It was good to get back on track after what must have felt like two defeats for the supporters in our recent matches against firstly Hearts, and then Dundee United in the League Cup.
A trip to Central Park was always going to provide a real test of character for Alan Stubbs’ men, but we emerged stronger from it and with three points intact.
The surroundings of such a unique venue have posed problems for many visiting sides in the past, but we got to work early and scored two goals prior to the half-time interval, which proved all the difference.
We can’t afford to make any more slip-ups with both Hearts and Rangers – not to forget Queen of the South, for that matter – continuing to pick up points both at home and on their travels.
The manager has been spot on in his recent post-match interviews with regards to the performance levels from the players – they are considerably more productive than what we were seeing at the beginning of the campaign.
Aside from the League Cup loss to United on penalties, we haven’t suffered defeat since the middle of September and are now putting a run together that is starting to make the other teams around us take notice. We need to keep this momentum going before heading into a busy festive period next month where these games become a lot more demanding.
Turning good performances into victories is what Alan Stubbs has been asking for from his side and he will be delighted with what he is seeing in front of him.
Consistency with team selection has certainly taken us forward where the credit must go to the manager and his staff.
Hearts and Rangers are still to have their blip – every side experiences a loss of form at one stage or another – but as long as we continue to pick up points, we may suddenly find ourselves back in the promotion hunt.
We now face a stern test this Saturday with Queen of the South making the journey to Easter Road for a third v fourth battle. James Fowler has his players well organised and playing some good football, but I am confident we can overcome the Dumfriesshire outfit.