered many tantalising balls into the opposition box. Will be interesting to see his contribution over the season.
• Buddies need help
Even this early in the season, it is difficult not to fear for St Mirren’s Premiership future. Their defence looks unsteady and is easily opened up, which was evident in their games before arriving at Tynecastle. Hearts scored four and might have got more on Saturday. If Livingston continue to pick up points – as they look like they will - the Paisley club could find themselves facing a long and arduous battle near the bottom of the league.