Scottish Championship
Hearts4Queen of Sth1

Hearts 4-1 Queen of the South

Danny Wilson scores for Hearts against Queen of the South
Wilson (far left) headed a crucial goal for Hearts at Tynecastle

Hearts remain the only unbeaten team in British league football after a hard-fought win over Queen of the South.

James Keatings scored a stunning opener for the hosts before his team-mate Prince Buaben missed a first-half penalty.

Iain Russell equalised from the spot for the Doonhamers in the second half.

However, goals by Danny Wilson, Buaben and Adam Eckersley secured the win that keeps Robbie Neilson's side nine points clear in the Championship.

With nearest challengers Rangers securing a narrow win over Cowdenbeath, Hearts' margin of victory also increased the gap in goal difference as well.

Neilson's men started on the front foot, with Callum Paterson's right-foot shot inches wide.

But the opening goal came just seconds after Queens themselves came close to taking the lead, with Chris Higgins a touch away from converting Ian McShane's free-kick.

James Keatings celebrates after scoring for Hearts against Queen of the South
Keatings' impressive strike put Hearts ahead

Wilson then sent a 70-yard pass forward for Keatings to volley in a stunning strike from 20 yards out.

Hearts then spurned a glorious chance to double their advantage and Paterson went to ground following a tangle with Andy Dowie.

Referee Craig Charleston pointed to the spot but Buaben struck the outside of Zander Clark's right-hand post and the danger was cleared.

The league leaders continued to push forward and, when Jamie Walker dispossessed Mark Kerr and bore down on goa,l he looked likely to score. But his effort was cleared off the line by Mark Durnan.

Queens boss Jamie Fowler made a change at the break, with Derek Lyle replacing Kerr, and the visitors looked much more of a threat.

Their new approach paid off when Russell converted a spot-kick, awarded for a foul on McShane by Paterson.

However, Hearts responded to ensure another victory.

Wilson headed in from a corner to give Hearts the lead for a second time, then Buaben netted following a neat turn on the edge of the box.

And Eckersley rounded off the victory with a firm strike after Billy King's back-heel.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1AlexanderBooked at 56mins
  • 2PatersonBooked at 32mins
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4WilsonBooked at 58mins
  • 44Eckersley
  • 12King
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 17Buaben
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forMcGheeat 76'minutes
  • 28BuchananSubstituted forRobinsonat 62'minutes
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forFlanaganat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Robinson
  • 9El Hassnaoui
  • 15Gallacher
  • 22McKay
  • 30McGhee
  • 34McKirdy
  • 35Flanagan

Queen of Sth

  • 1Clark
  • 4DowieBooked at 24mins
  • 5Durnan
  • 6HigginsBooked at 45mins
  • 3Holt
  • 12Kidd
  • 16DzierzawskiSubstituted forBairdat 71'minutes
  • 18McShaneBooked at 82mins
  • 8KerrSubstituted forLyleat 45'minutes
  • 11RussellBooked at 45mins
  • 10ReillySubstituted forCarmichaelat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Baird
  • 15Paton
  • 17Carmichael
  • 19Lyle
  • 20Atkinson
  • 22Hooper
  • 26Fowler
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
15,459

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Queen of the South 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Queen of the South 1.

Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ian McShane (Queen of the South).

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

Foul by Ian McShane (Queen of the South).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Nathan Flanagan replaces James Keatings.

Attempt saved. Ian McShane (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Ian McShane (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

Scott Robinson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Ian McShane (Queen of the South).

Foul by Scott Robinson (Heart of Midlothian).

Ian McShane (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Daniel Carmichael replaces Gavin Reilly.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 4, Queen of the South 1. Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Billy King.

Attempt missed. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jordan McGhee replaces Jamie Walker.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 3, Queen of the South 1. Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Walker.

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Foul by James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian).

Mark Durnan (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. John Baird replaces Kevin Dzierzawski.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Queen of the South 1. Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by James Keatings with a cross.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Adam Eckersley.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Scott Robinson replaces Robbie Buchanan.

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Booking

Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1, Queen of the South 1. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Neil Alexander (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Queen of the South. Ian McShane draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Ian McShane (Queen of the South) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian).

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts1513204183341
2Rangers15102336132332
3Queen of Sth157442720725
4Hibernian156452417722
5Falkirk155551922-320
6Raith Rovers155371731-1418
7Dumbarton154471431-1716
8Alloa153391524-912
9Cowdenbeath1532101535-2011
10Livingston153391623-77
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