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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Full Time

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

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

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.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

Substitution

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

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Craig McDowall.

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

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

Substitution

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

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

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

Foul by Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian).

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

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

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

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

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

Substitution

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Ryan McCord (Alloa Athletic).

Goal!

Goal! Alloa Athletic 1, Heart of Midlothian 3. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Ryan McCord (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

Goal!

Goal! Alloa Athletic 1, Heart of Midlothian 2. Greig Spence (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Docherty with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Calaum Jahraldo-Martin replaces Graeme Holmes.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Isaac Layne replaces Liam Buchanan.

Booking

Michael Doyle (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Michael Doyle (Alloa Athletic).

Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Graeme Holmes (Alloa Athletic).

Second Half

Second Half begins Alloa Athletic 0, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Heart of Midlothian 2.

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

Booking

Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts22183158144457
2Rangers20132542202241
3Hibernian23117545232240
4Queen of Sth22106640271336
5Falkirk239863432235
6Raith Rovers228592438-1429
7Dumbarton2365122654-2823
8Cowdenbeath2243151953-3415
9Alloa2235141735-1814
10Livingston2144132332-911
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