We’re still sitting pretty
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