Motherwell compounded a miserable week for Hearts with victory at Tynecastle.

The hosts, who parted with manager John McGlynn in midweek, fell two behind early on as Michael Higdon and a Dylan McGowan own goal put 'Well in command.

Hearts rallied in the second half and pulled one back through John Sutton's header just before the hour mark.

But the visitors were resolute and consigned the home side to a fifth straight defeat - a disappointing start for interim boss Gary Locke.

The Steelmen, who remain second in the Scottish Premier League are now three points clear of Inverness.

After slipping to second-bottom in the league the day before McGlynn's departure, the last thing Hearts needed was a sloppy start.

Indeed, it was worse than that as Stuart McCall's side netted twice in the opening eight minutes.

Higdon happened upon a loose ball after James McFadden had tried to force his way through a couple of challenges and the big striker rattled the ball past Jamie MacDonald from outside the box.

And then the unfortunate McGowan diverted over his own goal-line from Nicky Law's rebound effort, the midfielder's initial effort having been blocked by MacDonald.

John Sutton scores for Hearts against Motherwell

Sutton's headed goal gave Hearts hope

Facing such an uphill task, the hosts needed their experienced players to show some leadership and Mehdi Taouil tried to oblige with a curling shot wide.

Hearts' defensive vulnerabilities were exposed again when Higdon bustled through and rounded MacDonald but Andy Webster was well placed to clear the eventual cutback.

Michael Ngoo had looked lively for with a couple of headers for the home side and the on-loan Liverpool striker tested Darren Randolph with a superb shot on the turn, the Motherwell keeper reacting well to parry out for a corner.

The home side needed a break and an aggrieved McCall may feel they were given one in the build-up to the Sutton goal.

The Motherwell boss was unhappy his team were not awarded a throw-in before Arvydas Novikovas won and delivered the corner from which the former Fir Park favourite nodded home.

Hearts were galvanised and a scramble in the box ended with Ryan Stevenson's shot blocked by the legs of Randolph.

But that was as close as Locke's side came to a leveller as Motherwell made good use of possession to frustrate their hosts in the closing stages.

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93:28 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:53

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

90:00 +1:53

Header by John Sutton (Hearts) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

90:00 +1:32

Goal kick taken long by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

90:00 +1:03

Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

89:48

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

89:37

Attacking throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

88:04

Defending throw-in by Fraser Mullen (Hearts).

87:17

Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell). Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

86:29

Shot by Arvydas Novikovas (Hearts) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

85:41

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Arvydas Novikovas (Hearts) to centre, resulting in open play.

83:12

Shot by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

81:04

Michael Ngoo (Hearts) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play. Foul by Michael Ngoo (Hearts) on Stewart Carswell (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from right channel, resulting in open play.

79:38

Stewart Carswell (Motherwell) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.

78:35 Substitution

Substitution Motherwell substitution: James McFadden replaced by Stewart Carswell (tactical).

78:31

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

77:41

Shot by Billy King (Hearts) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell). Attacking throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts). Defending throw-in by Danny Wilson (Hearts).

77:12

Defending throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

76:53

Defending throw-in by Fraser Mullen (Hearts).

76:05 Substitution

Substitution Hearts substitution: Jamie Walker replaced by Billy King (tactical).

76:01

Defending throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

75:39

Attacking throw-in by Mehdi Taouil (Hearts).

75:13

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

73:16

Goal kick taken long by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

72:27

Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

72:27 Substitution

Substitution Motherwell substitution: Henrik Ojamaa replaced by Robert McHugh (tactical).

72:16

Foul by Jamie Walker (Hearts) on James McFadden (Motherwell).

71:53

Attacking throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

70:59

Shot by John Sutton (Hearts) left-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

69:23

Free kick taken right-footed by Arvydas Novikovas (Hearts) from left channel (30 yards), save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

69:23 Booking

Booking James McFadden (Motherwell) booked for dissent.

69:01

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) on John Sutton (Hearts).

68:54

Defending throw-in by Fraser Mullen (Hearts).

68:17

Goal kick taken long by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

67:46

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

66:48

Foul by Danny Wilson (Hearts) on Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell). Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Law (Motherwell) from right by-line, clearance by Andy Webster (Hearts).

66:32

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

65:39

Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

64:57

Defending throw-in by Fraser Mullen (Hearts).

64:29

Goal kick taken long by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

63:39

Shot by Andy Webster (Hearts) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell). Foul by Michael Ngoo (Hearts) on Adam Cummins (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Cummins (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

62:52

Shot by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) left-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (tipped round post) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Arvydas Novikovas (Hearts) to centre, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell). Attacking throw-in by Mehdi Taouil (Hearts).

62:42

Attacking throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

62:36

Defending throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

60:54

Foul by Mehdi Taouil (Hearts) on Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) from right channel, resulting in open play.

60:47

Defending throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

59:36

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) on Stevie Hammell (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

59:00

Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell) on Fraser Mullen (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Fraser Mullen (Hearts) from own half, passed.

58:09

Assist (cross) by Arvydas Novikovas (Hearts) from right by-line.

58:09 Goal scored

Goal! - John Sutton - Hearts 1 - 2 Motherwell headed goal by John Sutton (Hearts) (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Hearts 1-2 Motherwell.

