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Hamilton Academical 0-3 Heart of Midlothian

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Highlights: Hamilton Academical 0-3 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts extended their unbeaten run to 11 games with a comfortable victory over Hamilton.

The visitors opened the scoring when Ross Callachan converted Steven Naismith's cross after the break.

David Milinkovic extended the lead after beating the offside trap to run through on goal.

Substitute Dario Zanatta rounded off the win with a finish from Milinkovic's cross, after Hamilton defender Scott McMann dawdled on the ball.

Hearts attacker Dario Zanatta celebrates scoring against Hamilton
Hearts substitute Dario Zanatta celebrates scoring his side's third goal

The victory also extended Hearts' run of not conceding a goal to 741 minutes, with Hamilton having been the last team to score against them, at the beginning of December.

For long spells, most interest came pre-match, with confirmation of Hamilton midfielder Greg Docherty's move to Rangers and the introduction of new signing Marios Ogboe straight into the home side's starting line up.

Hearts manager Craig Levein made four changes to the team that overcame Hibernian in the Scottish Cup, a decision influenced by the surface and fixture schedule.

Midfielder Danny Redmond was first to threaten for the home side, when he found space on the edge of the box, but his low shot was saved comfortably by Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

Hamilton defender Alex Gogic against Hearts
Hamilton defender Alex Gogic was robbed of possession for the opening goal

Hamilton attacker David Templeton dragged another shot narrowly wide from further out, before volleying from an angle but again McLaughlin was well placed.

Hearts didn't have a direct shot on target in the first half, perhaps struggling with the slippery artificial surface which seemed to hamper both sides. Things livened up a little in the second half with Hearts left back Demetri Mitchell alert to clear a dangerous low cross.

The visitors responded when Lewis Moore escaped down the left - although there was a question of offside - before the ball fell for Mitchell, who saw his shot headed away.

Moore then bundled into the box before crashing to the ground, but referee Nick Walsh was unmoved.

Hamilton midfielder Greg Docherty and defender Mikey Devlin
Hamilton midfielder Greg Docherty and defender Mikey Devlin are on the verge of leaving the club

Hamilton also claimed for a penalty when Ogboe chased a ball in the penalty area, appeared to get there before McLaughlin and then fell to the ground, but it was again waived away.

The decisive passage of play began with another defensive howler for the home side, following Scott McMann's horror own goal last weekend.

This time it was Alex Gogic, who tried to play out from near his own byline and cheaply lost possession. Naismith teed it across goal for Callachan, who gleefully tapped home with no-one near him.

It quickly got worse. Substitute Milinkovic beat the offside trap with the defence ball watching. He took a good touch, ran in on goal and coolly slotted home.

A third defensive blunder from McMann allowed Milinkovic to dink the ball to the back post, where Zanatta slammed home.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 13GogicBooked at 54mins
  • 5Tomas
  • 3McMann
  • 22Lyon
  • 25Ferguson
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 10RedmondSubstituted forRojanoat 72'minutes
  • 7Imrie
  • 16Templeton
  • 99Ogboe

Substitutes

  • 12Fulton
  • 20Rojano
  • 23Hughes
  • 24Tierney
  • 27Want
  • 28Cunningham
  • 35Kozoronis

Hearts

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 16Randall
  • 6Berra
  • 4Souttar
  • 24Mitchell
  • 15CowieSubstituted forZanattaat 84'minutes
  • 41Irving
  • 47CochraneSubstituted forSutchuin-Djoumat 45'minutesBooked at 47mins
  • 20CallachanBooked at 30mins
  • 14NaismithBooked at 82mins
  • 33MooreSubstituted forMilinkovicat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 5Hughes
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 11Milinkovic
  • 13Hamilton
  • 26Zanatta
  • 46McDonald
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
2,077

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Heart of Midlothian 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Heart of Midlothian 3.

Foul by Connor Randall (Heart of Midlothian).

Lewis Ferguson (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Demetri Mitchell.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 0, Heart of Midlothian 3. Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Manuel Milinkovic.

Foul by Ross Callachan (Heart of Midlothian).

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Dario Zanatta replaces Don Cowie.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Steven Naismith.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Demetri Mitchell.

Booking

Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range is too high following a corner.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Manuel Milinkovic (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Demetri Mitchell.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 0, Heart of Midlothian 2. Manuel Milinkovic (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Irving.

Foul by Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Antonio Rojano replaces Daniel Redmond.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian).

Xavier Tomas (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Alexander Gogic.

Connor Randall (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Templeton (Hamilton Academical).

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 0, Heart of Midlothian 1. Ross Callachan (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

Attempt blocked. David Templeton (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Demetri Mitchell (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Manuel Milinkovic replaces Lewis Moore.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Don Cowie.

Attempt blocked. Marios Ogboe (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic23166150163454
2Rangers23134643251843
3Aberdeen2313463326743
4Hibernian2310853227538
5Hearts238962419533
6Motherwell2283112832-427
7Kilmarnock216872528-326
8St Johnstone217592130-926
9Hamilton2265113037-723
10Dundee2364132333-1022
11Partick Thistle2355132039-1920
12Ross County2345142138-1717
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