Cowdenbeath 0-2 Heart of Midlothian
Tuesday 16th July 2019, KO 19:45 | Betfred Cup | Central Park
Craig Levein confirmed that he will make changes from the side that secured a penalty-shoot out victory over Dundee United on Friday.
Long-term absentees Ben Garuccio, Callumn Morrison, Olly Lee (all knee) and Peter Haring (pelvic) will continue to miss out, but Steven MacLean returns from suspension.
Jamie Walker and Conor Washington may not be risked after they played 80 and 90 minutes respectively against the Tangerines. However, Aidy White and Craig Halkett could be in contention to make their debuts at Central Park.
After his red card against Dundee United Andy Irving will miss out through suspension, and Jake Mulraney is a doubt with a tight hamstring.
The Jambos performed strongly against United on Friday but were slightly blunt when it came to the end product, squandering a few good chances in the first-half.
Walker, Washington and Clare all tested Ben Siegrist in the Tangerines' goal numerous times but the deadlock was finally broken by Andy Irving, who scored his first goal for the club in the process.
Cowdenbeath had a fantastic result at the weekend, beating Fife rivals East Fife 2-0. The Blue Brazil were on fine form to beat the Fifers, who were on the brink of the play-offs in League One last season.
First-half goals from new signing Graham Taylor and former Jambo Robbie Buchanan sealed the victory for Gary Bollan's men.
The pair met at this same stage last season, in the third matchday of the competition. Last July, the fixture took place at Tynecastle Park on a beautiful Tuesday evening, and the Jambos ran out 5-0 winners.
However, it took Craig Levein's side a while to get going as it was goalless at the break. Despite that, they kicked on in the second-half with goals from Steven MacLean, Uche Ikpeazu, Peter Haring, Steven Naismith and Michael Smith.
Hearts: Zlamal, M.Smith, Souttar, Berra, Morrison, Garuccio, Haring, Irving (McDonald, 35' - Mulraney, 78'), Naismith, MacLean, Lafferty (Ikpeazu, 54'). Subs: Doyle, Lee, Hughes, Keena.
Cowdenbeath: McGurn, Mullen, Talbot, Pyper, Marsh, Miller (Renton, 57'), Buchanan, Malcolm, Cox (Sheerin, 35' - Swann, 81'), Scott, Smith. Subs: Goodfellow, Gilfillan, Scullion, Muirhead.
What Craig Said:
What Michael Said:
"It was alright, I thought we did well - we dominated possession. They scored first but we probably had four or five good chances to score.
"It's still quite early in the year, we haven't been back too long so we're still finding our feet, getting our tactics right and getting the new players settled in. Overall, I thought it was very pleasing.
"You saw [Conor] the other night, he'll work his socks off for the team. He'll put himself about and make runs in behind - which we needed.
"We have Uche who will just bully boys and Macca [Steven MacLean] who's a tidy little footballer. [Conor] will give us something different and I think he'll score quite a few goals this year."
You can watch Michael's full press conference on HeartsTV by clicking here.