Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

Scottish Championship leaders Hearts stretched their advantage over Rangers to six points with victory against Falkirk.

Kevin McHattie finished superbly for Hearts' opener after being found at the end of Billy King's skilful run.

Soufian El Hassnaoui converted Jamie Walker's low cross to double the visitors' lead.

Botti Bia Bi's turn and shot reduced the Bairns' deficit but Peter Houston's side could not find a leveller.

Hearts fans travelling to the Falkirk Stadium had been buoyed by the news that second-placed Rangers were held to a draw by Alloa Athletic earlier on Saturday.

El Hassnaoui and Prince Buaben had early shots for Hearts before King's driving run stretched the Bairns defence and McHattie turned well before lifting his shot into Jamie MacDonald's top-right hand corner.

Robbie Neilson's side were not content to sit on their lead and Walker's guile and vision led to El Hassnaoui sliding in to apply a simple finish.

David Smith and Will Vaulks shot wide as Falkirk rallied, while David McCracken headed straight at Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander after half-time.

The hosts' endeavours were rewarded when Peter Grant's replacement, Bia Bi, spun in the box to send a low shot across Alexander and into the net.

Falkirk almost found an equaliser in the final minute when Joe Shaughnessy fired over from close range following a free-kick.

Soufian El Hassnaoui scores for Hearts against Falkirk
El Hassnaoui finishes off good work by Walker to double Hearts' lead

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1MacDonald
  • 3ShaughnessyBooked at 66mins
  • 5McCracken
  • 14GrantSubstituted forBia Biat 50'minutes
  • 19LeahyBooked at 42mins
  • 6VaulksBooked at 78mins
  • 9SmithSubstituted forCooperat 49'minutes
  • 8AlstonBooked at 59mins
  • 7TaiwoSubstituted forShepherdat 84'minutes
  • 10Sibbald
  • 33Loy

Substitutes

  • 2Duffie
  • 12Bowman
  • 16Grant
  • 17Maybury
  • 20Cooper
  • 23Shepherd
  • 28Bia Bi

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 30McGhee
  • 22McKayBooked at 89mins
  • 5OzturkBooked at 42mins
  • 3McHattie
  • 12King
  • 17BuabenSubstituted forKeatingsat 68'minutes
  • 6GomisBooked at 62mins
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 9El HassnaouiSubstituted forHoltat 76'minutes
  • 7Walker

Substitutes

  • 8Robinson
  • 10Holt
  • 11Nicholson
  • 13Hamilton
  • 19Keatings
  • 28Buchanan
  • 34McKirdy
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
7,003

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (Falkirk) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high following a set piece situation.

Booking

Brad McKay (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Botti Bia Bi (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brad McKay (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Will Vaulks (Falkirk).

Kevin McHattie (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Scott Shepherd replaces Tom Taiwo.

Botti Bia Bi (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Heart of Midlothian).

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

Booking

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian).

Luke Leahy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jason Holt replaces Soufian El Hassnaoui.

Blair Alston (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Alex Cooper (Falkirk).

Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 1, Heart of Midlothian 2. Botti Bia Bi (Falkirk) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Blair Alston.

Foul by Rory Loy (Falkirk).

Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. James Keatings replaces Prince Buaben.

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

Attempt blocked. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Joe Shaughnessy (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (Falkirk).

Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Falkirk).

Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. David McCracken (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Joe Shaughnessy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Brad McKay.

Booking

Blair Alston (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts1311203572835
2Rangers1392235112429
3Queen of Sth136432416822
4Hibernian135441813519
5Raith Rovers135351624-818
6Falkirk133551520-514
7Dumbarton133461025-1513
8Alloa133371320-712
9Livingston132381121-109
10Cowdenbeath132291434-208
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