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Summary

  1. Hibs move to within a point of third-placed Aberdeen
  2. Maclaren hooked in second, after hitting bar
  3. Allan drilled low shot past McLaughlin for opener
  4. Hearts' Harry Cochrane forced off injured early

Live Reporting

By Andy Campbell

All times stated are UK

That's all for now, but...

We'll be back tomorrow with more live Scottish football coverage.

Two more local derbies are part of the Scottish Premiership fixture card so please join us then.

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Jamie Maclaren scores
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Jamie Maclaren's second goal for Hibs doubled their advantage against Hearts

Decision making let Hearts down - Levein

Hibernian 2-0 Hearts

Hearts manager Craig Levein: "I don't think there was an awful lot of difference. The goals, mainly. The frustration for me was they were easily avoidable - they both came from throw-ins.

"Poor decision making. Our effort was unquestionably there and the whole thing for me is just one of frustration because a lot of things that we did were good but we didn't get anything from the match."

Asked if he now regretted his 'natural order' comment, Levein replied: "Hibs played how I expected them to play. I expected us to do a little bit better on the ball. I thought we defended pretty well apart from those two situations I spoke about and I don't think that had any bearing on it at all.

"When we got into the last third, it certainly didn't affect our decision making, which was the problem going forward."

Craig Levein shouts instructions
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'These things can come back to bite you'

Hibernian 2-0 Hearts

Neil Lennon was also asked about the 'natural order' banner Hibs fans displayed late in the game - a reference to Hearts manager Craig Levein saying after his side won the last derby that the natural order had been restored.

"You know these things can come back to bite you," said Lennon. "We didn't pay much attention.

"If the natural order means being 12 points ahead with a game in hand, I will take that every time."

Craig Levein
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Lennon lauds 'magnificent' Hibs

Hibernian 2-0 Hearts

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon: "It was an outstanding derby.

"I thought we were magnificent. I thought at the end there was a gulf between the teams.

"When you're in the ascendancy you need to score and we scored a wonder goal [from Scott Allan].

"After that we really had the bit between the teeth. [Jamie] Maclaren scores a great second.

"Hearts made us play well. Credit it to them and credit to our team as well.

"We're looking up the table now. We're 12 clear of Hearts with a game in hand. We're a point off Aberdeen, which is pretty good going in our first season back [in the Premiership]."

Neil Lennon celebrates
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Jamie Maclaren and John McGinn
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Jamie Maclaren (left) fired Hibs' second goal to seal the three points

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Alan Stubbs

Former Hibs manager on BBC Sportsound

I don't think anyone can disagree that they were worthy winners in the end. When you say things beforehand, you have got to back them up. Hearts certainly haven't backed it up tonight. You can see from the response that Hibs have thrown it back down Craig [Levein's] throat.

FULL-TIME

Hibernian 2-0 Heart of Midlothian

Hibs beat Hearts for a second time in this season's Scottish Premiership and move to within a point of third-placed Aberdeen.

Hearts miss the opportunity to overtake Kilmarnock into fifth after second-half goals by Scott Allan and Jamie Maclaren consign them to defeat.

Scott Allan celebrates his goal
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Scott Allan (far left) celebrates his opening goal

Hibernian 2-0 Hearts

Christophe Berra fires wide in a late Hearts attack.

Hibernian 2-0 Hearts

Hearts manager Craig Levein commented after January's Scottish Cup win over Hibs that the "natural order" had been restored.

Now the Hibs fans display a banner saying guess what? Yes - "natural order".

ADDED TIME

Hibernian 2-0 Hearts

Four minutes of added time to be played.

CLOSE!

Hibernian 2-0 Hearts

Decent effort from Hearts' Anthony McDonald, the left-foot strike rising over the bar.

Hibernian 2-0 Hearts

Now both goalscorers are off as Steven Whittaker comes off the Hibs bench to replace Jamie Maclaren.

Hibernian 2-0 Hearts

Michael Stewart

Former Hibs & Hearts midfielder on BBC Sportsound

Maclaren never gave up. There were a couple of occasions where he looked as if he had lost possession, but he kept plugging away and eventually it fell for him. It was another calm, composed finish like the first goal - he almost passed it into the corner.

Hibernian 2-0 Hearts

Euan Henderson replaces Michael Smith for Hearts.

GOAL Hibernian 2-0 Hearts

Jamie Maclaren

Jamie Maclaren's perseverance pays off as he receives the ball in the box and holds off Hearts defenders to get away a shot that rolls past goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

It's the Australian forward's second goal for the Easter Road club.

Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has to act quickly after a risky passback from Joaquim Adao almost lets Jamie Maclaren in.

Allan off, Bartley on

Hibernian 1-0 Hearts

Goalscorer Scott Allan comes off to be replaced by Marvin Bartley, who reaches a century of Hibs appearances.

Hibernian 1-0 Hearts

Scott Allan scores
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Scott Allan's strike gave Hibs the lead

Hibernian 1-0 Hearts

Alan Stubbs

Former Hibs manager on BBC Sportsound

Hearts are certainly rocking at the moment. This a really important period now for them to try to get a second. Hibs are certainly turning the screw and really taking the game to Hearts, who just have to try to stay in the game.

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

Hearts break well from a Hibs attack and Michael Smith plays Steven Naismith in but the Scotland forward cannot quite get a shot away as he is closed down by Efe Ambrose.

