First Team

Danny: One step too far

9th May 2014

Skipper upbeat despite Partick defeat as Danny looks ahead to a bright future.

Danny Wilson wasn't too downhearted in the wake of Hearts' 4-2 defeat to Partick Thistle on Wednesday evening.

The Jags claimed all three points at Tynecastle to secure their status as a top-tier club for another season, while ending Hearts' 4 game winning streak which had - ironically enough - begun with a 4-2 win over Partick Thistle.

Post-match, the skipper admitted the team were feeling the effects of the last month's sensational form, which saw the Jambos heading into the match as the form team in Scotland, having secured 16 points from 6 games.

"We looked tired, and a wee bit leggy", he revealed. "We weren't really at the races, even in the first half but we've put a lot into the last 6 weeks to get the results we have. We've improved immensely but tonight was one step too far.

"We've had runs where we've not won in 6, 7 games but we've had a good run and it had to end at some point. We're not too down about it, we have a game on Saturday to look forward to now."

Despite the mire of relegation, Hearts fans can look on with pride at the development of the younger players in the squad, with stars such as Sam Nicholson and Dale Carrick becoming shining lights in recent times. Danny explained that, ultimately, while relegation was a disappointment, plenty of positives had come from the season.

"We've grown into the season, the boys have come on leaps and bounds. Boys like Sam and Dale will look back on this season as the point where they grew up as players. Going down is disappointing but we're making progress."

"The boys have experience of playing a full season now. It'll be difficult next season, but if we can retain the squad we have, we'll give ourselves a good chance."

Lastly, the skipper admitted he was quietly confident that the Jambos could make an immediate return to the top flight next season, due to the size of the club and claimed he's happy at Hearts as long as he's getting time on the field.

"I'm not going to make any big claims, but with the size of the club we'd like to think we'll be in the reckoning. We'll see how the rebuilding job in the summer goes, once we're out of administration. It's not been hard for me being at Hearts, I've had regular football which I've really enjoyed even if results haven't always been the best."