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Scottish Premiership: Heart of Midlothian 2-0 Inverness CT

Jamie Walker fires Hearts into the lead
Jamie Walker opened the scoring for Hearts

Hearts moved to within six points of second placed Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership with a comfortable win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Jamie Walker put the home side ahead as he burst into the penalty box, shook off his markers and rounded goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams.

Abiola Dauda doubled the advantage after the break when he pounced on a poor Greg Tansey pass back.

It was Hearts' first win over Caley Thistle in 12 meetings since 2011.

Hearts had given 19-year-old Liam Smith his first league start after the news that right-back Callum Paterson would be out for about a month with a shoulder injury.

The home side started brightly, but Jordan Roberts connected with a Danny Williams cross at the other end, only to head straight at the feet of Neil Alexander in the Hearts goal.

Roberts created another opportunity when he got the better of Igor Rossi on the left but fired his effort wide of goal.

Hearts began to dominate the midfield area, with Arnaud Djoum and Prince Buaben looking to play in wingers Sam Nicholson and Walker at every opportunity.

Smith came close to what would have been a stunning opener, the teenager's sublime first touch taking him inside before he fired a left-foot shot just over the crossbar.

Hearts' Abiola Dauda rounds goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams
Abiola Dauda rounded goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams for Hearts' second goal

The breakthrough came 10 minutes before the break when Alim Ozturk played in Walker, who drifted in from the left and, despite the attentions of three Caley Thistle defenders, eased his way into the box before slotting the ball into the right-hand corner of the goal.

Hearts almost doubled their advantage before the break when Rossi's effort from 20 yards was just wide of the target.

The home side began the second half strongly and Dauda had already fired straight at goalkeeper Fon Williams before they went further ahead.

Tansey was only a few yards inside his own half as he tried a pass back to Fon Williams, but it was terribly short and Dauda raced past the stranded goalkeeper before rolling the ball into the empty net.

Caley Thistle tried to push more men forward, but that left the defence exposed and Dauda looked certain to score again, but his effort was weak.

The visitors came close to pulling one back when Iain Vigurs' 18-yard strike was pushed away by Alexander's low dive.

Caley Thistle did find the back of the net in stoppage time, when substitute Liam Hughes rounded Alexander to score, but the flag was up for offside.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 28Smith
  • 5Ozturk
  • 24Souttar
  • 18RossiSubstituted forMcGheeat 80'minutes
  • 11Nicholson
  • 8Buaben
  • 16Sutchuin-DjoumBooked at 55mins
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forZanattaat 67'minutes
  • 20Reilly
  • 25DaudaSubstituted forCowieat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Augustyn
  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 19Delgado Lloria
  • 21Cowie
  • 22McGhee
  • 44Zanatta

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 17HornerSubstituted forHughesat 83'minutes
  • 5Warren
  • 14Devine
  • 3Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 16Tansey
  • 27VigursBooked at 59mins
  • 19Williams
  • 39Storey
  • 11RobertsBooked at 54minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 7Williams
  • 21Hughes
  • 34Brown
  • 38MacLennan
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
15,767

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Inverness CT 0.

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian).

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Liam Smith (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Hughes (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Liam Hughes replaces Lewis Horner.

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

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jordan McGhee replaces Igor Rossi because of an injury.

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

Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

Attempt saved. Miles Storey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Don Cowie replaces Abiola Dauda.

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

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt blocked. Ryan Williams (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

Ryan Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Williams replaces Jordan Roberts.

Attempt saved. Abiola Dauda (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Jordan Roberts (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Horner (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Dario Zanatta replaces Jamie Walker.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

Attempt blocked. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

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

Attempt blocked. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic27195370224862
2Aberdeen27175546301656
3Hearts27148549262350
4Ross County29123144446-239
5St Johnstone27106114244-236
6Dundee2781184042-235
7Inverness CT2789103439-533
8Motherwell2895143344-1132
9Partick Thistle2587102531-631
10Hamilton2879123248-1630
11Kilmarnock2977152951-2228
12Dundee Utd2755172950-2120
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