57:48

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Arvydas Novikovas (Hearts) to centre,

57:37

Defending throw-in by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

56:40 Substitution

Substitution Motherwell substitution: Chris Humphrey replaced by Omar Daley (injury).

56:31

Attacking throw-in by James McFadden (Motherwell).

55:04

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) on Kevin McHattie (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Kevin McHattie (Hearts) from own half, passed.

54:37

Defending throw-in by Fraser Mullen (Hearts).

54:19

Defending throw-in by Fraser Mullen (Hearts).

52:33

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

51:23 Substitution

Substitution Hearts substitution: Dylan McGowan replaced by Fraser Mullen (injury).

49:06

Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell). Goal kick taken long by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts). Foul by Danny Wilson (Hearts) on Michael Higdon (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Nicky Law (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

48:31

Goal kick taken long by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

47:18 Booking

Booking Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) booked for unsporting behaviour.

46:16

Shot by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), shot by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell). Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell). Comfortable save (caught) by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

45:33

Shot by Michael Ngoo (Hearts) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

45:18

Michael Higdon (Motherwell) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Danny Wilson (Hearts) from own half, passed.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Hearts substitution: Callum Tapping replaced by Arvydas Novikovas (tactical).

45:00 +0:08 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:52

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

44:20

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

43:53

Attacking throw-in by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

43:14

Attacking throw-in by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

42:29

Header by Danny Wilson (Hearts) from centre of penalty area (18 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

42:02

Foul by Adam Cummins (Motherwell) on John Sutton (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Mehdi Taouil (Hearts) from right channel, resulting in open play.

41:45

Goal kick taken long by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

41:23

Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

41:00

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

40:18

Foul by Nicky Law (Motherwell) on Mehdi Taouil (Hearts). Free kick taken left-footed by Danny Wilson (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.

39:42

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

39:10

Foul by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) on Callum Tapping (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.

37:55

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Kevin McHattie (Hearts) to centre, header by Andy Webster (Hearts) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

37:08

Shot by Callum Tapping (Hearts) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

36:08

Shot by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

35:26

Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell) on Dylan McGowan (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Andy Webster (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.

33:44

Shot by Michael Ngoo (Hearts) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Jamie Walker (Hearts) to centre, save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell). Fantastic save (tipped round post) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell). Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play. Foul by John Sutton (Hearts) on Keith Lasley (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

33:17

Attacking throw-in by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

32:29

Defending throw-in by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

30:00

Foul by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) on Jamie Walker (Hearts). Free kick taken left-footed by Kevin McHattie (Hearts) from left wing, header by John Sutton (Hearts) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

29:39

Defending throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

28:58

Shot by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

28:10

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) on Michael Ngoo (Hearts). Free kick taken left-footed by Danny Wilson (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.

28:00

Defending throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

27:35

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

26:44

Shot by Jamie Walker (Hearts) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

26:02

Goal kick taken long by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

24:34

Shot by Callum Tapping (Hearts) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell). Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) on Michael Ngoo (Hearts). Free kick taken left-footed by Danny Wilson (Hearts) from own half, passed.

24:20

Attacking throw-in by Jamie Walker (Hearts).

23:56

Goal kick taken long by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

22:53

Attacking throw-in by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

21:55

Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

21:15

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

21:00

Defending throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

20:53

Attacking throw-in by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell).

20:14

Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

19:39

Foul by John Sutton (Hearts) on Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from right channel, resulting in open play.

19:16

Attacking throw-in by Jamie Walker (Hearts).

19:02

Defending throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

18:06

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

17:56

Defending throw-in by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

17:07

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

16:43

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

16:16

Defending throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

15:44

Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell) on Jamie Walker (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Mehdi Taouil (Hearts) from right wing, passed.

15:34

Attacking throw-in by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

15:19

Goal kick taken long by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

14:03

Shot by Mehdi Taouil (Hearts) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

13:20

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) on Ryan Stevenson (Hearts). Free kick crossed right-footed by Jamie Walker (Hearts) from left wing, clearance by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

13:11

Attacking throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

11:48

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jamie Walker (Hearts) to centre, clearance by Nicky Law (Motherwell). Foul by Andy Webster (Hearts) on Michael Higdon (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play. Foul by Michael Ngoo (Hearts) on Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) from own half, passed.

11:27

Attacking throw-in by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

7:55

Assist by Nicky Law (Motherwell) from centre of penalty area.

7:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Dylan McGowan - Hearts 0 - 2 Motherwell An own goal is conceded by Dylan McGowan. Hearts 0-2 Motherwell.

7:55

Nicky Law takes a shot.

7:32

Foul by John Sutton (Hearts) on Keith Lasley (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

7:15

Defending throw-in by Dylan McGowan (Hearts).

6:36

Defending throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

5:30

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

4:49

Goal kick taken long by Jamie MacDonald (Hearts).

4:08

Header by Michael Ngoo (Hearts) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

2:54

Assist (pass) by James McFadden (Motherwell) from left channel.

2:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Higdon - Hearts 0 - 1 Motherwell Goal by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (18 yards).Hearts 0-1 Motherwell.

1:51

Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

1:09

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

0:05

Defending throw-in by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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