Saints 2-1 Hearts

Last updated : 03 October 2009 By Stuart Gillespie
Unsurprisingly, we did it the hard way and had to come from behind to take all three points. Jose Goncalves put Hearts in front before Steven Thomson grabbed an equaliser and Craig Dargo hit a stunning second half strike to put us in front. We didn't have to hold on as Hearts rarely threatened us, meaning we finally had that elusive first league win at Greenhill Road. It was also the first time in three and a half years we had come from behind to win at home!

As expected, Andy Dorman and Lee Mair returned to the starting line-up, Garry Brady and Chris Innes the men dropping out. However, Tom Brighton was left on the bench - although he was to play an important part as a sub.

Hearts came charging out of the blocks, David Witteveen having his header cleared off the line by Steven Thomson before David Obua shot wide. As usual, we created little, however we did seem far more direct than usual. It was nice to see the ball being played over the top and for players to run onto at times, although the usual passing it around, and back, far too much still persisted.

The game came to life after half an hour, Suso Santana unleashing a shot that Paul Gallacher tipped over. John Potter scrambled Obua's effort wide, before Craig Thomson whipped in a corner that was met by Goncalves to crash home a header.

This was not good, and they should have been far, far worse two minutes later. Mair tried to play the ball back to Gallacher, who then amusingly (if you don't support us) fell on his backside. Suso pounced on the loose ball and looked set to score, before taking a leaf out of Jose Quitongo's book and tried to beat our defence. Having decided enough was enough he finally got round to shooting, but Mair and Gallacher kept out his effort.

It was one hell of a let off, and we took full advantage. Gallacher kicked the ball long, Dargo chased it down and fed it to McGinn. Andy Dorman had a comical attempt to connect with the cross, but somehow got it to the on rushing Steven Thomson who thumped it home.

After recovering from going a goal behind, we should have built on that, but instead had the bad shooting of Witteveen to thank for being level at half time. Mair then had to go off with injury and was replaced by Innes, before Brighton came on for the tiring Hugh Murray.

The change worked a treat. After Dargo was flattened by Ismael Bouzid, who was booked, David Barron's free-kick was cleared to McGinn. When he crossed the ball back in it was flicked on by Brighton into the path of Dargo, who unleashed an unstoppable volley into the top corner of Janos Balogh's net. We were in front! Unfortunately there was still half an hour to go.

However, the cavalry charge from Hearts failed to materialise. They only had one real chance, Obua heading wide at a corner, and failed to take advantage of their possession and crosses. Sound familiar?

For once, we had taken our rare chances when they presented themselves. At long, long last, we have our first home league win at Greenhill Road. Shame we have to wait a few weeks to go for number two!