Any win at Tynecastle is prized by ‘Well fans and this victory is no exception. There were more than a few bitten fingernails among the large travelling support as our back line fought bravely to keep out the home side’s attempts to salvage a point.
Phil O’Donnell watched the game from the away stand as Scott Leitch returned. We started with the
Hearts then had a couple of excellent chances. A deVries header gave no threat when a well directed effort would have brought a reward then they clipped the woodwork with our keeper beaten. But just before the half hour Clarkson sent a beauty of a pass forward to Cirrigan who steamed into the box. That nice man, Mr Rowbotham, judged that Maybury fouled him and promptly awarded the penalty and sent the offender to the showers.
Our chance to kill the game came five minutes into the second half when the Hearts’ keeper parried a shot to the feet of Foran. He was only seven yards out but hit the post and the opportunity was gone.
Despite the one man advantage we were pinned back for most of the game. They played the direct bakk into our box and there were many tussles, claims, counterclaims and disputes as the referee came under pressure to award a balancing spot kick.
Gordon Marshall was outstanding. Time and time again he cut out high balls either with catches or punches. As a result he had very few saves to make.
Burns replaced Fitzpatrick and the clock ticked on. Wright came on for Clarkson at the death and the whistle arrived much to relief of the ‘Well support.
It’s official, the slump is over, we’re back!