Hearts : 24h on

Last updated : 05 March 2009 By Firparkcorner

There was much shaking of heads and mutterings of "How did we lose that?" as the Motherwell support left Tynecastle. On reflection we have to be pleased with the football that the team produced and accept that the better team does not always win the game. It is that twist which keeps the interest and we have, on occasions, stolen points from others.

Craigan crocked

We'll never know if we would have conceded the winner if Craigan still been on the field. There was a real concern for the captain as the medics rushed on and the five minute delay before he was carted off was no pleasant. The clash with Nade was accidental and as the travelling support incorrectly assumed intent the big striker was the target of some barracking. Stephen reported for training as normal.

There was the strange sight of Graeme Smith in the opposition penalty area as we tried to salvage a point in the last seconds. The keeper was waved upfield when we were awarded a corner and he found himself in the six yard box when Reynold's fine header was saved from the second set piece on the final whistle.

Reynolds turns away as his header is saved

There are five games remaining before the third series of fixtures is complete in mid April. We have two away, Kilmarnock and Rangers, and three at home Dundee United, Aberdeen and St Mirren. If the current form continues we have every chance of making the cut.

The players will look with envy at the eight teams playing in the cup quarter-finals this weekend. Let's hope that they resolve to focus the frustration earned on the fixture free Saturday into the game against United on March 14.