Hearts weren’t at their best in the recent 3-1 loss to Dundee in the Championship. A poor first-half display saw Robbie Neilson’s side two-nil down at half-time, and they struggled to recover, despite pulling a goal back.

It wasn’t a great result for a team that is aiming to return to the Premiership. No doubt the result gave a bit of hope to the likes of Dunfermline and Dundee, who are chasing Hearts in the Championship table.

However, despite the poor nature of the performance there is no real need for Hearts to panic about the current situation that the club finds itself in.

 

Still clear at the top of the table

Okay, maybe some of the recent performances haven’t been great. However, Hearts are still clear at the top of the Championship table. As it stands, they are currently five points ahead. The most important thing for the club this season was to get promoted. At the moment the Tynecastle club is on course to do that.

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Hearts’ Olly Lee in action against Dundee (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

You have to imagine that Robbie Neilson and his players won’t be panicking about the situation. Neilson will want a response to the loss to Dundee, no doubt. That could come in Hearts’ next game, the Scottish Cup tie against either Camelon or Brora Rangers.

Next league game will be vital

However, Neilson will really want to see a response in the next game, a top of the table clash against Dunfermline at Tynecastle. A win in that game would put Hearts well on track for promotion.

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Robbie Neilson watches on as Hearts lose to Dundee (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

That is what Neilson will be counting on from his players. He knows that his team is good enough to win the Championship comfortably should the players perform. It is up to him and them to get back on track. But for the moment there should be no panic at the club.

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