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Hamilton Academical 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts' Ross Callachan celebrates scoring
Ross Callachan (left) opened the scoring with his first Hearts goal

Two first-half goals were enough for Hearts to beat Hamilton Accies and give Craig Levein the first win of his second spell as manager.

Ross Callachan scored his first goal for Hearts early by tapping in Michael Smith's low cross.

Kyle Lafferty's sixth of the season extended the lead after Giannis Skondras fouled Isma in the box.

Accies had their fair share of chances and pulled one back through Rakish Bingham from close-range.

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Further stand-out attempts by the hosts to equalise were foiled by last ditch defending or good goalkeeping.

And the visitors secured their first win at New Douglas Park in four visits - and ended a run of three games without a win - to leapfrog the home side into seventh spot.

Accies have now gone three games without a win - and six in the league against Hearts.

Hearts have hardly been potent in front of goal this season, but it only took them three minutes to take the lead in South Lanarkshire.

Jamie Walker surged from midfield and released Smith down the right-hand side, with the Northern Irishman supplying a quick low cross for the onrushing Callachan to bundle into the back of the net.

Hearts' Kyle Lafferty and Jamie Walker celebrate
Kyle Lafferty (left) put Hearts 2-0 ahead from the penalty spot

It will have been a dream come true for the 24-year-old, who is a Hearts fan and made his debut against Aberdeen last week after signing from Raith Rovers.

He converted his close-range effort right in front of a 2,000-strong Hearts visiting support and shared with them a special fist-pump moment of celebration.

Bingham should have done better when he watched his low shot diverted wide by Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and Martin Canning's men regretted that profligacy almost immediately when they went further behind through Lafferty's spot-kick.

Isma was knocked off the ball just inside the area by Skondras and, although it was heavily disputed by Accies' players, Lafferty confidently put it in the bottom left corner.

Skondras nearly reduced the deficit before Bingham atoned for his earlier miss. Great work by former Hearts winger David Templeton to get free of a couple of defenders was followed by a low cross-come-shot to the back post and Bingham was there to divert it into the net.

Templeton's overhead kick was blocked two yards from goal by John Souttar as Accies tried to equalise before the break.

The second half was not as laden with chances as the first, but the highlight was a wonderful free-kick by Ali Crawford that was destined for the top right corner only for an equally wonderful diving save by goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin to push it wide.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 2Skondras
  • 89Sarris
  • 5TomasBooked at 78mins
  • 3McMann
  • 8Docherty
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 16TempletonSubstituted forBoydat 52'minutes
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 68mins
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forRedmondat 74'minutes
  • 9BinghamSubstituted forLongridgeat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Redmond
  • 13Gogic
  • 14Biabi
  • 17Longridge
  • 19Jamieson
  • 21Donati
  • 30Boyd

Hearts

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Smith
  • 4SouttarBooked at 57mins
  • 6Berra
  • 3Smith-Brown
  • 20Callachan
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forMilinkovicat 89'minutes
  • 10Sutchuin-DjoumSubstituted forBuabenat 45'minutes
  • 27Grzelak
  • 9Lafferty
  • 77Esmael GonçalvesSubstituted forCowieat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Buaben
  • 11Milinkovic
  • 13Hamilton
  • 15Cowie
  • 23Stockton
  • 25Currie
  • 36Baur
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
3,326

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Manuel Milinkovic replaces Jamie Walker.

Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Rakish Bingham.

Attempt missed. Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Smith-Brown (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Xavier Tomas (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Xavier Tomas (Hamilton Academical).

Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Xavier Tomas (Hamilton Academical).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Daniel Redmond replaces Dougie Imrie.

Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

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

Foul by Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical).

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Callachan (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Don Cowie replaces Esmael Gonçalves.

Booking

Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

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

Foul by Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical).

Ross Callachan (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jon McLaughlin.

Booking

John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Callachan (Heart of Midlothian).

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

Michael Smith (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Steven Boyd replaces David Templeton because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic65101631316
2Aberdeen6420116514
3Rangers6321138511
4St Johnstone6321117411
5Motherwell6312109110
6Hibernian6231111019
7Hearts622257-28
8Hamilton62131011-17
9Dundee6114714-74
10Ross County6114513-84
11Partick Thistle6024712-52
12Kilmarnock6024410-62
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