We’re still sit­ting pretty

West Lothian Courier - - Drivetime Extra -

We’ve now played ev­ery team in the league – bar our re-ar­ranged game with Aberdeen – so it seems a good time to as­sess how we’ve coped in our re­turn to the top flight.

Surely 18 points is well be­yond the ex­pec­ta­tions of all the fans. It’s been a mirac­u­lous start to the sea­son and we’ve smashed all pre­dic­tions that we would be the whip­ping boys of the league.

Open­ing the sea­son at Celtic was al­ways go­ing to be more about the oc­ca­sion than the re­sult, but we gave a good ac­count of our­selves in a 3-1 de­feat.

We are com­ing off back-to-back losses against St John­stone and Hamil­ton but we have grabbed wins over Rangers, Hibs and a draw away at league lead­ers Hearts.

We equalled our largest ever top-flight win with a 4-0 romp at home to Dundee and Gary Holt was named Man­ager of the Month in his first month at the club.

We sit eighth in the ta­ble, just eight points off the top but, far more im­por­tantly, we are 15 points clear of base­ment boys Dundee and 14 clear of St Mir­ren, who oc­cupy the play-off berth.

It’s been quite the start and sets us up nicely.

We be­gin this sec­ond part of the sea­son at home to Celtic on Sun­day. The play­ers will be des­per­ate to give a good ac­count of them­selves in front of the live TV cam­eras.

It will be some ef­fort from the boys if they pre­vent the los­ing run go­ing to three games and the fans need to get be­hind the team like they have all sea­son.

There was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult spells dur­ing our first cam­paign in the top flight for 12 years – and this might be one.

As long as we re­main united both on and off the pitch and back the team ev­ery week, we will come out the other end bet­ter. Let’s get right be­hind the Li­ons on Sun­day and, hope­fully, shock the na­tion again.

Frus­trated Gary Holt felt his side should have taken some­thing from the game

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