Positivity is the mood of the day

Jim Jefferies 5Jim Jefferies continues to see positives at Tynecastle after his side tighten their grip on third place in the SPL with a 2-0 win at Hamilton. After losing 1-0 to Rangers at Ibrox last weekend, a Stephen Elliott double got the Jambos back on track to go 15 points ahead of fourth-placed Kilmarnock, who lost to Hibs. The win in Lanarkshire was achieved despite Jefferies being unable to call on strikers Kevin Kyle, Calum Elliot and David Obua, with Ryan Stevenson restricted to a bench appearance due to flu. Jefferies is keeping his fingers crossed that he will have all four players fit soon to add to a squad which has been boosted by the recent return of Andrew Driver, who made another substitute appearance following his recovery from a thigh tear. Jefferies had the added bonus of Scotland defender Andy Webster making his second debut for the club after coming back to the club on transfer deadline day.

The Gorgie manager said: "We have been talking about getting third place and it's 15 points which is a big gap. After that we can enjoy it because there is no pressure on us if we can't go any lower. If we achieve that early then it will be fantastic. Ryan Stevenson was unwell and couldn't make it but we decided to put him on the bench. Driver is short of match fitness, he needs to get 90 minutes but he is a quality player and I thought Webster looked as if he had never been away We will assess Kyle on Monday after he gets an injection (for groin injury), Calum Elliot (knee) should be back training next week, big Obua should be okay and Ryan Stevenson will shake off the flu."