Scottish Championship
Hearts1Raith Rovers0

Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Raith Rovers

Hearts players celebrating
Defender Alim Osturk scored for Hearts for the second game running

Alim Osturk's first-half goal secured a narrow win over Raith Rovers to keep Hearts four points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship.

The defender's long-range effort rescued a point against rivals Hibernian in their last outing.

And this time the defender found the net from 30 yards after striding forward unchallenged and unleashing a fierce drive past David McGurn.

The fifth-minute goal lit up an otherwise dull affair.

But the Edinburgh side did what they needed to maintain the four-point gap with Rangers.

After opening the scoring, Ozturk then tried his luck again, this time from a 25-yard free-kick, but it fizzed narrowly over the crossbar.

The hosts dominated possession throughout the opening period but failed to create any meaningful chances.

At the other end, Paul Watson flicked a header over the bar on one of the few occasions Rovers ventured forward.

The second half continued in the same vein, with Hearts dominating possession but struggling to break down a determined Kirkcaldy side.

However, the hosts were forced to cling on in the last eight minutes with 10 men after Adam Eckersley was forced off through injury after all three substitutions had been made.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 30McGhee
  • 22McKay
  • 5Ozturk
  • 44Eckersley
  • 12King
  • 17Buaben
  • 6GomisBooked at 76mins
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forHoltat 61'minutes
  • 9El HassnaouiSubstituted forKeatingsat 53'minutes
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forBuchananat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McHattie
  • 10Holt
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 15Gallacher
  • 19Keatings
  • 28Buchanan
  • 34McKirdy

Raith Rovers

  • 20McGurn
  • 2Thomson
  • 3Perry
  • 4Watson
  • 23McKeown
  • 19McKaySubstituted forStewartat 67'minutes
  • 8MoonSubstituted forConroyat 79'minutes
  • 6Fox
  • 7Anderson
  • 10Elliot
  • 11Scott

Substitutes

  • 5Hill
  • 9Stewart
  • 12Callachan
  • 14Conroy
  • 16Vaughan
  • 17Laidlaw
  • 27Nade
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
16,372

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home3
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Raith Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Raith Rovers 0.

Attempt missed. Ryan Conroy (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Holt (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Paul Watson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robbie Buchanan (Heart of Midlothian).

Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Paul Watson (Raith Rovers) with an attempt from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Jason Holt.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ryan Conroy replaces Kevin Moon.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Robbie Buchanan replaces Jamie Walker.

Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

Attempt saved. Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers).

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

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Barrie McKay.

Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jason Holt replaces Sam Nicholson.

Hand ball by Liam Fox (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Paul Watson (Raith Rovers).

Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Brad McKay.

Kevin Moon (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Ross Perry (Raith Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. James Keatings replaces Soufian El Hassnaoui.

Hand ball by Liam Fox (Raith Rovers).

Paul Watson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts1210203362732
2Rangers1291234102428
3Queen of Sth126332416821
4Hibernian125341813518
5Raith Rovers124351423-915
6Falkirk123541418-414
7Alloa123271219-711
8Dumbarton12246824-1610
9Livingston122371019-99
10Cowdenbeath122281332-198
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