Scottish Championship
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Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Livingston

Jamie Walker's first-half goal was enough to give Scottish Championship leaders Hearts victory over Livingston and take them 20 points clear.

The midfielder scored at the second attempt after initially being denied by goalkeeper Darren Jamieson.

Jamieson had saved earlier efforts from Walker and James Keatings and Prince Buaben missed chances for Hearts.

Livi's Nejc Praprotnik was sent off for receiving a second booking with 16 minutes remaining.

Genero Zeefuik and substitute Billy King squandered good opportunities towards the end but it mattered little as Hearts extended their advantage over second-place Hibernian, who beat Rangers to move up the table on Friday evening.

Callum Fordyce had gone close to giving Livi the lead in the first half, his header from a corner hacked off the line, and they remain three points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5OzturkBooked at 55mins
  • 4Wilson
  • 44Eckersley
  • 17Buaben
  • 7Walker
  • 14Pallardo GonzalezBooked at 64mins
  • 21AndersonSubstituted forKingat 45'minutes
  • 23ZeefuikSubstituted forOliverat 90+1'minutes
  • 19KeatingsBooked at 16minsSubstituted forGomisat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gomis
  • 9El Hassnaoui
  • 11Nicholson
  • 12King
  • 15Gallacher
  • 16Oliver
  • 30McGhee

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 5Fordyce
  • 14Gallagher
  • 2Sives
  • 15PraprotnikBooked at 74mins
  • 7Jacobs
  • 8O'BrienSubstituted forGlenat 70'minutes
  • 20MullenSubstituted forBeaumontat 87'minutes
  • 6Jacobs
  • 18WhiteBooked at 55mins
  • 22SekajjaBooked at 47minsSubstituted forMcKennaat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Hippolyte
  • 12Walker
  • 16Beaumont
  • 17McKenna
  • 19Glen
  • 25Pittman
  • 31Rutherford
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
15,463

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Livingston 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Livingston 0.

Attempt missed. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Beaumont (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gary Oliver replaces Género Zeefuik.

Attempt saved. Jordan White (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Género Zeefuik (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Jack Beaumont replaces Daniel Mullen because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) header from very close range misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Craig Sives.

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

Foul by Daniel Mullen (Livingston).

Attempt missed. Gary Glen (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Michael McKenna replaces Ibra Sekajja.

Attempt missed. Craig Sives (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Craig Sives.

Attempt blocked. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Nejc Praprotnik (Livingston).

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

Foul by Nejc Praprotnik (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Gary Glen replaces Burton O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Morgaro Gomis replaces James Keatings.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Neil Alexander.

Attempt saved. Craig Sives (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian).

Ibra Sekajja (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Nejc Praprotnik (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

Género Zeefuik (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nejc Praprotnik (Livingston).

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

Foul by Callum Fordyce (Livingston).

Foul by Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts24203162164663
2Hibernian24127547232443
3Rangers21132642222041
4Queen of Sth23116641271439
5Falkirk249963634236
6Raith Rovers238692640-1430
7Dumbarton2465132756-2923
8Cowdenbeath2353152154-3318
9Alloa2436151736-1915
10Livingston2445152536-1112
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