As Specs Haver said in his report, this was a game that Hearts really should have won comfortably, but a lack of genuine urgency and and real quality in the final third of the field once again had them hanging on for a narrow victory.
Here’s how I rated our maroon marvels (!)…..
Had literally nothing to do apart from deal with a few passbacks and the occasional cross. Seemed confident enough. Left exposed at the goal so no fault there.
Saw plenty of the ball, but much like Robbie Neilson didn’t tend to make the best use of it. Wasted crosses from several good positions, but defensively had a solid enough game.
I still think Wallace’s best position is further forward – he often looks panicky when in possession in the left back area. Had good run early in the first half and nearly scored, but was subbed early in the second due to an injury (I think).
Generally had a pretty steady game at the back, although like the whole defence was stood like a statue when St Mirren equalised.
Similarly solid to Berra, but misplaced a few passes in dangerous areas – he did well to recover most of the time, but needs to cut out the errors in the first place.
I don’t like him in midfield, but to be fair although he did give the ball away a couple of time stupidly, he had a very decent game in there. Broke up several St Mirren moves and used the ball pretty well.
Always Hearts’ most creative player. Couple of sublime long-range passes in the early stages, and always looking to try and get things moving, unlike many of his pedestrian-paced team-mates. Took first penalty, the most crucial of the two, very well, but weak with the second one.
Found it tough going out on the right, and was a little too greedy at times when he could have fed team-mates in better positions. Better when switched left later on, but generally had a frustrating day. Excellent piece of skill to earn first penalty, though.
Looks like a player who has signed for another club and is merely going through he motions. Shows nice touches at times and has all the skill in the world, but with the exception of one rasping shot in the first half, he rarely appeared as though his heart was truly in it yesterday, which was disappointing.
Yes he was caught ball-watching at the goal, which he should have dealt with, but generally I thought he had a very competent debut. A very accomplished left foot, which he used to spray some lovely long-range passes around at times, and looks as though he can get stuck in too. Encouraging.
Nowhere near as effective as he was against Motherwell, although I think this was partly due to the fact he had less players as close to him in support this time. Decent hit for his goal, although the ‘keeper wouldn’t have been happy to concede. Definitely needs a partner if he’s to continue getting his game.
Second half sub – got into good positions as always, but delivery and finishing touches were poor.
Given last 20 minutes and his contribution probably summed up his Hearts career to date: one volley that nearly cleared the roof of the Gorgie Stand, another pitiful effort that left him on his considerable derriere, and one sublime touch on the wing and burst of pace that took him past two defenders. Weird….
Very late sub – earned Hearts their second penalty.