Scottish Championship
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Heart of Midlothian 5-0 Livingston

By Keir MurrayBBC Sport Scotland

Hearts eased Livingston aside at Tynecastle to move six points clear of Rangers, who play Hibs on Monday, at the top of the Scottish Championship.

Soufian El Hassnaoui cracked in Hearts' opener from 18 yards, with Jamie Walker's angled drive and an Osman Sow goal putting the Jambos in control.

Livingston's best chance fell to Mark Burchill, who clipped a shot wide.

But Hearts were cruising, with Morgaro Gomis hitting the bar and James Keatings and Sow adding to the scoring.

Livingston went into the match on the back of a 4-0 defeat against Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup.

Their manager John McGlynn, a former Hearts boss, hoped to bring to Edinburgh's west end the form they showed in the first half at Pittodrie but the men in maroon were dominant from the off.

Callum Paterson had advanced from defence for a corner and headed just over Darren Jamieson's bar early on.

Soon after, Sow made a good run down the left and fired a shot across the face of goal that went narrowly wide, then Walker dribbled skilfully and watched his effort be deflected over.

Osman Sow's brace took his Hearts tally to six
Osman Sow's brace took his Hearts tally to six

Livi were hemmed in and as the quarter-hour mark approached El Hassnaoui drove a low shot into the far corner of the net after turning neatly at the edge of the box.

The Dutch-born Moroccan might have snatched a second but poked wide the rebound from Alim Ozturk's free-kick, which came back off a post.

Walker doubled the hosts' advantage in the 30th minute, slamming a low shot between the near post and a rather sluggish Jamieson after midfielder Burton O'Brien had tried to usher him wide but left the 21-year-old winger too much space for the shot.

O'Brien then inexplicably gifted possession to Sow, who despatched the ball with ease past Jamieson.

Livingston's goalscoring attempts in the first half had been limited to shots by Myles Hippolyte and Gary Glen. After the interval their best chance of pulling one back fell to Burchill, who burst into the box and clipped his shot a foot wide of the far post.

He and Hippolyte made way for Michael McKenna and Daniel Mullen with half an hour to go, while Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson replaced Walker and Sam Nicholson with Dale Carrick and Billy King.

Gomis smashed a left-foot shot off the visitors' crossbar after seizing on a loose ball in midfield and advancing to 22 yards from goal.

As Hearts pushed for a fourth, King's snapshot produced a good save by Jamieson, either side of impressive stops from a clever Osman flick and a powerful drive by substitute Keatings after good work by Buaben down the right.

Livi held firm for the next 25 minutes, thanks to their goalkeeper and improved passing, but were hit by two late goals.

Carrick cut the ball back for Keatings to blast home from 12 yards and Paterson's ideal cross from the right was finished exquisitely by Sow in the 90th minute.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 4Wilson
  • 2Paterson
  • 3McHattie
  • 5Ozturk
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forKingat 63'minutes
  • 17Buaben
  • 6GomisBooked at 63mins
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forCarrickat 62'minutes
  • 20Sow
  • 9El HassnaouiSubstituted forKeatingsat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Holt
  • 12King
  • 13Hamilton
  • 18Carrick
  • 19Keatings
  • 30McGhee
  • 44Eckersley

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 5Fordyce
  • 3TalbotSubstituted forRobertsonat 31'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 2Sives
  • 7Jacobs
  • 19Glen
  • 18White
  • 6Jacobs
  • 11HippolyteBooked at 57minsSubstituted forMullenat 61'minutes
  • 8O'Brien
  • 27BurchillSubstituted forMcKennaat 62'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 9Ogleby
  • 10Robertson
  • 16Beaumont
  • 17McKenna
  • 20Mullen
  • 21Grant
  • 31Rutherford
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
14,848

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home23
Away7
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 5, Livingston 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 5, Livingston 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Callum Fordyce.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Heart of Midlothian 5, Livingston 0. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum Paterson with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Mullen (Livingston) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Heart of Midlothian 4, Livingston 0. James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Dale Carrick.

  8. Booking

    Michael McKenna (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Michael McKenna (Livingston).

  11. Post update

    Burton O'Brien (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dale Carrick (Heart of Midlothian).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan White (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Prince Buaben.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Darren Jamieson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jordan White (Livingston).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts76102241819
2Rangers64111661013
3Raith Rovers7412810-213
4Queen of Sth7322128411
5Dumbarton7223713-68
6Livingston7214811-37
7Falkirk7142610-47
8Alloa7214712-57
9Hibernian620479-26
10Cowdenbeath7115919-104
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