Scottish Championship
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Alloa Athletic 0-1 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts celebrate a late winner at Alloa

Adam Eckersley scored a late free kick to give unbeaten Championship leaders Hearts victory at Alloa.

Dale Carrick nearly put the visitors ahead inside 30 seconds when he pulled an effort wide from six yards.

Osman Sow, Billy King and Prince Buaben also came close for Hearts, while Kevin Cawley spurned two chances for Alloa.

But, with five minutes remaining, Eckersley was fouled and the left-back fired the resulting set-piece into the bottom corner.

With their ninth win in 10 matches, the Edinburgh side now enjoy a nine-point gap over nearest challengers Rangers.

Line-ups

Alloa

  • 21McDowall
  • 17DoyleBooked at 51mins
  • 4GordonBooked at 36mins
  • 14Benedictus
  • 3Docherty
  • 7Cawley
  • 6SimmonsBooked at 38mins
  • 8McCord
  • 10Holmes
  • 19Buchanan
  • 9SpenceSubstituted forFernsat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tiffoney
  • 5Meggatt
  • 11Ferns
  • 15Marr
  • 18Hetherington
  • 20Asghar
  • 31Couser

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 30McGheeSubstituted forPatersonat 51'minutes
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4Wilson
  • 44Eckersley
  • 12KingBooked at 55mins
  • 6Gomis
  • 17Buaben
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forEl Hassnaouiat 73'minutes
  • 20Sow
  • 18CarrickSubstituted forNicholsonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Paterson
  • 3McHattie
  • 9El Hassnaoui
  • 10Holt
  • 11Nicholson
  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
3,067

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home0
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Michael Doyle (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian).

Goal!

Goal! Alloa Athletic 0, Heart of Midlothian 1. Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Liam Buchanan (Alloa Athletic).

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Ryan McCord (Alloa Athletic).

Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

Attempt missed. Graeme Holmes (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Edward Ferns (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic).

Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Edward Ferns (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ryan McCord (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Soufian El Hassnaoui replaces Jamie Walker.

Foul by Edward Ferns (Alloa Athletic).

Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Kyle Benedictus (Alloa Athletic).

Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Hand ball by Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Stephen Simmons (Alloa Athletic).

Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Alim Ozturk.

Attempt missed. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Kyle Benedictus (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Michael Doyle (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Billy King (Heart of Midlothian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts98102642225
2Rangers8512189916
3Queen of Sth94231614214
4Raith Rovers94231215-314
5Hibernian93241111011
6Falkirk8242811-310
7Dumbarton9243713-610
8Livingston8215812-47
9Alloa9216815-77
10Cowdenbeath8125919-105
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