From Perth to Paisley, it's matchday 28 in the cinch Premiership as Hearts head along the M8 and down to Renfrewshire to face St. Mirren.
A new face in the dugout...
Saturday marks the start of a new beginning for our hosts: Stephen Robinson takes charge of the Buddies for his first game in the dug-out. The energetic Irishman was appointed boss following Jim Goodwin's departure for Aberdeen. Contact was made with Robinson at Morecambe, and compensation was agreed to seal his return to Scotland.
Best known for his sterling work at Motherwell, Robinson guided the Steelmen to a third placed finish and multiple cup final trips over the course of his three-year reign at Fir Park. St. Mirren will be hoping the man from Lisburn can translate some of that work to Paisley.
With crucial games coming thick and fast as the season builds up to its climax: both St. Mirren and Hearts have plenty to play for. The Buddies are within touching distance of the top six, whilst Hearts are looking to build on their points total and finish as high up the tree as possible.
Prior to Goodwin's exit: the last five matches has seen St. Mirren pick up key points around the country. Triumphs at Easter Road and at home to St. Johnstone underlined the Paisley men's credentials in attack - whilst a confident 4-0 bulldozing of Kelty Hearts in the Scottish Cup set up a quarter-final clash with us at Tynecastle.
Heart of Midlothian:
Last Time in Paisley: St. Mirren 1-2 Hearts, August 2021
What's Robbie said?
“I’ve been at clubs before where you can lose two or three on the bounce and nobody cares, and you’d rather be in a situation, like we are here at a big club, where you’re expected to win.
“We’ve found it a wee bit difficult. We’ve been creating chances and we haven’t been taking them. We’ve probably been a wee bit too negative in our play. We’ve had a lot of possession, which is what we want to do, but it’s what we do in that final moment that we’ve not taken.
“Earlier in the season we would create five chances and score three, at this point in time we’re creating five and not taking any. It’s those wee details that we need to get better at.
“You go through periods in the season (like that). It happens every season. We’re at a level where we’re not going to win every game every week so we have wee periods where the spark’s not quite there.
“We had eight games in 26 days and felt a wee bit fatigued and hoped that the break would get us back going again. To be honest, last week, again, we created numerous chances and just didn’t take them.
“We’ve now got an opportunity to go on another run. We had a great start to the season, a great middle period, we’ve had a wee difficult period now. If we can win two, three, four on the bounce, we can take the next step again. To St Mirren’s credit, they’ve had a great run through that wee period of games.”
This is our story...
• Total Meetings: 297
• First Meeting: Monday 2 Jan 1882, Heart of Midlothian 3-2 St. Mirren
• Biggest Win: Saturday 2 September 1944, Heart of Midlothian 7-0 St. Mirren