Spurs give hearts a lesson
Edinburgh in August is such a busy time of year with the festival going on and many people associate the festival with laughter and comedy. The only people who would have been laughing at the events at Tynecastle last night would have been Spurs fans and possible fans of Hibs, the city rivals of Hearts. Even though Spurs couldn’t find Edinburgh accommodation due to the Fringe festival, having to stay in St Andrews, they found their hosts to be very welcoming and accommodating. The tie is surely dead with a 5-0 win away from home and once again, it shows Scottish football in a bad light.
Spurs were in second gear… at best!
Spurs were without many of their top players for a variety of different reasons but even without hitting anywhere close to top gear, Hearts were demolished. Let’s not forget that this was Tottenham’s first competitive match of the season after their opening day Premier League game against Everton was cancelled due to the rioting. Then again, there will be many people who say that the match at Tynecastle wasn’t competitive either. Hearts fans celebrated back in May when they got over the line in third place to book their spot in the Europa League play-off round but with such a drubbing they may have found that it wasn’t worth it.
Will the Jambos travel to London?
The second leg is likely to be a pointless affair with Spurs rotating their squad even further. There are allegedly over 3,000 Hearts fans taking the trip to see the game but you have to wonder if that figure will bother now. Hearts fan have never been the most loyal in the game, disappearing quickly when the team is doing badly only to return in their droves when they think they are on the up or when there is a great chance of booing and possibly even attacking the opposition manager. It has been a bad year for Hearts fans but to be honest, very few outside of Gorgie will shed a tear for their plight.
There is still a lot of bad will towards Hearts over their handling of Craig Thomson, the footballer now placed on the sex offenders register. Hearts were quite content to have the player retained at the club before public pressure and sponsor threats forced him out, where he went to Kaunas on loan. Kaunas are another club owned by Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov and many football fans are outraged at this act, which is almost as if the Hearts owner condones the actions of Thomson. In that respect, a sound thrashing for Hearts was very much what football needed.