A weekend trip to Methil was a good ‘reminder’ of what Hearts can expect going forward this season according to Craig Halkett as he praised Craig Gordon following his Gorgie return from Celtic.
Centre-back Halkett scored the only goal of the game 12 minutes from time as Robbie Neilson’s team grinded to a 1-0 win away at Cowdenbeath. It puts them top of their League Cup group after two games.
But it wasn’t pretty, the Blue Brazil manning the barricades and making life tough for Hearts. Halkett says it’s something that he and his teammates must get used to ahead of starting life in the Championship.
“We got the win and that’s the most important thing,” said Halkett. “But I think in terms of our performance, we all know we need to be that bit better. “The gaffer [Robbie Neilson] said to us afterwards that’s what games in the league are going to be like for us this season.
“We are the team that everyone wants to beat. We are the team that everyone expects to win the league.“ Teams are going to sit in and make it hard for us and make us work for the win.
“So I think it’s good to have a game like this to give a few boys a wake up call that it’s not going to be pretty football every week. We are not going to be able to pass it about and score three, four, five goals.
“We are going to have to work for it and sometimes we are going to win 1-0 or it’s going to be 1-1 and we will have to wait for a last minute winner. So it was good that we have had that reminder early and we can talk about it.”
Halkett also had time to praise new goalkeeper Gordon. The veteran started his career at Tynecastle and made an emotional return in the summer following a good stint at Celtic. Halkett’s loved working with him so far.
“He’s massive,” the centre-back said. “I think everyone knew that when we were sitting in lockdown and we seen he got announced.
“It was a massive lift for everyone. He’s a top, top-class goalkeeper and you can see every day just how much quality he has got.
“To have him behind you gives you so much confidence going forward. You know that you have someone behind you that can dig you out of a hole.”