HEARTS POWER TO THE TOP
-Captain celebrates 'revenge' over Gers-
HEARTS 3-0 RAITH (Championship)
SOW, KEATINGS, WATSON og
FALKIRK 0-3 HEARTS (Championship)
WALKER (x2), KEATINGS
HEARTS 5-2 RANGERS (Championship)
FAURE og, SOW, NICHOLSON, MCGHEE, PATERSON
HEARTS 0-2 ST MIRREN (Scottish Cup 4th Round)
The Jambos have finally managed to reach the peak of the Championship table after a great November in which saw the team claim a victory in all 3 of their league fixtures. This lead to Alexander picking up his third Manager of the Month award on the trot. Not only did the manager win an award this month, but right back Callum Paterson has celebrated his return to full fitness by claiming Player of the Month. This is the second time in a row that a Hearts player has won this award.
Hearts managed to defeat their early season bogey team at the start of this month. Raith Rovers have battled to victory in both the 2 games between each team earlier this year and the club will be glad that they were finally able to grab a comfortable victory over them. Hearts collected 66% possession this match as they continue to lead the possession charts in the league and with in-form Keatings up top, Raith were always going to find life difficult.
The club were in real form and player morale was at an all time high for their trip to Falkirk and boy did it show in another comfortable 3-0 victory. Keatings scored again and winger Jamie Walker grabbed 2 in a dominant performance by the maroons which moved them to the top of the table.
Rangers' last game against Hearts ended up in a comprehensive 5-1 thrashing for the Gers, so you can see why Alexander and the players were looking forward for the moment that the Glasgow side visited Tynecastle. The lads would have been pleased with their revenge after a 5-2 victory came out of the game, however, disappointingly, James Keatings did not managed to carry on his goal-scoring form this game. But the Hearts' fans didn't mind one better as they celebrated their big win.
Next to visit Tynecastle, however, were Premiership side St Mirren in the Scottish Cup 4th round and Hearts will have been disappointing to have not shown up like they did against Inverness earlier in the season. Despite having the majority of shots and possession the strikers were not clinical enough and the defence seemed to be outclassed this game. The performance was not there and this was something that Alexander was keen to express in the post-match conference.
Yes, they have done it. Hearts have reached the top of the Championship table and have gathered a 3 point gap over Cowdenbeath. The team have been playing really impressive football so far this season and will be looking to prolong their stay at the top through the Christmas period.