Scottish Championship
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Raith Rovers 1-3 Heart of Midlothian

Billy King scores for Hearts against Raith Rovers
Billy King netted the third goal in Hearts' 24th league win of the season

Hearts took another step towards the Scottish Championship title by beating Raith Rovers.

Kevin McHattie converted James Keatings' cross from close range to give Hearts the lead.

However, Raith were level by half-time. Craig Barr met Ryan Conroy's corner and headed high into the net.

The hosts' Christian Nade was sent off for catching McHattie late before Jamie Walker curled in Hearts' second and Billy King added a third.

The Tynecastle side re-establish a 20-point lead over second-place Hibernian with eight games to play.

Raith Rovers forward Christian Nade is sent off against Hearts
Nade was sent off against his former club

And, should Hearts beat Falkirk on Saturday, Robbie Neilson's side could be confirmed as champions if Hibernian lose to Rangers on Sunday.

McHattie was making his first appearance since November and marked it with the opening goal, tapping in Keatings' deflected cross.

There were few signs that Raith were going to trouble Hearts until Conroy's delivery was converted by the leaping Barr.

Nade was shown a straight red card for his challenge on McHattie, who received treatment before carrying on.

And Hearts gradually took control again with Keatings' replacement Walker cutting in from the left and beating David McGurn with a low shot.

The visitors kept pressing and Walker set up King to strike the clinching goal late on, leaving Hearts within five points of title victory and automatic promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

Hearts midfielder Jamie Walker
Walker scored Hearts' second and set up their third

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 20McGurn
  • 2Thomson
  • 4Watson
  • 55Barr
  • 23McKeown
  • 7AndersonBooked at 53mins
  • 12Callachan
  • 6Fox
  • 14Conroy
  • 16VaughanBooked at 50minsSubstituted forStewartat 71'minutes
  • 27NadeBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 5Hill
  • 8Moon
  • 9Stewart
  • 11Scott
  • 30Robertson
  • 31Matthews

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4Wilson
  • 3McHattie
  • 12KingSubstituted forAndersonat 89'minutes
  • 6Gomis
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 11Nicholson
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forWalkerat 73'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 23ZeefuikSubstituted forEl Hassnaouiat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Walker
  • 9El Hassnaoui
  • 15Gallacher
  • 20Sow
  • 21Anderson
  • 30McGhee
  • 44Eckersley
Referee:
George Salmond
Attendance:
4,760

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home4
Away25
Shots on Target
Home3
Away11
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Raith Rovers 1, Heart of Midlothian 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 1, Heart of Midlothian 3.

Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Soufian El Hassnaoui (Heart of Midlothian).

Craig Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt saved. Ryan Conroy (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Kenny Anderson replaces Billy King.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Soufian El Hassnaoui replaces Género Zeefuik.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Heart of Midlothian 3. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Walker.

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Heart of Midlothian 2. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Morgaro Gomis.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Rory McKeown.

Attempt saved. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jamie Walker replaces James Keatings.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Lewis Vaughan.

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Dismissal

Christian Nade (Raith Rovers) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Foul by Christian Nade (Raith Rovers).

Kevin McHattie (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Lewis Vaughan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Billy King (Heart of Midlothian).

Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Género Zeefuik (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Christian Nade (Raith Rovers).

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

Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts28243181186375
2Hibernian28167555243155
3Rangers27147649282149
4Queen of Sth27128745311444
5Falkirk27111064236643
6Raith Rovers2796123147-1633
7Dumbarton2876152863-3527
8Alloa2947182243-2119
9Cowdenbeath2754182168-4719
10Livingston2846182743-1613
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