Scottish Championship
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Alloa Athletic 1-4 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts stretched their lead at the top of the Championship to 16 points with a convincing victory at Alloa.

Miguel Pallardo thumped in the opener from 25 yards after five minutes, with James Keatings arrowing home a fine finish soon after.

Greig Spence pulled one back for Alloa with a header on the hour.

But five minutes later Jamie Walker raced clear to beat keeper Craig McDowall, and Callum Paterson nodded in Billy King's late corner.

It was the perfect response to Hearts losing their unbeaten league record at home to Falkirk last weekend.

And the margin of victory could have been greater, with Keatings unlucky to see his first-half free-kick come back off the crossbar,

Line-ups

Alloa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21McDowall
  • 17DoyleBooked at 54mins
  • 4GordonBooked at 45mins
  • 14BenedictusBooked at 17mins
  • 5Meggatt
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forJahraldo-Martinat 60'minutes
  • 6Simmons
  • 8McCordBooked at 68mins
  • 3Docherty
  • 9Spence
  • 19BuchananSubstituted forLayneat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gibson
  • 2Tiffoney
  • 7Cawley
  • 15Marr
  • 18Hetherington
  • 26Layne
  • 27Jahraldo-Martin

Hearts

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4Wilson
  • 44Eckersley
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forKingat 84'minutes
  • 6Gomis
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 17Buaben
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forOliverat 89'minutes
  • 20SowSubstituted forZeefuikat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Nicholson
  • 12King
  • 15Gallacher
  • 16Oliver
  • 22McKay
  • 23Zeefuik
  • 30McGhee
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
2,592

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home6
Away21
Shots on Target
Home1
Away10
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Heart of Midlothian 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Heart of Midlothian 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Alloa Athletic 1, Heart of Midlothian 4. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Billy King with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gary Oliver replaces James Keatings.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Craig McDowall.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Billy King replaces Jamie Walker.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian).

  14. Post update

    Stephen Simmons (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Docherty (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Género Zeefuik replaces Osman Sow.

  20. Booking

    Ryan McCord (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

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