Scottish Premiership
Ross CountyRoss County1HeartsHeart of Midlothian2

Ross County 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

By Andrew ThomsonBBC Scotland at Victoria Park

Hearts finally moved onto positive points after Scott Robinson's late winner against Ross County in Dingwall.

The visitors started well and took the lead when Callum Paterson stabbed in from two yards.

But on-loan Blackburn defender Yann Songo'o put County level with a powerful header before the break.

However, Robinson shot high into the net on 80 minutes to register his first goal of the season, taking Hearts onto two points in the Premiership.

It is the Tynecastle side's first win in 12 matches, their last victory having come at Aberdeen in November.

Gary Locke's men remain adrift at the bottom of the league, trailing Partick Thistle by 19 points, but this result is sure to provide some sort psychological lift as the team enters the final third of the season.

Hearts had started aggressively with a Sam Nicholson shot narrowly whistling over the crossbar after just twenty seconds. Moments later Paterson hit another just wide.

County's Graham Carey sent a dangerous cross into the Hearts box from the left, but it was just out of reach of Richie Brittain who ran in at the far post.

The first half then went on to see a series of high pace attacks by Hearts down both wings, one of which ended with a vicious drive from David Smith smashing off the post.

But the Jambos had to wait until the 37th minute until they finally got their goal. A corner from Smith was knocked on to Paterson and the teenager fired it home from two yards out.

Against the run of play, though, County got one back just before half time.

Carey curled a free-kick into the box where it found Cameroonian centre-half Songo'o who rose high send a powerful header into the Hearts' goal.

After the restart the home side looked like they had taken hold of the game.

But although County dominated possession for a 15-minute spell, they failed to create any clear cut chances apart from a 40-yard shot from Songo'o which forced Jamie MacDonald to pull off a good save.

It was Hearts who restored their lead again after 80 minutes.

Smith's cross was half knocked away by County goal keeper Michael Fraser but Robinson was waiting to pounce on the ball and fired it into the goal from about eight yards out.

Kevin McHattie looked set to seal the points for Hearts right in the dying moments of the game when he went on a weaving run towards the County goal and was only stopped by a great block from Michael Fraser.

The large travelling Hearts support were delighted at the final whistle with the players going over to applauded them.

Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 20Fraser
  • 3GordonSubstituted forDe Leeuwat 88'minutes
  • 28Songo'oBooked at 15mins
  • 8Brittain
  • 21McLean
  • 26Oikonomou
  • 7KissBooked at 68mins
  • 12TidserSubstituted forCooperat 88'minutes
  • 27ArquinBooked at 77mins
  • 25Slew
  • 23Carey

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 5Boyd
  • 6Micic
  • 10Quinn
  • 11De Leeuw
  • 15Glen
  • 16Cooper

Hearts

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1MacDonald
  • 3McHattie
  • 16McKayBooked at 75mins
  • 2Hamill
  • 4Wilson
  • 5McGowan
  • 17Smith
  • 18CarrickSubstituted forKingat 74'minutes
  • 12PatersonBooked at 79mins
  • 8RobinsonBooked at 80mins
  • 28NicholsonSubstituted forTappingat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Ridgers
  • 19King
  • 20Tapping
  • 29Oliver
  • 30McGhee
  • 31Beith
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
4,016

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 1, Hearts 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Hearts 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Yann Songo'o.

  5. Post update

    Brian McLean (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Alex Cooper replaces Michael Tidser.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Melvin De Leeuw replaces Ben Gordon.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin McHattie (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Slew (Ross County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hearts. Callum Tapping replaces Sam Nicholson.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

  17. Booking

    Richard Brittain (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Ross County 1, Hearts 2. Scott Robinson (Hearts) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

  19. Booking

    Callum Paterson (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Booking

    Yoann Arquin (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

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