4 in a row

Hearts have missed 4 penalties in a row. 4 different takers. 4 on target. 4 saved. My word.

Latest score: Heart of Midlothian 0, non-league Auchinleck Talbot 0. 

Nerves beginning to set in!


Christmas

So, Hearts seem, just about, to be able to survive until after Christmas, and hopefully into the New Year, which will bring, undoubtedly, yet more intrigue and turmoil to the club. Bound to sell the best players to simply continue operating (a process that has already begun with the sale of Eggert Jonsson to Wolverhampton Wanderers) and the potential of a new ownership that may have to contend with a bulging debt and a stadium sadly on it’s last legs it would seem, the future is looking tough.

But hey, all that can wait for another day. The visit of Motherwell tomorrow will be a tough game, but 3 points against Scotland’s 3rd best team would be the only way to bring about any holiday cheer.

Hopefully the manager will get his head out of his arse and play former ‘Well man John Sutton up front and Andy Driver on the wing. You never know, it might just work.

Until then, merry christmas, and hope that all who are following this have just one christmas wish - that my football team will continue to exist long into the future.

Happy holidays, eh?


Perfect christmas present?

A new owner.

Failing that, existence of Edinburgh’s oldest and most famous club would do.

Hearts will not stop beating.


News in brief

  • Hearing a few (unlikely) rumours that former Rangers owner Sir David Murray is in negotiations with Vladimir Romanov about buying a stake in the club. Nothing concrete as of yet, expect it all to be bullshit.
  • Andy Webster officially credited with the 2nd goal in Sunday’s derby victory. Goal initially given to Eggert Jonsson, but upon review by the dubious goals panel, Webster’s header ruled to have crossed the line.
  • Transfer deadline day is Wednesday 31st, Hearts apparently in negotiations with two players, although no deal is confirmed at this stage.

HHGH


Ayr we go

Hearts have been handed a trip to First Division Ayr United in the Scottish League Cup 3rd Round.

Fingers crossed for progression into the next round.

Hearts are aiming to win the competition for the first time since 1962. With the current team, we should certainly be competing for the trophy when it gets down to the business end.

HHGH


Straight forward

Well, that was typical Edinburgh derby fare. Two teams that were undoubtedly committed to the cause, one simply better than the other.

Hearts ran out 2-0 winners over Hibs, but in all honesty it could have been more.

After a fairly even and uneventful first half hour, where Hearts had marginally been the better team, the game began to swing massively in Hearts favour. As things settled down, Hearts superiority began to show. The slow, patient build up play was rewarded shortly before half time, when Ryan Stevenson slotted home from Jamie Hamill’s cut back. 

A brief Hibernian rally at the start of the second half was quickly snuffed out, and Hearts began to show why they are the best team in Edinburgh once again. Chances came and went, Stephen Elliott, Andy Driver, Jamie Hamill and David Obua all going close before Andy Webster headed home from a Hamill corner. Initially it looked like the ball had been cleared off the line, but even so, Eggert Jonsson followed up to smash the ball home regardless. Television replays proved that it was Andy Webster who had scored, claiming his first goal for the club since his return in February.

As the game petered to a close, Hibs began to lose their cool, with reckless challenges becoming common in the final 20 minutes. They were lucky to end the game with 11 players still on the pitch.

As the Hearts fans rejoiced in the stands, much attention turned to the plight of our old rivals, and questions have been asked about how they will recover from their poor position in the league.

There is no such worries in the maroon part of Edinburgh, as Hearts can look forward to a bright future under the stewardship of Paulo Sergio. The team looks fresh, strong, and most importantly, capable of winning games. If things continue in this manner, we could well see a successful season down Tynecastle.

An easy victory for the boys in maroon, and Hearts have now gone 8 games unbeaten against Hibs.


Hearts manager Paulo Sergio is fast becoming a fans’ favourite. 


Andy Webster heads home a corner kick to put Hearts 2-0 up.

Video courtesy of Subtitledvideos5 and ESPN.


A short clip of Ryan Stevenson’s opening goal in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby. Heart of Midlothian went onto secure a 2-0 victory against rivals Hibernian.

Thanks to Subtitledvideos5 and ESPN for this video.


Hearts players congratulate Ryan Stevenson after his goal put Hearts ahead in today’s 2-0 victory over Hibernian at Tynecastle.
Image courtesy of SNSpix.

Hearts players congratulate Ryan Stevenson after his goal put Hearts ahead in today’s 2-0 victory over Hibernian at Tynecastle.

Image courtesy of SNSpix.