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Live Reporting

By Jamie Lyall

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for tonight

    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    So, two penalties, three goals, a goalmouth stramash and a wee scrap breaking out - all in all, a fine night of Scottish League Cup action.

    Hearts are the first team to book their place in the quarter-finals after a pretty assured display in Lanarkshire. Lots of impressive performances - and a win on the road without Steven Naismith or Uche Ikpeazu. Plenty to be encouraged about for Craig Levein and the fans heading back to Edinburgh after this deserved victory.

    For Motherwell, a bit of a damp squib. Not enough guile, not enough ruthlessness, not enough creativity.

    We'll be back tomorrow with five more last-16 ties from 14:00 - join us then, and enjoy your Friday night.

    Hearts players Aidy White and Craig Halkett celebrate winning
  2. Motherwell need 'more going forward'

    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    James McFadden

    Former Scotland forward on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: Motherwell are missing a £3m player in David Turnbull. If you look at last season, Motherwell have replaced Gboly Ariyibi and Jake Hastie with like-for-like wingers. They have three box-to-box, industrious midfielders. But there's no-one who will get in the hole where a number 10 would be, off the strikers. They need someone who will create. They've got to have more going forward.
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    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Fans, and not just those of a maroon persuasion, were impressed with 17-year-old left-back Aaron Hickey tonight.

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  4. 'I don't know where Saturday's performance came from'

    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Hearts manager Craig Levein is at a loss to explain Saturday's insipid home draw with Ross County, and reckons tonight's showing is a better reflection of his team's quality.

    He told BBC Scotland: "I really don't know where that performance came from on Saturday. Everyone was off it. But what it did do was let me have a go at them and say, 'That can't happen again'. I think they were slightly embarrassed in all honesty. I'm full of praise for the way they handled themselves today.

    "The pleasing thing is the 2-1 didn't flatter us. I felt we restricted Motherwell to very few opportunities. We were solid, Aaron Hickey was outstanding. It makes a difference.

    "I always know when we're lacking confidence because we resort to the safe ball all the time and we didn't do that tonight.

    "I looked at the bench tonight and saw the quality, and thought, 'We can alter the course of the match by going to the bench'. It makes the first XI think they need to be at their best to stay in the team. So we do have a strong squad."

    Motherwell's Declan Gallagher is dejected after the first goal
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    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Scott Mullen

    BBC Scotland

    The best team won on the night, of that there is no doubt. Perhaps Hearts' early-season troubles are now in perspective. Aberdeen away is a difficult place to go, Ross County are no mugs. For some, the jury may still be out.

    The same can be said for Motherwell. New boys Hylton and Seedorf look shadows of the free-flowing wingers that lit up the group stage. The latter looks bereft of belief while trying to take a man on. With the window still open, will Robinson go back in again?

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    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    The former Sheffield United striker added of Scottish Premiership football: "I knew it would be high intensity watching it but I've been surprised by the quality to be honest. The intensity is high but we've got the legs.

    "Getting to the final would be absolutely brilliant for the club and us as a group of players so that's what we want to do."

  7. Scoreline 'flattered' Motherwell - Washington

    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Hearts striker Conor Washington ended an 18-month wait for a club goal tonight, and told BBC Radio Scotland: "If I'm honest, 2-1 flattered them a bit and we should've put the game to bed. But hopefully we can take this form into the league now.

    "We wanted to right some wrongs from Saturday where we didn't compete enough [in a 0-0 draw with Ross County] and I think we did that.

    "It's nice to score, the win is more important, but hopefully that's the monkey off my back now and I can go on and get some more."

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    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    While we're waiting for the gaffers to dry themselves off, here are the numbers at full-time...

    full-time stats
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    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    We'll hear from both managers shortly...

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    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    James McFadden

    Former Scotland forward on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: If you're going to play Hearts you have to cut them open, the way Motherwell did for that goal. When it comes into that containment mode Hearts have got enough to see out the game.
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    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    As Neil McCann says, a lot of strong performances from the Gorgie men tonight. At 17, Aaron Hickey was defensively tremendous against whichever of Motherwell's marauding wingers took him on.

    Jake Mulraney dazzled in attack, but Conor Washington's guile, strength, and intelligence was really impressive. He looks a cracking acquisition.

  12. Hearts worthy winners

    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Neil McCann

    Former Scotland and Rangers winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: Hearts deserve it overall. Their first-half performance was good but they went into containment mode in the second, that allowed Motherwell and their substitutes to come back into it and score a really good goal. They then huffed and puffed but some really good performances tonight - Mulraney was really good, Damour was decent and young Hickey was excellent, as was Michael Smith.
  13. Washington ends goal drought to send Hearts through

    FT: Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Here's the goal that won the day for Hearts, an emphatically dispatched penalty from Conor Washington in first-half stoppage time after a crazy Mark Gillespie foul on Jake Mulraney.

    That was, by my reckoning, his first club goal in 18 months.

    Conor Washington scores
  14. FULL-TIME Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Hearts have seen it out! They're the first team in the League Cup quarter-finals.

    That's a big, big result for Craig Levein. And a pretty underwhelming night for Motherwell.

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    Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Three minutes of stoppage time to be played. Hearts have the ball deep in Motherwell territory. It looks like they're going to get over the line.

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    Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Wonderful recovery from Aaron Hickey, who slipped in pursuit of a Berra header, but leapt to his feet quickly enough to slide in and rob Ilic.

    He's hurt himself in the tackle, but Hearts have made all three subs, so he's going to have to soldier on for the final minute. Fantastic showing from the 17-year-old tonight.

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    Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Craig Levein makes his final change. Off goes Sean Clare, on comes Oliver Bozanic in midfield.

  18. GREAT SAVE!

    Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Wow! So nearly a killer goal for Aidy White, of all people.

    The defender finds himself galloping forward onto a Washington flick, and somehow jinks and bundles his way right through on Gillespie, who makes a brilliant point-blank save with his right leg.

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    Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Five minutes left. Is there to be another twist? Motherwell are pressing and pressing, but they haven't produced many moments of attacking quality.

  20. 'Crazy' scenes as Smith and Seedorf square up

    Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

    Neil McCann

    Former Scotland and Rangers winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: It's crazy because it's a foul, there's no doubt about that. He smacks the ball off Seedorf's face then it looks like he grabs him round the throat, which is crazy. He's had a good game, Seedorf hasn't had the better of him or tried to take the mick out of him. Smith has done well. I can't believe what I'm watching out there. Hearts are just trying to see the game out, Motherwell are upping the tempo - it feels like a proper cup game now.