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Ross Reflects on Hearts Draw

Jack Ross was satisfied with his side’s performance against Hearts despite only taking a point away from Tynecastle.

It was a tale of two goalkeepers, Matt Macey and Craig Gordon, on Sunday lunchtime, as the pair pulled off some magnificent saves preserving a point for both sides.

After the game, which was full of energy, fight, and passion, Ross provided his thoughts.

“I think there was an intensity about the match from minute one and I don’t think it dipped," he said.

“We had periods of the game when we were really good and periods of the game when we had to dig in and see out periods of pressure.

“I think both goalkeepers made some terrific saves and that’s why it ended goalless, apart from that it probably had a bit of everything.

“Both goalkeepers made outstanding saves. Craig Gordon is someone you almost expect it of, he’s been making big saves against Hibs a long time now, he did that again.

“Matt (Macey) has grown into being an established number one. He had big gloves to fill but he’s handled it brilliantly. He’s only lost one domestic game since he’s come in and he will take enormous confidence from his performance.”

The atmosphere added to the action on the pitch, and despite the will to get all three points, the draw means that we remain unbeaten in the cinch Premiership.

“I enjoyed the game; it was a terrific match and atmosphere, but we’re trying to grow the culture at the club about not ever being satisfied with a point at any venue. I was satisfied with large parts of what the players produced today.

“We have a young squad but it's growing with each challenge, it was a challenge to come here, and they produced the type of performance to earn them something from the game.

“We have continued our record from last season and the first five of this season as we haven’t dropped out of the top four in the Scottish Premiership; that’s testament to the consistency of the group.”

There was a raucous noise coming from the sea of green coming from the Roseburn Stand and our head coach praised them for the terrific backing.

“The fans were brilliant today. I know the demands on me to lead a victory here, and the will for us to do it, but they saw a team that stood up to a lot of challenges today and that was desperately trying to win the match.

“I thought they were brilliant right through from where I was pitch-side.

“We showed our appreciation to that at the end of the game and are trying to drive forward with them.

“We will need them on different occasions, but I thought they were magnificent today.”