Moments later, Naismith's shot is deflected wide.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

What a hit from Jamie Maclaren.

The Hibs forward latches on to a superb long ball from John McGinn, takes it down and smacks a shot off the crossbar via a slight touch from goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

Hibernian 1-0 Hearts

Alan Stubbs

Former Hibs manager on BBC Sportsound

That is the bit of quality that the game has been missing. It is a great little first touch from Scott and his technique, in terms of the timing, was so sweet. Jon McLaughlin was rooted to the spot because I think it took him by surprise. It is just what the game really needed.

CLOSE!

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Hibs are in command now.

Scott Allan drives at the Hearts defence and feeds Jamie Maclaren, whose low cross is flicked wide by Florian Kamberi.

GOAL Hibernian 1-0 Hearts

Scott Allan

The deadlock is broken just before the hour mark.

Hibs mount an attack on the left and Paul Hanlon clips the ball back for Scott Allan, who takes a lovely touch and drives low into the far corner from outside the box.

It's Allan's first goal since returning to Hibs in January and his second overall this season.

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

It's getting a bit frantic and forced at Easter Road. Neither side seems capable of stringing enough passes together to form a cohesive attack.

Pull the other one

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

Kyle Lafferty fouls Darren McGregor by grabbing hold of the Hibs defender's leg.

YELLOW CARD

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

The yellow card finally comes out after Hearts' Michael Smith takes down John McGinn.

KICK-OFF

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

Back under way at Easter Road with Hearts starting the second half.

There have only been two goals in Edinburgh derbies this season. Will there be one tonight?

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Alan Stubbs

Former Hibs manager on BBC Sportsound

If I was Neil Lennon, I would be asking Scott Allan to try to drag Adao out of position. Scott has sometimes clogged that area up and it has made it difficult for the other Hibs midfielders to link up with their front men.

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Michael Stewart

Former Hibs & Hearts midfielder on BBC Sportsound

The goalkeepers have not been tested greatly but on balance, Hibs have just got the upper hand. They have had 57% possession, which gives you an illustration of how the game has gone. It is fairly evenly poised though. Hibs haven't tested Jon McLaughlin to any great extent, and they have looked a bit disjointed on a few occasions when they have tried to win the ball back early, and Hearts have countered them. There is enough in that first half for Craig Levein to be quite happy with.

McTominay set for Scotland debut

Scott McTominay will feature in one of Scotland's March friendlies, national boss Alex McLeish has confirmed.

The English-born Manchester United midfielder, 21, pledged his international future to Scotland last week, following talks with McLeish.

McTominay qualifies to represent Scotland through his father.

"The chat was good; I looked into his eyes and felt he really wanted to play for Scotland," McLeish told BBC Radio Scotland.

"Although he has to play a bona fide competitive match before he would be fully registered as a true Scot, I feel he's already that.

"If he plays in one of the friendly games - which he's sure to do unless he gets injured - hopefully Scott will pledge his allegiance, and I think he already has."

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Scott McTominay in action for Manchester United
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McTominay has pledged his international future to Scotland

'We will miss Scott Brown' - McLeish

Scotland boss Alex McLeish admits the national team will miss the services of captain Scott Brown, who has retired from international football for the second time.

The Celtic skipper, 32, stepped down last month, citing the need to "look after my own body", and 59-year-old McLeish could not persuade him to remain available.

"It was on the cards," McLeish said. "I totally respect Scott for what he's done. It would've been nice to have had him continue with the tactical nous he has and the way he's really improved as a footballer.

"You can't beat experience and we will miss Scott but hopefully we'll find a replacement.

"I really felt that his mind was made up - it didn't matter who was in the job.

"He says he's feeling it in his body now, and I think he's getting to that stage of his career where he wants to give everything to his club."

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Alex McLeish and Scott Brown
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Brown played under McLeish during his first spell as Scotland boss in 2007

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

Michael Stewart

Former Hibs & Hearts midfielder on BBC Sportsound

That is very fortunate. It could easily have dropped for a Hearts player. That is why defenders often ignore the shout from their goalkeeper. He leaves it, and the keeper is so tight to him, he can't react.

HALF-TIME

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

A first half fairly bereft of clear cut chances but Hibs probably have the upper hand.

Hearts have not been too affected by the early loss of Harry Cochrane and seem to be content to hit on the break.

Steven Naismith and John McGinn
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Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

A mix-up between Darren McGregor and goalkeeper Ofir Marciano causes momentary panic in the Hibs defence but they recover before Hearts can capitalise.

Hibernian v Hearts (19:45)

A bit of pressure from Hibs from a free-kick and Martin Boyle's strike is blocked with Hearts eventually clearing.

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

Hearts' Marcus Godinho clatters into Lewis Stevenson but referee Bobby Madden shows leniency and keeps his cards in his pocket.

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

Alan Stubbs

Former Hibs manager on BBC Sportsound

Martin Boyle has been central to everything good Hibs have done in the opening 30 minutes. He has certainly come onto his game. Hibs have probably had the upper hand but Hearts look a real threat on the counter.

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

Martin Boyle drives at the Hearts defence and fires low into the hands of goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

Boyle may have been better playing in a team-mate there.

Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

Florian Kamberi and Christophe Berra
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Florian Kamberi is closed down by Christophe Berra during the first half
Harry Cochrane
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Hearts' Harry Cochrane lasted only 15 minutes before going off injured