Danny Wilson insisted he was taking nothing for granted after Hearts maintained their nine point lead at the top of the Scottish Championship following a 4-1 victory over an impressive Queen of the South at Tynecastle on Saturday.
The skipper made his first appearance for 6 weeks and marked his return with a goal - complimenting strikes from James Keatings, Prince Buaben and Adam Eckersley - in the success, although he may have told a small fib when questioned if he actually knew anything about his second half header.
“Of course I did”, laughed the skipper. “The ball just sort of came off me! You anticipate the guy ahead of you maybe getting something on it, but this one just hit me in the face. Yeah, it’s not a great goal but it came at an important time and contributed to a vital win.”
The last we’d seen of Danny in a maroon jersey was when he hobbled off in the Edinburgh derby back in October - when Alim Öztürk stepped up in the captain’s absence to rescue the Jambos with his famous 40-yard strike - and the ex-Liverpool man conceded it was his own mistake that caused his prolonged absence.
“I tried to rush back for the Hibs game, and as you saw that proved to be a mistake, because I wasn’t anywhere near ready and as a result I had to sit on the sidelines and watch”, he admitted. “That’s frustrating for a player, so I have to get my form back and play better football again.”
As Scott Wilson proudly announced before Saturday’s game, Hearts remain the only undefeated side in the top leagues of the UK.
Despite this minor accomplishment, Danny was keen for the players not to dwell on that, pointing out that - while unlucky in them - the team had lost a few cup games this season, although he did also admit that those particular matches were not a priority for the team.
“We’ve been unfortunate to lose games in the cup, especially as the draws haven’t been so kind to us, so we’re not entirely happy with that. However, the league and cup are totally different propositions for us.
“A run in the cup would have been great, but be left in no doubt the league is absolutely the priority for us. It’s easily the most important thing. We want to win the league.”