Scottish Championship
HeartsHeart of Midlothian1LivingstonLivingston0

Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Livingston

Jamie Walker's first-half goal was enough to give Scottish Championship leaders Hearts victory over Livingston and take them 20 points clear.

The midfielder scored at the second attempt after initially being denied by goalkeeper Darren Jamieson.

Jamieson had saved earlier efforts from Walker and James Keatings and Prince Buaben missed chances for Hearts.

Livi's Nejc Praprotnik was sent off for receiving a second booking with 16 minutes remaining.

Genero Zeefuik and substitute Billy King squandered good opportunities towards the end but it mattered little as Hearts extended their advantage over second-place Hibernian, who beat Rangers to move up the table on Friday evening.

Callum Fordyce had gone close to giving Livi the lead in the first half, his header from a corner hacked off the line, and they remain three points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5OzturkBooked at 55mins
  • 4Wilson
  • 44Eckersley
  • 17Buaben
  • 7Walker
  • 14Pallardo GonzalezBooked at 64mins
  • 21AndersonSubstituted forKingat 45'minutes
  • 23ZeefuikSubstituted forOliverat 90+1'minutes
  • 19KeatingsBooked at 16minsSubstituted forGomisat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gomis
  • 9El Hassnaoui
  • 11Nicholson
  • 12King
  • 15Gallacher
  • 16Oliver
  • 30McGhee

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 5Fordyce
  • 14Gallagher
  • 2Sives
  • 15PraprotnikBooked at 74mins
  • 7Jacobs
  • 8O'BrienSubstituted forGlenat 70'minutes
  • 20MullenSubstituted forBeaumontat 87'minutes
  • 6Jacobs
  • 18WhiteBooked at 55mins
  • 22SekajjaBooked at 47minsSubstituted forMcKennaat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Hippolyte
  • 12Walker
  • 16Beaumont
  • 17McKenna
  • 19Glen
  • 25Pittman
  • 31Rutherford
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
15,463

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Livingston 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Livingston 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  4. Post update

    Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jack Beaumont (Livingston).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gary Oliver replaces Género Zeefuik.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan White (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Género Zeefuik (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Jack Beaumont replaces Daniel Mullen because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) header from very close range misses to the right following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Craig Sives.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Mullen (Livingston).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Glen (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Michael McKenna replaces Ibra Sekajja.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Sives (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

  18. Post update

    Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Craig Sives.