Hearts face two trips up to Aberdeen and through to Glasgow to take on Celtic before their Scottish Cup final. The weekend there saw Kilmarnock leave Gorgie with three points for the second time this season. Although Hearts have won twice in Ayrshire, their weekend performance tells us all we needed to know about Tynecastle troubles this season.
Killie may have won twice in the capital against the Jambos this season, both 1-0 victories, but they’re not the only team to do so. Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have also won twice in west Edinburgh with respective 1-2 and 1-3 wins.
Thankfully, Hearts won’t play in Gorgie again this season. They’ve won eight of 19 home matches. Having lost seven, they’ve nearly lost as much as they’ve won. Of their four draws, three are against Livingston (both 0-0s) and St Mirren.
Tynecastle as much a hindrance as a help
For a side that had European aspirations, victories against bottom six teams at home should be a given.
Should St Johnstone score twice against Motherwell in Perth on Saturday, it would leave Hearts in a rather embarrassing position. They would become the lowest home scorers in the league besides the current bottom three of Hamilton, St Mirren and the already relegated Dundee.
Lack of atmosphere = lack of results
A lack of atmosphere can’t help matters on the park. A good reason as to why Hearts’ home form is so poor is because it must be so easy for opposition managers to give their team talk. “Go out there, frustrate Hearts and let the crowd get on their backs before we can play” is what you’d imagine comes out the opposing dugout.
Big games speak for themselves with the crowd getting behind the team but it’s for the so-called ‘smaller’ sides that the big crowd can’t match getting up for games. Tynecastle is a library if not for Hibs, Aberdeen possibly and the Old Firm. Sides that Hearts should ultimately be competing against.
Yes, Hearts have been struggling but there’s a Scottish Cup final on the horizon. Fans should be encouraging players rather than immediately pouncing on their backs. Whether they’re anti-Levein, Budge, whoever, they should back the team, in spite of the regime.