Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 0-3 Heart of Midlothian

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at SuperSeal Stadium

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

Formation 3-5-2

  • 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

Formation 3-5-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Connor Randall (Heart of Midlothian).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Demetri Mitchell.

  6. 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.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ross Callachan (Heart of Midlothian).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Steven Naismith.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Demetri Mitchell.

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical).

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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