Hearts staved off relegation until Wednesday at least by consigning Edinburgh rivals Hibernian to a third straight defeat.

Dale Carrick's emphatic finish from close range gave the hosts an early advantage.

Jordon Forster had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside on a frustrating day for the visitors.

Hibs had Alan Maybury sent off before substitute Billy King rounded Ben Williams to score Hearts' late second.

Victory buoys bottom club Hearts but demotion from the Scottish Premiership will be confirmed for Gary Locke's side if they lose to Aberdeen in midweek.

For Hibs, their ninth loss since Terry Butcher took charge in November leaves them six points above the relegation play-off spot.

The early tension at Tynecastle was illustrated by a high challenge by Lewis Stevenson in which the Hibs player's studs caught the chest of Callum Paterson.

However, Paterson showed no signs of injury when he played a major role in the opening goal as the visitors' recent defensive frailties were laid bare.

Hibernian defender Ryan McGivern

Hibs lost an Edinburgh derby for the third time in all competitions this season

His cross from the right was deftly headed down by Ryan Stevenson for Carrick, who kept his cool in controlling the ball before lashing past Ben Williams.

Hibs, showing six changes from last week's defeat by St Johnstone, were rocked by the early set-back but gradually worked their way back into the game.

Danny Handling found space on the edge of the Hearts area, but his shot was too high.

And Sam Stanton pulled a free-kick wide, much to the delight of the home fans now revelling in the atmosphere.

There were more ironic cheers from the Hearts fans when James Collins sent a shot skywards following some superb set-up play by Duncan Watmore.

Hearts knew a second goal would further sink Hibs' fragile confidence and Sam Nicholson, who earlier netted after a dubious offside flag had been raised against a team-mate, tested Williams with a powerful diagonal shot.

David Smith also came close for the home side in the early moments of the second half, driving narrowly wide after being released by the industrious Carrick.

Hibernian's claims of handball against Dylan McGowan fell on deaf ears after the defender had blocked Collins' shot on the edge of the box.

Ryan McGivern was off target with two efforts at the Hearts end before the game's most controversial moment.

Forster rose to head in a deep Stevenson cross but his celebrations were cut short by the the offside flag. However, television replays revealed the Hibs man had in fact been played onside by McGowan.

And Hibs' day went from bad to worse when Maybury received a second yellow card for tripping King as Hearts mounted a counter attack.

Another breakaway was the catalyst for Hearts' clincher as King was sent clean through on goal by Stevenson and the youngster kept his footing after evading Williams to net his first goal for the club.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Heart of Midlothian

  • 01 MacDonald
  • 12 Paterson
  • 03 McHattie
  • 02 Hamill
  • 05 McGowan
  • 04 Wilson
  • 17 Smith (McCallum - 77' )
  • 15 Holt (Robinson - 87' )
  • 18 Carrick (King - 83' )
  • 07 Stevenson Booked
  • 28 Nicholson

Substitutes

  • 08 Robinson
  • 09 McCallum
  • 13 Ridgers
  • 14 Walker
  • 16 McKay
  • 19 King
  • 30 McGhee

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 18 Maybury Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 03 McGivern Booked
  • 20 Taiwo (Thomson - 70' )
  • 23 Forster
  • 05 Nelson
  • 22 Watmore (Harris - 68' )
  • 26 Stanton
  • 14 Collins
  • 19 Handling (Cairney - 85' )
  • 16 Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 07 Harris
  • 10 Craig
  • 11 Cairney
  • 15 Boateng
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 24 Heffernan
  • 38 Thomson
Ref: Steven McLean
Att: 16,873

Match Stats

Shots

11 14

On target

4 1

Corners

2 5

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hearts 2, Hibernian 0.

90:00 +4:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hearts 2, Hibernian 0.

90:00 +4:09

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

90:00 +3:21

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

90:00 +3:21

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

90:00 +2:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 2, Hibernian 0. Billy King (Hearts) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Stevenson.

89:22 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

89:12

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

89:12

Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

87:51

Foul by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

87:51

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Scott Robinson replaces Jason Holt.

85:02

Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

84:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Paul Cairney replaces Daniel Handling.

84:18

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

84:18

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Billy King replaces Dale Carrick.

81:33

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

80:52

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Dale Carrick.

78:23

Attempt missed. Danny Wilson (Hearts) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

77:42

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

77:42

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Paul McCallum replaces David Smith.

73:17

Attempt missed. Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

72:06

Attempt blocked. James Collins (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

71:39

Daniel Handling (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:39

Foul by David Smith (Hearts).

70:45

Attempt saved. Alex Harris (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

69:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Kevin Thomson replaces Tom Taiwo.

67:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Duncan Watmore.

66:24

Sam Nicholson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:24

Foul by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).

66:08

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

65:15

Sam Nicholson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:15

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

63:16

Attempt missed. David Smith (Hearts) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

62:27

Attempt missed. Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

62:11

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Hamill.

61:30

Foul by Jason Holt (Hearts).

61:30

Daniel Handling (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:52 Booking

Booking Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

60:48

David Smith (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:48

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

60:32

Attempt blocked. James Collins (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:33

Attempt missed. Michael Nelson (Hibernian) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right following a corner.

57:52 Booking

Booking Alan Maybury (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

57:46

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

55:41

Attempt missed. David Smith (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

52:25

Foul by Jason Holt (Hearts).

52:25

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:31

Attempt missed. David Smith (Hearts) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

49:59

Attempt blocked. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:16

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

49:16

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:13

Attempt missed. Alan Maybury (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Hearts 1, Hibernian 0.

45:00 +0:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hearts 1, Hibernian 0.

44:49

Foul by Sam Nicholson (Hearts).

44:49

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:30

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Ben Williams.

44:13

Attempt saved. Sam Nicholson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

42:53

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

40:20

Attempt missed. Daniel Handling (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

39:21

Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

34:47

Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

34:00

Daniel Handling (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:59

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

31:09

Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

30:27

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:27

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

28:24

Attempt missed. Daniel Handling (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

27:16 Booking

Booking Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

27:10

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

27:10

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:08

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

23:08

Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:20

Attempt missed. Jamie Hamill (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

10:44

David Smith (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:44

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

10:12

Attempt saved. David Smith (Hearts) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

8:15

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

8:15

Daniel Handling (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:10

Attempt missed. Daniel Handling (Hibernian) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

6:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 1, Hibernian 0. Dale Carrick (Hearts) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Stevenson with a cross.

4:23

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

4:23

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:37

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

1:37

Callum Paterson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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