Hitman Hart gutted not to break Hearts

West End striker Graeme Hart.
West End striker Graeme Hart.

Goal machine Graeme Hart said there was plenty of positives to take after his side’s narrow 1-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Super League outfit Kelty Hearts.

West End took the high-flying side right to the wire and probably warranted a replay out of the fixture, with Scott Fullerton smashing the post from 20 yards out.

But Hart, who has scored 14 goals in 10 games this season, said the performance is an example of the quality squad assembled by manager Daryl McKenzie.

Hart said: “It was disappointing because we did give them a good game, and I felt we could have got something from it. There was nothing in it, it was just the break of the ball they got that we didn’t.

“Scott Fullerton hits the post and if that goes in, it’s a different story.

“But that’s the best team in the East Region at the moment, so there’s a lot of positives to take from it and it just shows how far we’ve come. It’s a good reflection of where the squad is right now, Daryl’s been building a squad for a couple of years now.”

Forfar are flying themselves in their own league, currently occupying fifth place in the Premier League.

Graeme admitted it’s great to be in that position, but knows that a couple of bad results could drastically change the league table.

He continued: “We’re in fifth, we’re on a good run in the league but the way it is, you win a couple of games and you’re right up there and if you lose a couple you’re right down there.

“Coming up this season our objective was to get as many points on the board as we can and maintain our position in the league, anything on top of that is a bonus. We’re in a position right now where we’re looking at the top of the table but two defeats and we’re looking over our shoulder again.

“We all believe in the team, we all believe in each other. We’re now looking at the teams above us, the likes of Edinburgh United and Dalkeith, teams that have come here and beat us. We’re looking and thinking ‘we’re as good, if not better’.”

The striker is delighted to be able to help the team on their current run of form, but was keen to credit his teammates for giving him so many goalscoring opportunities.

He added: “I’m having a good run at the moment, hopefully it keeps going. But a lot of it is down to the boys, a lot of them are put on a plate for me. There’s a lot of hard work from the boys and I’m just in the right place at the right time to finish it off.”