Hearts away troubles since August


You and I are preoccupied with winning tonight to ensure the gap at the top of the table does not grow beyond the four points it was before this round of games got underway.  Hearts have a different focus; a win would see them leapfrog Celtic into second place.

Early in the season Robbie Neilson was back at or near the top of the table, enjoying the kind of form Hearts showed before he left for MK Dons five years ago yesterday.  His stay in Milton Keynes was a disaster and Heats fared no better with a trio of underperforming managers appointed in his wake.

Form soon slipped, especially away from home, where they have picked up only three points since August, half the amount they collected that month.  Since then they have lost at Motherwell and Aberdeen, while collecting a point at Newco, Ross County and St Johnstone.

I’ve read through match reports for the last two months, it is a tale of attacking abandon at home and belligerent negativity away, marked by red cards on their previous two travels.  We can expect shed loads of belligerence tonight.

They did, of course, beat Celtic 2-1 on the opening game of the season, but that was then.  Celtic have changed beyond all recognition in the months since, notably as Tynecastle debutant, Kyogo, settled into life in Scotland.  Two weeks later Celtic produced one of the most scintillating displays of the season to knock Hearts out of the League Cup, although the 3-2 score suggests otherwise.

Celtic are closing in on full strength going into an intense December fixture list.  If we deliver on our own potential, we don’t need to worry about referees elsewhere.  3 points please, Celtic.


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  1. MJ should be given a free, just to get him off the payroll.


    Question is, who would take him?

  2. Wiggy Boyd behaving like a bitter pub drunk. By comparison Christophe Berra displayed balance, intelligence and articulacy. Otherwise let’s hope Jota’s hammy isn’t as bad as things initially look.

  3. When was the last time we scored early in a game?


    Seems to me we always end up hanging on when we don’t score early

  4. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Statistical improbability strikes again.



    Team with 69% possession …



    … commits 33% more fouls ….



    … than team with 31% possession.




  5. Far from perfect, but last year we wouldn’t have won that game.


    They did rattle us 2nd half but only created one clear chance when they shot wide & a half chance with a header from corner.


    Forrest had 2 great chances & we had 4 or 5 others,


    Injuries are the biggest worry after that game.

  6. First – great three points and some really lovely football


    Second – our goal wasn’t offside because we won 1-0


    Third – Andy Walker (for financial reasons) and Fat Boyd (for bigot and money reasons) hold no valued opinions- Sky should be informed of this be any Tim who still pays them money


    Fourth – Tony Ralston is far more important than some people think!


    Fifth – Mickey J is unbelievably bad


    Sixth – Strafelt is better than a lot of us thought


    Seventh – Hail hail and I hope some day to get back to having a drink with the bhoys on here

  7. Gerrybhoy


    Agreed re Berra, articulate, knowledgeable and impartial- needs an Agent to tell him to be a bigot or he won’t get the gig (ref Michael Stuart)

  8. Hearts are a well organised team. Their league position is no fluke.



    That was a big big win.


    We need an impact sub to give us fresh momentum. Mickey Johnston is not that man. Shame I had high hopes for him.

  9. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Absolutely disgraceful that Sly Sports force our midweek game to Thursday then make us play again early Sunday


    (62 hours after match finished tonight)

  10. It just pisses me off how we squander resources signing umpteen players like Barkas, Shaw, Scales, Urgohide etc who are obviously not considered remotely good enough to even marginally contribute to a push for the league title.

  11. Someday we will score the goals our play deserves instead of missing chance after chance and end up just holding on . Bad luck with injuries no doubt . But the game should have been out of sight before half time , didn’t watch the interviews but bet neilston was moaning how unlucky they were and should have taken something from the game .

  12. lets all do the huddle on

    Forrest, rogic were dreadful.







    a clear drunk man



    well half pished anyway because he was right about forrest



    but some of Rogics touches and general play were great

  13. INIQUITOUSIV on 2ND DECEMBER 2021 10:14 PM



    That’s why they should all play a part against Betis.


    Ange needs to be ruthless. We keep those who have a part to play, and offload the rest.



    Players like Barkas will come good, with another club




  14. We can put JF’s performance down to lack of game time returning from injury. Rusty, but


    he missed two sitters.


    MJ on the other hand is no where remotely near Celtic class. With him, we are a man down.


    Starfelt top mhan tonight.


    Well done to him!

  15. Any chances Hertz got — we were in the main the authors of our own downfall.


    Some of our defensive play in the second half was very poor.



    Too many times the team looked at each other regarding who was going to do something.




    Still amazed when you read stuff like that about Rogic.



    A sublime talent we are lucky to have just back from long lay off. Sme of his one touch play was breath-taking

  17. Joe Hart is brilliant for us and I would not turn back the clock, but Craig Gordon is arguably playing the best in his long career.



    A stick on for player of the year if he continues his heroics for Hearts and Scotland.



    Oh , and we deserved our win.




  18. We have 3 away league games in a row between 15th and 26th December, whereas Sevco have 3 home games in succession in the same period. How did that happen?

  19. lets all do the huddle on

    For me Starfelt deserved MOM but I agree Rogic ran him close.





    yeah but in a game where we have 70 percent possession



    i dont really think that a defender should be the best player on the park



    unless he spent half the game striding through the midfield van dyke or Ajer style and setting up loads of chances or scoring a couple of goals from corners which he didnt



    he had a very good game obviously



    but Tam was the man 🙋🏻‍♂️👍

  20. Philbhoy,



    I was saddened to hear of your loss. I was caught up in the game talk, but some things are more important than a Game of football and I should have responded.



    Stay strong.



    Cheers and HH.

  21. PHILBHOY – I too missed word of your sad news.


    Condolences and peace to you and the family.

  22. lets all do the huddle on

    Joe Hart is brilliant for us and I would not turn back the clock, but Craig Gordon is arguably playing the best in his long career.




    its so good not to even have to worry about having 3 keepers on the books and none of them fill you with any confidence



    you just know Joe.is still solid



    but it also backs up the cliche about the spine of a team being that important





    centre half


    central mid


    centre forward



    no disrepsect to any other position



    but if you dont have that spine then you will struggle

  23. Just in from the game another hard earned 3 points.



    Must give credit to Starfelt, who deserved his mom award.



    But this squad will not win the league I’m afraid.



    As for MJ , I think it’s all been said.

  24. Hopefully squad will be strengthened January Window, We need Giakoumakis & Julien back as well to give us more options.

  25. December is the “ACID TEST”.



    Have we got enough players, enough good players & enough desire to pass it – only time will tell?



    Losing Jota for c4/6 weeks will be a massive blow. Welsh & Ralston also out will reduce an already stretched squad even further.



    Three at home & three away in the league, plus Betis & the LCF – that would be a big ask even for a fully-fit squad in top form.



    The TEST is formidable – the ACID strong & undiluted.

  26. lets all do the huddle on

    As for MJ , I think it’s all been said.




    maybe he should have played out on the other wing when he came on, i dont think we had anyone playing on that side did we?