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Heart of Midlothian 2-0 Aberdeen

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Highlights: Heart of Midlothian 2-0 Aberdeen

Hearts produced an impressive display to power past Aberdeen and extend their unbeaten run at Tynecastle to 14 games.

Steven Naismith slid home the 18th-minute opener after being set up by David Milinkovic.

A slack Anthony O'Connor pass allowed fit-again Milinkovic to net Hearts' second just two minutes later.

Kyle Lafferty came closest to finding the net after the break as Aberdeen fell behind Rangers into third place in the Scottish Premiership.

The win was Hearts' first over the Dons in seven matches.

With the home side in top-six no man's land, there was little more than pride at stake, but they welcomed an Aberdeen outfit ready to make the final push in the fight for second.

As both previous encounters this season ended scoreless, few of the 18,056 inside Tynecastle would have expected a goal-fest. But inside the first 10 minutes, Lafferty blasted over the bar and Andrew Considine watched his flicked header bounce off the post. The signs were there that this one could be different.

In the early stages, Aberdeen looked to be edging the battle for possession in a tight midfield before Hearts blasted in two goals in two minutes to completely change the complexion of the match.

Naismith curled in his third of the season after collecting a neat pass from Milinkovic just inside the box. It was a fine strike but the Dons defence should have done better.

David Milinkovic scores for Hearts
David Milinkovic fired the ball past Joe Lewis just two minutes after Hearts' opening goal

And so it was again when Milinkovic pounced after O'Connor meekly surrendered possession, and his colleagues failed to properly clear a Lafferty strike. The winger, back from injury, saw his shot deflected, but it had just enough power to find the net.

In the Aberdeen dug-out, a frustrated Derek McInnes looked skyward for answers as to why his game plan had been torn up after just 20 minutes.

Craig Levein's men could have been forgiven for digging in to await the Dons onslaught, but neither of those things really transpired and it was the home side who continued to look the more dangerous until the interval.

Aberdeen brought on Kari Arnason at the break and pushed Kenny McLean further forward, but Hearts continued to frustrate them. They looked faster to the loose balls and moved across the pitch as a well-drilled unit determined not to buckle.

Just after the hour, Lafferty almost made it three after skipping down the left and unleashing an excellent effort that Lewis scrambled to tip over.

Substitute Adam Rooney hit the post late on as Aberdeen tried desperately to find a way back, but in truth, the contest had long since got away from them.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Souttar
  • 5Hughes
  • 6Berra
  • 16Randall
  • 15CowieSubstituted forCochraneat 89'minutes
  • 2Smith
  • 28Godinho
  • 14NaismithBooked at 26mins
  • 11MilinkovicSubstituted forAmankwaaat 71'minutes
  • 9Lafferty

Substitutes

  • 7Amankwaa
  • 13Hamilton
  • 20Callachan
  • 43Henderson
  • 46McDonald
  • 47Cochrane
  • 48Hamilton

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5O'Connor
  • 19McKenna
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 36mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 17McGinnSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 61'minutes
  • 22ChristieBooked at 63minsSubstituted forRooneyat 71'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 8StewartSubstituted forArnasonat 45'minutes
  • 83May

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 9Rooney
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 14Arnason
  • 15Wright
  • 18Ball
  • 30Woodman
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
18,056

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Aberdeen 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Aberdeen 0.

Attempt blocked. Danny Amankwaa (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen).

Aaron Hughes (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kári Arnason (Aberdeen).

Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Harry Cochrane replaces Don Cowie.

Foul by Scott McKenna (Aberdeen).

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

Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Stevie May (Aberdeen).

John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Scott McKenna (Aberdeen).

Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Adam Rooney replaces Ryan Christie.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Danny Amankwaa replaces Manuel Milinkovic because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay in match Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian) because of an injury.

Booking

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Aberdeen).

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian).

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Niall McGinn.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

Attempt saved. Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

Foul by Manuel Milinkovic (Heart of Midlothian).

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Heart of Midlothian 2, Aberdeen 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Kári Arnason replaces Greg Stewart.

Half Time

First Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Aberdeen 0.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian).

Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32219262204272
2Rangers33195967382962
3Aberdeen33195950361462
4Hibernian331611649351459
5Kilmarnock32141084338552
6Hearts33111393530546
7Motherwell33108153643-738
8St Johnstone33108153247-1538
9Hamilton3186174156-1530
10Dundee3386193153-2230
11Ross County3368193857-1926
12Partick Thistle3367202657-3125
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