Scottish Championship
HeartsHeart of Midlothian3AlloaAlloa Athletic0

Hearts 3-0 Alloa Athletic: Three first-half goals eases Robbie Neilson's side to win

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tynecastle
Liam Boyce hit the crossbar with his second attempt from the spot
Liam Boyce hit the crossbar with his second attempt from the spot

Hearts moved to within a point of the Scottish Championship summit after a convincing victory over bottom club Alloa Athletic at Tynecastle.

First-half goals by Michael Smith, Andy Halliday and Peter Haring had Hearts in control against the part-timers.

And although Liam Boyce twice missed a penalty - after being permitted a retake for encroachment by goalkeeper Neil Parry - Hearts cruised to a win.

They still trail Dunfermline Athletic with both having played five games.

Alloa were better after their first-half woes, but still rarely threatened Craig Gordon in the home goal.

They will, however, have the chance for revenge on Saturday when they meet at the Indodrill in the last-16 of the League Cup.

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson: "We tried to go and press them. Alloa are a very good footballing team and we managed to nick it a few times and could maybe have scored a few more. I think we passed the ball better on Friday (2-1 loss at Dunfermline) but we didn't press the game as well as we did tonight. It's about getting both sides right.

"Saturday will be a completely different game, on a different surface. It's always tough there."

Alloa Athletic manager Peter Grant: "I sound like a broken record; the goals we have conceded this season have been really poor. You have to make the opposition work for their goals and we didn't. I have to give the boys credit for the second half because it's easy to go under when you come to a place like this."

Line-ups

Hearts

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gordon
  • 2SmithSubstituted forPopescuat 64'minutes
  • 26Halkett
  • 6Berra
  • 21Kingsley
  • 5Haring
  • 16HallidaySubstituted forLeeat 72'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 7Walker
  • 14Naismith
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forWhiteat 59'minutes
  • 10Boyce

Substitutes

  • 3White
  • 8Lee
  • 13Stewart
  • 15Wighton
  • 28Popescu
  • 31Henderson
  • 36McGill

Alloa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Parry
  • 8RobertsonBooked at 71minsSubstituted forat 89'minutes
  • 2TaggartBooked at 71mins
  • 5GrahamBooked at 34mins
  • 3Dick
  • 7CawleyBooked at 69minsSubstituted forScougallat 72'minutes
  • 22GrantBooked at 89mins
  • 23MurraySubstituted forConnellyat 81'minutes
  • 6Hetherington
  • 10Trouten
  • 19ThomsonSubstituted forBuchananat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Buchanan
  • 12Scougall
  • 14Brown
  • 15Jamieson
  • 17Connelly
  • 24Williamson
  • 31Willison
Referee:
Grant Irvine

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home15
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away24

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 3, Alloa Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 3, Alloa Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Jon Robertson went off injured after Alloa Athletic had used all subs.

  4. Booking

    Ray Grant (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Olly Lee (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ray Grant (Alloa Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Olly Lee.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Lee Connelly replaces Innes Murray.

  12. Booking

    Olly Lee (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Olly Lee (Heart of Midlothian).

  14. Post update

    Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Innes Murray.

  16. Post update

    Aidan White (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ray Grant (Alloa Athletic).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dunfermline5410125713
2Hearts5401135812
3Raith Rovers5311145910
4Ayr52217528
5Inverness CT52128717
6Morton521248-47
7Dundee5122712-55
8Queen of Sth5113811-34
9Arbroath502328-62
10Alloa5014413-91
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