First Team

Positivity for Morgaro

15th September 2014

Midfielder admits Saturday wasn't Jambos' day in front of goal but claims disappointment a sign of progress so far.

Pragmatism was the name of the game for Morgaro Gomis as Hearts' winning run came to a halt in the shadows of Dumbarton Rock on Saturday.

Despite going back to the top of the Scottish Championship table, the Jambos dropped two points as they failed to overcome a stubborn Dumbarton defence and had to settle for a goalless draw.

Sam Nicholson almost won it for Hearts in stoppage time as his header bounced back off the crossbar, while Chris Kane missed an effort from 3 yards out after he took his eye off the ball as both sides tried for the victory.

After the match, the ex-Dundee Utd man conceded that sometimes it just isn't your day.

"It wasn't an easy game today," he said. "Dumbarton made it really difficult for us, and they had chances to win the game as well. On days like this, you need to be patient and hope a chance falls, but it didn't happen today.

Nominally a central midfielder, Morgaro found himself adapting to a number of positions on the pitch as players dropped like flies around him. Filling in at left back, then centre half and later right back, the Senegalese star revealed that this was something the players worked on during the week.

"The manager wants us to be adaptable, so we train in different positions", he explained. "I can drop into centre half or left back if we need cover on a break or if we have an injury. We work hard on that in training.

Finally, the Hearts number 6 adopted a bullish approach to proceedings, admitting that Hearts would now been seen as a scalp for teams in the league following the hype that emerged after the first month of the season.

"We won our first four games, so we knew we'd face hard games after putting on that sort of run. We want to win every game, obviously. Today was the worst we've played, and we didn't even play that badly either, which just shows you the standards we've set ourselves so far.

"It could have gone either way in the end. We had chances to win, but to be fair so did they. We might have gotten lucky not to lose, but the point puts us top.

"There's a long season ahead so we'll take the point, try to stay on top, focus on next week's match against Cowdenbeath and we'll see what happens then.