After the 'European' trip down to London. Hearts were straight back into domestic action with an Edinburgh derby.
It was an unusual change from the norm for me, having accepted the Hearts of Midlothian Supporter’s Trust’s kind invitation to watch the action from the directors’ box. The trust receives invites to the directors’ suite on several occasions each season and extended these invitations to a couple of members.
The atmosphere in the suite was relaxed and cordial pre-match and we were well looked after thanks to the food on offer, not to mention the complimentary bar. Disappointingly Vladimir Romanov was not present for the afternoon, however, one of his directors Vitalijus Vasiliauskas was on hand to greet his Hibernian counterparts and we were able to have an interesting chat with David Southern, the Managing Director of the club.
The game itself started of as the usual high tempo, fairly nervous affair, but Hearts managed to take complete control of proceedings and run out as comfortable 2-0 winners. The Hibernian directors around me sat quietly for the most part, but seemed fairly crestfallen by their team’s lack of competitive edge in what is normally a close contest and one which rarely correlates to current league standings.
The guest that I was with commented that the score line could have been much greater in Hearts favour and that he hadn’t expected the contest to be so straight forward. At the risk of gloating, most supporters of a maroon persuasion would have had to agree.
Hearts 2-0 Hibernian FT