Hearts finally moved onto positive points after Scott Robinson's late winner against Ross County in Dingwall.

The visitors started well and took the lead when Callum Paterson stabbed in from two yards.

But on-loan Blackburn defender Yann Songo'o put County level with a powerful header before the break.

However, Robinson shot high into the net on 80 minutes to register his first goal of the season, taking Hearts onto two points in the Premiership.

It is the Tynecastle side's first win in 12 matches, their last victory having come at Aberdeen in November.

Gary Locke's men remain adrift at the bottom of the league, trailing Partick Thistle by 19 points, but this result is sure to provide some sort psychological lift as the team enters the final third of the season.

Hearts had started aggressively with a Sam Nicholson shot narrowly whistling over the crossbar after just twenty seconds. Moments later Paterson hit another just wide.

County's Graham Carey sent a dangerous cross into the Hearts box from the left, but it was just out of reach of Richie Brittain who ran in at the far post.

The first half then went on to see a series of high pace attacks by Hearts down both wings, one of which ended with a vicious drive from David Smith smashing off the post.

But the Jambos had to wait until the 37th minute until they finally got their goal. A corner from Smith was knocked on to Paterson and the teenager fired it home from two yards out.

Against the run of play, though, County got one back just before half time.

Carey curled a free-kick into the box where it found Cameroonian centre-half Songo'o who rose high send a powerful header into the Hearts' goal.

After the restart the home side looked like they had taken hold of the game.

But although County dominated possession for a 15-minute spell, they failed to create any clear cut chances apart from a 40-yard shot from Songo'o which forced Jamie MacDonald to pull off a good save.

It was Hearts who restored their lead again after 80 minutes.

Smith's cross was half knocked away by County goal keeper Michael Fraser but Robinson was waiting to pounce on the ball and fired it into the goal from about eight yards out.

Kevin McHattie looked set to seal the points for Hearts right in the dying moments of the game when he went on a weaving run towards the County goal and was only stopped by a great block from Michael Fraser.

The large travelling Hearts support were delighted at the final whistle with the players going over to applauded them.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (4)

Ross County

  • 20 Fraser
  • 03 Gordon (De Leeuw - 88' )
  • 28 Songo'o Booked
  • 08 Brittain
  • 21 McLean
  • 26 Oikonomou
  • 07 Kiss Booked
  • 12 Tidser (Cooper - 88' )
  • 27 Arquin Booked
  • 25 Slew
  • 23 Carey

Substitutes

  • 01 Brown
  • 05 Boyd
  • 06 Micic
  • 10 Quinn
  • 11 De Leeuw
  • 15 Glen
  • 16 Cooper

Heart of Midlothian

  • 01 MacDonald
  • 03 McHattie
  • 16 McKay Booked
  • 02 Hamill
  • 04 Wilson
  • 05 McGowan
  • 17 Smith
  • 18 Carrick (King - 74' )
  • 12 Paterson Booked
  • 08 Robinson Booked
  • 28 Nicholson (Tapping - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Ridgers
  • 19 King
  • 20 Tapping
  • 29 Oliver
  • 30 McGhee
  • 31 Beith
Ref: Kevin Clancy
Att: 4,016

Match Stats

Shots

10 16

On target

2 4

Corners

7 7

Fouls

6 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ross County 1, Hearts 2.

90:00 +2:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Hearts 2.

90:00 +1:53

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

90:00 +1:31

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Yann Songo'o.

90:00 +0:37

Brian McLean (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:37

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

88:36

Attempt blocked. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

87:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Alex Cooper replaces Michael Tidser.

87:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Melvin De Leeuw replaces Ben Gordon.

87:17

Attempt saved. Kevin McHattie (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

84:56

Attempt missed. Jordan Slew (Ross County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

83:01

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:01

Foul by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

82:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Callum Tapping replaces Sam Nicholson.

81:33

Attempt missed. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

80:44

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

80:00 Booking

Booking Richard Brittain (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

79:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 1, Hearts 2. Scott Robinson (Hearts) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

78:56 Booking

Booking Callum Paterson (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

76:30 Booking

Booking Yoann Arquin (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

76:26

Billy King (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:26

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

74:53

Attempt missed. Richard Brittain (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

74:26 Booking

Booking Brad McKay (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

74:21

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:21

Foul by Brad McKay (Hearts).

73:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Billy King replaces Dale Carrick.

73:02

Attempt missed. Dale Carrick (Hearts) header from very close range is too high.

68:14

Attempt blocked. Jamie Hamill (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:46 Booking

Booking Filip Kiss (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

67:42

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

67:42

Kevin McHattie (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:33

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

64:19

Attempt missed. David Smith (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

63:41

Foul by Jordan Slew (Ross County).

63:41

Kevin McHattie (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:47

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

60:16

Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:16

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

58:07

Michael Tidser (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:07

Foul by David Smith (Hearts).

55:17

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

54:38

Attempt missed. Yann Songo'o (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

54:11

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

53:57

Attempt saved. Yann Songo'o (Ross County) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top right corner.

52:34

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

50:00

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

50:00

Jamie Hamill (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:23

Attempt missed. Sam Nicholson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

49:00

Callum Paterson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:57

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

48:18

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:18

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

45:37

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

45:00

Second Half begins Ross County 1, Hearts 1.

45:00 +4:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ross County 1, Hearts 1.

45:00 +3:54

Attempt missed. Filip Kiss (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

45:00 +1:43

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

44:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 1, Hearts 1. Yann Songo'o (Ross County) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Richard Brittain with a cross following a set piece situation.

44:08

Foul by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

44:08

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:42

Delay in match Graham Carey (Ross County) because of an injury.

42:13

Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

42:13

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:22

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Hearts).

38:22

Evangelos Oikonomou (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 0, Hearts 1. Callum Paterson (Hearts) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Wilson following a corner.

36:02

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

33:08

Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:08

Foul by Yann Songo'o (Ross County).

32:00

Attempt missed. Dale Carrick (Hearts) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

29:14

Attempt missed. Jordan Slew (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

28:32

Foul by Brad McKay (Hearts).

28:32

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:57

Attempt blocked. Dale Carrick (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

27:00

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

26:59

Michael Tidser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:40

Attempt missed. David Smith (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

23:16

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Michael Fraser.

22:46

Attempt saved. Dale Carrick (Hearts) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

19:16

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Brian McLean.

17:22

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Brian McLean.

16:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

15:00 Booking

Booking Yann Songo'o (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

13:33

Delay in match Callum Paterson (Hearts) because of an injury.

13:05

David Smith (Hearts) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

10:34

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Hearts) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

9:28

Attempt missed. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

4:33

Attempt blocked. Callum Paterson (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:20

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Hearts) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

0:28

Attempt missed. Sam Nicholson (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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