Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Hearts 5-0 Airdrieonians: Daniel Stendel claims first win

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Highlights: Hearts 5-0 Airdrieonians

Daniel Stendel earned his first win as Hearts manager as his side comfortably beat League One Airdrieonians in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

The result is a first win in 10 games for the Edinburgh club and earns them a place in Sunday's last-16 draw.

Andy Irving opened the scoring in the first half before goals by Sean Clare and Steven Naismith eased any fears.

Euan Henderson netted his first for the club, before Craig Halkett added a late fifth to wrap up the win.

Stendel's selection contained plenty of young faces and his side took the game to their lower-league visitors from the whistle.

A midfield crammed full of the exuberant hope of youth was guided by an experienced front line and after just seven minutes the new manager's tactics seemed to be working like clockwork.

From a corner, Irving and Naismith combined before the 19-year-old midfielder shimmied inside his marker and confidently curled the ball inside the back post.

Hearts looked determined to play at a quick tempo but injuries to Aaron Hickey and Michael Smith broke up an opening half that Hearts dominated without ever really running away with.

A 1-0 interval lead could have caused some nervousness in Stendel's struggling side, but they began the second half as they had started the first and within 13 minutes had put the game to bed.

Naismith had a goal disallowed for offside just before Clare doubled the lead. Ben Garuccio's cross was headed out but only to the Englishman, who volleyed into the far corner.

Hearts could now smell blood. Naismith added a third four minutes later, gleefully converting after Henderson's darting run and cross.

Airdrie looked battered and Hearts continued with wave after wave of attack as they attempted to exorcise a few demons at Tynecastle.

Naismith returned the favour for Henderson with a similar dart and delivery allowing the teenager to score his first Hearts goal.

And one last moment of joy was to be had when Halkett tapped home a corner without a marker in sight.

Daniel Stendel

Hearts manager Daniel Stendel: "It was what we expected of our performance. It was good and we had even more chances.

"For us it was important to get that experience after a period of time without winning a game. It will give us a lift for the next game against Ross County."

Airdrieonians manager Ian Murray: "I don't think we deserved to lose by five goals. I'm not saying Hearts didn't deserve to win, because when you win by five you generally do, but I felt five was harsh on the players.

"They worked tirelessly for themselves. So we'll take it on the chin and move on."

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 23Castro Pereira
  • 8Clare
  • 26Halkett
  • 4Souttar
  • 51HickeySubstituted forGaruccioat 27'minutes
  • 27Moore
  • 2SmithSubstituted forBozanicat 41'minutes
  • 40Irving
  • 41Henderson
  • 9Washington
  • 14NaismithSubstituted forWalkerat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Zlamal
  • 7Bozanic
  • 10Walker
  • 17Garuccio
  • 18MacLean
  • 22Damour
  • 28Dikamona

Airdrieonians

  • 1Hutton
  • 12McKay
  • 5Crighton
  • 6Fordyce
  • 2MacDonaldSubstituted forWedderburnat 63'minutes
  • 18Millar
  • 4Kerr
  • 19McCann
  • 17Smith
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forRoyat 74'minutes
  • 15CarrickSubstituted forThomsonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Thomson
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 10Hawkshaw
  • 11Roy
  • 14Roberts
  • 20Gallacher
  • 25Pyott
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
14,777

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamAirdrieonians
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home12
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 5, Airdrieonians 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 5, Airdrieonians 0.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 5, Airdrieonians 0. Craig Halkett (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Irving with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Craig Thomson.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Josh Kerr.

Foul by Andrew Irving (Heart of Midlothian).

Alistair Roy (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Andrew Irving (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Millar (Airdrieonians).

Foul by Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian).

Callum Smith (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Nat Wedderburn.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Paul McKay.

Attempt saved. Andrew Irving (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jamie Walker replaces Steven Naismith.

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

Foul by Callum Fordyce (Airdrieonians).

Attempt saved. Sean Crighton (Airdrieonians) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Airdrieonians. Conceded by Craig Halkett.

Substitution

Substitution, Airdrieonians. Alistair Roy replaces Calum Gallagher.

Ben Garuccio (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Smith (Airdrieonians).

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 4, Airdrieonians 0. Euan Henderson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Naismith with a cross.

Attempt saved. Lewis Moore (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Craig Thomson (Airdrieonians) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Airdrieonians. Craig Thomson replaces Dale Carrick.

Euan Henderson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nat Wedderburn (Airdrieonians).

Corner, Airdrieonians. Conceded by Joel Pereira.

Substitution

Substitution, Airdrieonians. Nat Wedderburn replaces Kyle MacDonald.

Foul by Craig Halkett (Heart of Midlothian).

Calum Gallagher (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Ben Garuccio (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 3, Airdrieonians 0. Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Euan Henderson with a cross.

Attempt missed. Callum Smith (Airdrieonians) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Oliver Bozanic (Heart of Midlothian).

Dale Carrick (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Airdrieonians 0. Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

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