Scottish League Cup - First Round
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League Cup: Hearts come from behind to beat Arbroath

Three goals inside four minutes saw Hearts come from behind to progress to the second round of the Scottish League Cup at Arbroath's expense.

The League Two outfit took the lead in an entertaining tie at Tynecastle through David Gold's first-half strike.

Jordan McGhee pulled one back before an Osman Sow double, including a penalty, saw Hearts take control.

Martin Grehan pulled one back late on but the two-goal lead was restored through a Craig Wilson own goal.

Hearts were initially sluggish and their play ponderous. That was exacerbated by the work rate and endeavour of Arbroath, who refused to be timid opponents.

The Edinburgh side's attacks in the opening half tended to lack penetration, although Sam Nicholson would have scored if he'd made cleaner contact after being played through by Alim Ozturk. Instead, his bundled shot bounced wide.

The mood at Tynecastle was subdued - apart from a small but boisterous group of away fans - and Abroath must have sensed that an opportunity lay in the lack of edge to the contest.

They certainly mustered their own sprightliness as Sergio Alvarez cleverly smuggled the ball through to Gold, who calmly shot beyond the Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.

The home side were roused by the setback. Calum Paterson headed against the face of the crossbar from a corner just before half-time, then Ozturk's shot from the rebound was blocked.

Sow fires home from the spot
The League Cup tie at Tynecastle yielded six goals

The interval provided a chance for the home side to regroup, but urgency was initially missing from their play after the break.

That was almost calamitous, since McGhee and Ozturk - a partnership that had shaky moments throughout - misjudged a free-kick allowing the ball to drop to Lewis Coult, who wastefully shot wide.

The centre-backs redeemed themselves by combining for the equaliser when McGhee slid in to convert Ozturk's near-post cross.

Moments later, Nicholson jinked into the penalty area and Sow converted his cutback. When Nicholson next ran into the box, he created enough anxiety to draw a foul from Craig Wilson, with Sow converting the penalty.

Hearts had found their authority, but complacency was still capable of undermining them. Hamilton had to be agile and alert to push Bobby Linn's free-kick onto the post; Gold should have converted the rebound instead of lifting the ball over from close range.

Grehan's far-post finish from a deep cross came too late to launch a comeback, and Hearts' ended the game with a final attack that caused Wilson to bundle the ball past his own goalkeeper.

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson: "We were disappointed; the first half was not acceptable. I think the players thought they were going to cruise to a result, but it was a bit of a wake-up call for all of us.

"We need to do far better than we did. I thought we passed the ball for the first 10 minutes then went flat. I think they viewed it as a pre-season game but when St Johnstone come it will be a completely different ball game."

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 13Hamilton
  • 2Paterson
  • 22McGhee
  • 5Ozturk
  • 3McHattie
  • 12King
  • 35McKirdy
  • 6GomisSubstituted forDelgado Lloriaat 66'minutes
  • 11Nicholson
  • 10SowSubstituted forRossiat 77'minutes
  • 16OliverSubstituted forWalkerat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Alexander
  • 7Walker
  • 18Rossi
  • 19Delgado Lloria
  • 21Anderson
  • 27Buchanan
  • 28Smith

Arbroath

  • 1Fleming
  • 2WilsonBooked at 62mins
  • 5Hay
  • 4Little
  • 3Lowdon
  • 7Linn
  • 6Clarke
  • 8Stewart
  • 11AlvarezBooked at 74minsSubstituted forHesterat 83'minutes
  • 9CoultSubstituted forGrehanat 58'minutes
  • 10Gold

Substitutes

  • 12Grehan
  • 14Munro
  • 15Hester
  • 16Reid
  • 17McWalter
  • 18Johnstone
  • 21Brodie
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
6,240

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamArbroath
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home18
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Arbroath 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Arbroath 2.

Goal!

Own Goal by Craig Wilson, Arbroath. Heart of Midlothian 4, Arbroath 2.

Attempt missed. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Craig Wilson.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 3, Arbroath 2. Martin Grehan (Arbroath) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Lowdon.

Substitution

Substitution, Arbroath. Kane Hester replaces Sergio Alvarez.

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

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Igor Rossi replaces Osman Sow.

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Booking

Sergio Alvarez (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Sergio Alvarez (Arbroath).

Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graham Hay (Arbroath).

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Martin Grehan (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. David Gold (Arbroath) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Bobby Linn (Arbroath) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian).

Martin Grehan (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Graham Hay (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Juanma replaces Morgaro Gomis.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Sergio Alvarez (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Keiran Stewart (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

Keiran Stewart (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Keiran Stewart (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Craig Wilson (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 3, Arbroath 1. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Heart of Midlothian. Sam Nicholson draws a foul in the penalty area.

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