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  1. I think the performances in the three games this week were all pretty similar to each other, and our general play from back to middle has improved a lot since September. The difference between the last two games and the Serbia game was that we conceded the first goal, and our lack of cutting edge was exposed. My concern before the game was that our two attacking midfielders, McGinn and Christie, were two of the the only players to have started both the previous games. If they weren't on form (and they weren't) then we didn't have any reasonable alternatives (Armstrong/Fraser/Forrest) to call on and our attack was always going to suffer. With any luck, that won't be the case by the time the Euros come around.
  2. Terrible from McTominay there. We've been the better side again but there doesn't seem to be any danger of us scoring twice at the moment.
  3. Who should have started today that would have been the difference between losing and winning?
  4. Just tuned into the Czech Republic/Israel game to see Elhamed get an extremely daft red card for handball.
  5. What's happening now is Gordon is playing every week, putting in very good performances and making great saves. Jon McLaughlin is playing the odd game at home to relegation fodder when McGregor is rested. The stuff about him only making one good save against Hibs this season is just ignorance on your part, because he's already made quite a few good saves this season and is showing no signs of decline. I like McLaughlin as a player, he's a very decent keeper and a good option, but he's not on the same level as Gordon.
  6. If it's a draw tonight we don't need anything in Israel.
  7. The positives were that we won and we put a few nice moves together, including both goals, but otherwise it wasn't a great performance. The formation didn't really work and the lack of width meant players were turning inside and playing it back too often. Inverness were decent and pressed us well but didn't really create many clear cut chances until the goal, which made it an uncomfortable finish.
  8. I agree that our current options mean we'll go with the midfield diamond, and although it worked in the second halves against Dundee and Hibs, it remains to be seen how effective it'll be against a team that will probably sit in. Not ideal given that Neilson made a big thing of building the squad around width and pace in pre-season. I'd expect Haring and Naismith to start in place of Irving and Walker. I'm sure Neilson has said they'll each start one of the games against Inverness/East Fife and I doubt it'll be the one on the plastic pitch. Walker is also carrying a knock I think. I'm expecting this game to be a bit of a comedown from the semi-final. 1-0 Hearts (bald Wighton).
  9. Trump's chances of winning one of the close races are reasonable, but his chances of winning the three he needs are very slim. According to those in the know, Trump's lead in Pennsylvania isn't enough to make up for the outstanding votes. Even if it is, Biden only needs Nevada (where he is heavy favourite) and Arizona (which looks like it'll be close, but which some have already called in his favour). That's without mentioning Georgia, where some have Biden as slight favourite. If Trump loses that then he's almost certainly done.
  10. Paul Hartley then /// Paul Hartley now.
  11. Yeah, the chances Wighton and Boyce missed in the second half were two of the best in the game. I do think that Hibs looked the more dangerous team by a fair margin up until Haring and Naismith came on, but it was much more even after that. I think we missed having a fast, direct player like Ginnelly, particularly in the first half.
  12. Imagine you'd posted this before your team scored an offside goal and dived for a penalty but still fucked it.
  13. Zaliukas made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Osasuna in 2006, coming on as a substitute. Despite being one of many Lithuanians arriving at the time, I distinctly remember he made such an impression at defensive midfield that some people concluded that "the number 26" was the worst Hearts player they'd seen. I don't think his early league appearances did much to change people's minds either. It's fair to say there wasn't a lot of goodwill from the fans towards the Lithuanian players at the time, but to go from being singled out as the worst of the "faceless cast of thousands" to become the player he did and to captain the club on its greatest ever day is testament to his character. What a man. This is absolutely gutting news. RIP you big, mad b*****d.
  14. Ginnelly's (and, to a lesser extent, Roberts') injury is a real concern. Frear was dreadful and clearly isn't an adequate stand-in. Let's never speak of this again.
  15. We played 3-5-2 v Raith to be fair, although we changed it in the second half. We also used it a couple of times in pre-season IIRC, so it seems Neilson has (or had) some intention to use it at some point. I'd agree that 4-2-3-1 suits the players better, though, and I'd expect us to continue with it.
  16. Godwin's Law but for Hearts match threads this season turning into discussions about Peter Lawwell.
  17. Most people didn't expect Haring to play 90 against Raith, or for Boyce or Smith to start against Dundee, but Neilson knew the importance of that game and was always going to play the strongest possible team he possibly could. He'll also know the importance of the Hibs game for his relationship with the fans and I'll be very surprised if we don't start with anyone who can put a foot in in midfield, even if they can only play 60/70 minutes. Halliday especially, since he should be in a similar position fitness-wise to Kingsley.
  18. We'll need those two to be as match fit as possible for Hibs. Irving and Lee is not an acceptable midfield pairing against a half-decent team because they'll punish us for being as soft-centred as we were the other night.
  19. I'm glad to see Paul McGowan has finally bitten the bullet and shaven his head.
  20. I can't quite remember where Arbroath sit on the Backstabbers and Traitors Index, so I'll just assume that we absolutely despise these c***s. Anyway, I hate playing teams that have just taken a doing because it feels like they usually tighten up and get a result in their next game. Arbroath surely won't play into our hands like Dundee did, but we need to start the game with the same pace and intensity as we did last night. If we play like we did last week against Cowdenbeath when they parked the bus and we just slowly moved the ball from side to side then we'll struggle big time. Haring and Halliday in from the start hopefully. Gordon Smith Halkett Popescu Kingsley Haring Halliday Ginnelly Walker Roberts Boyce
  21. I've seen enough laughable incompetence from Heart of Midlothian over the last two years to know any of these scenarios are entirely possible without any deliberate action on our part.
  22. Unfortunately we've had to do all this before in the recent past, so we might as well come up with some way to make it interesting this time.
  23. Getting relegated and winning the first game 6-2 > Getting (properly) relegated, staying down and losing 6-2 to Robbie Neilson-managed teams every season until the end of time.
  24. Still raging,pleasing. I'd be considerably more raging if I'd just seen my team get completely demolished by the bad guys on the first day of the season. Especially if they were "there for the taking".
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