Hearts Beat United At Last
Hearts finally recorded a positive result over bogey team Dundee United yesterday when Larry Kingston's first half goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Craig Levein's Europe-seeking outfit.
It wasn't so long ago that a match against United represented an almost certain three points for the JTs, but since former Tynecastle stalwart Levein's arrival at Tannadice, the Jambos have had a miserable time of it in this fixture, with a couple of real hammerings both home and away being included in a barren run of results.
United's former captain Barry Robson was a key figure in helping his side to achieve most of those results, and although the team have still done very well since his departure to Celtic, perhaps it is no coincidence that Hearts have finally recorded this result in his absence.
I didn't make it along to Tynecastle yesterday, but the few reports I have heard would seem to indicate that Hearts did merit their victory, and in fact could have had more goals had it not been for some poor finishing. However it does also sound as though United were guilty of the same at crucial points in the match, so perhaps those reports came through ever-so-slightly maroon tinted spectacles! Who knows...
This result does keep alive Hearts' chances of making the top six after the SPL splits in a week's time, but the odds are still slightly against them I would say. A victory over Kilmarnock next week at Rugby Park is imperative, but we also have to rely on Aberdeen taking something from Falkirk in their match at Pittodrie the following Monday. Not impossible of course, but not completely in Hearts' hands.
One thing of interest I thought, was seeing Hearts giving run-outs to the likes of Zaliukas, Mikoliunas (both started the match) and most notably, Ivaskevicius in front of owner Vladimir Romanov. I wonder if anyone else is oncex against doubting whether or not Frail truly is in charge of selecting the team?
Ah well.....the bandwagon rolls onto Rugby Park......