Scottish Premiership
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Motherwell 2-1 Heart of Midlothian

Louis Moult scored a sublime winner as Motherwell came from behind to beat Hearts in the Premiership.

The visitors took the lead thanks to Kyle Lafferty's low drive from distance but Ryan Bowman squared it with a close-range header.

Moult made it 2-1 with a wonderful lobbed effort into the top corner.

The Englishman went close to a second, but the officials decided Christophe Berra had cleared his header off the line.

Hearts' Jamie Walker went closest to an equaliser with a second-half dig from distance that goalkeeper Trevor Carson touched wide.

The win is Well's second Premiership triumph on the spin, and their second of the campaign, while interim Hearts head coach Jon Daly has now overseen one win, one draw and two defeats.

Louis Moult scores Motherwell's second
Louis Moult dinked a superb shot into the top corner to edge Motherwell 2-1 up

One man may not make a team, but Moult proved how vital he is for Motherwell after Hearts went ahead through Lafferty's strike.

His first telling contribution was an assist for Bowman, nodding Richard Tait's deep delivery back across goal where his team-mate was waiting to head home.

Minutes later, Moult showed his range of skills to bag the winner with a wonderful finish. He gathered on the edge of the box, dug the ball out of his feet and found the top corner with a terrific floated effort.

He thought he had a second with a back-post header that looked in all the way before Berra intervened to clear.

Kyle Lafferty celebrates
Kyle Lafferty gave Hearts the lead with a low effort from distance

Hearts came into this one on the back of two successive clean sheets and four points from six.

It started so well when Lafferty gathered, drove towards the box and fired an accurate low drive past Carson and just inside the post.

Their solidity at the back deserted them for Motherwell's equaliser, with Bowman left in space to finish easily.

While Moult's winner was a superb finish, questions might also be asked about how he found space in such a dangerous area.

It simply did not click for the visitors, who lacked any real threat for much of the match.

The international break gives the Tynecastle club space to appoint the man they want to become their next permanent head coach - with Hearts owner Ann Budge expected to make an announcement at the beginning of the week - and how Daly would have loved a win ahead of that to reinforce his credentials.

Ryan Bowman celebrates
Ryan Bowman's header drew Motherwell level

Motherwell will take great confidence from this result, with manager Stevie Robinson appearing to have made some shrewd summer moves.

Keeping hold of Moult until after the transfer window shuts this week would mark more fantastic business for the Fir Park outfit.

Post-match reaction

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "There's an inner belief that they're never going to be beaten. We earned it. Hearts are a good side but I thought we out-battled them at times.

Stevie Robinson and Jon Daly
Stevie Robinson felt his side had the better of the match while Jon Daly was left frustrated

"Second half, I thought we played really well and probably deserved the result.

"We're creating a lot of chances. I still think there's lots of things we can improve on. Defensively we're very good. We're solid, we're strong and we coped with a bombardment for 5-10 minutes with crosses into the box.

"Louis (Moult) is a Motherwell footballer for the next year unless someone makes an offer that the board can't refuse."

Hearts interim head coach Jon Daly: "I thought we could have played more football; when we did, I thought we were the better team.

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Daly says he's steadied ship at Hearts

"Motherwell are quite direct and they are good at what they do. We did the work on that and it's disappointing not to deal with it.

"It's frustrating. It will be a long two weeks now until the Aberdeen game."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 2Tait
  • 4Heneghan
  • 21KipreBooked at 71mins
  • 18Dunne
  • 7CaddenSubstituted forFisherat 80'minutes
  • 8McHugh
  • 15Rose
  • 11FrearBooked at 49minsSubstituted forCampbellat 67'minutes
  • 12Bowman
  • 9Moult

Substitutes

  • 5Bigirimana
  • 13Griffiths
  • 14Plummer
  • 17Fisher
  • 22Campbell
  • 26MacLean
  • 27Tanner

Hearts

  • 13Hamilton
  • 2Smith
  • 4Souttar
  • 6Berra
  • 27GrzelakBooked at 10mins
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 16RandallBooked at 60minsSubstituted forBuabenat 79'minutes
  • 15Cowie
  • 7WalkerBooked at 77minsSubstituted forMooreat 79'minutes
  • 9Lafferty
  • 23StocktonSubstituted forEsmael Gonçalvesat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 5Hughes
  • 8Buaben
  • 25Currie
  • 30Brandon
  • 33Moore
  • 77Esmael Gonçalves
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
6,568

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 2, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Prince Buaben.

Attempt missed. Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Alex Fisher replaces Chris Cadden.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Lewis Moore replaces Jamie Walker.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Prince Buaben replaces Connor Randall.

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

Booking

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Motherwell).

John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian).

Allan Campbell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian).

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

Booking

Cedric Kipre (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Motherwell).

Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Allan Campbell replaces Elliott Frear.

Cedric Kipre (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Elliott Frear (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Heart of Midlothian).

Richard Tait (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Esmael Gonçalves replaces Cole Stockton.

Booking

Connor Randall (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Connor Randall (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt blocked. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Charles Dunne (Motherwell).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen4400105512
2Celtic431082610
3St Johnstone431083510
4Hamilton42118537
5Hibernian32017616
6Motherwell420267-16
7Rangers31114404
8Hearts411236-34
9Ross County310235-23
10Kilmarnock401337-41
11Partick Thistle400449-50
12Dundee300327-50
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