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Heart of Midlothian 2-1 Stenhousemuir

Wednesday 24th July 2019, KO 19:45 | Betfred Cup | Tynecastle Park

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Team News

Craig Levein said on Monday that Conor Washington and Harry Cochrane could be rested for the midweek visit of Stenhousemuir, as both have tight backs. Christophe Berra will also be rested.

The gaffer also confirmed that Peter Haring (pelvic) will be out for longer than first feared, with the Austrain expected to miss the next two months.

Ben Garuccio, Olly Lee and Callumn Morrison (all knee) remain out, but strikers Aidan Keena and Rory Currie have returned to action in recent weeks. Andy Irving also returns from suspension, whilst Aaron Hickey is expected to return to the starting XI.

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The Jambos have performed well against both Dundee United and Cowdenbeath in their first two competitive games of the 19/20 season.

After a penalty shoot-out win against United, the Jambos beat the Blue Brazil 2-0 at Central Park. Goals from debutant Craig Halkett and Anthony McDonald were enough for Craig Levein's men, who could have racked up a few more.

Stenhousemuir are still in search of their first point in the Betfred Cup. Firstly, they narrowly lost 2-1 to Dundee United - in a result that Stenny fans could take hope from.

Television presenter and Ochilview announcer Craig G Telfer (@CraigGTelfer on Twitter) wrote: "Andy Munro was tremendous, Thomas Halleran will make a big impact this season, and Scott McLaughlin should check his back pocket to see if little Lawrence Shankland is still in there!"

However, the host of BBC Scotland's A View From the Terrace would have been less happy with last weekend's result - a 2-0 loss to East Fife, where The Warriors were bested by a Scott Agnew brace at New Bayview.

Head-to-Head

Hearts and Stenhousemuir have only met competitively ten times throughout the two clubs' histories. In those fixtures, Stenny have only won once - in the final of the 1954 Penman Cup.

The last time the two sides met was also in the League Cup, back in August 2014. 

Despite a very young side and two first-half injury-enforced subs, Robbie Neilson's side ran out 2-1 winners at Ochilview Park with goals from Gary Oliver and Kevin McHattie.

Lee Hollis and Liam Smith were in from the start, with both making only their second appearances for the club. James Keatings and Jordan McGhee were both forced off before half-time, with now-St Johnstone centre-half Liam Gordon coming on alongside Osman Sow.

Adam Eckersley would enter the fray late on to make his debut, and Brad McKay captained the side.

(Image: SNS - Gary Oliver celebrates putting Hearts ahead)

(Image: SNS - Brad McKay wears the captain's armband for his boyhood club)

Finally, the last time the sides met at Tynecastle was in 2000 under the reign of Jim Jefferies. It was in the Third Round of the Scottish Cup, played in January, and a late Gary McSwegan goal saved the Jambos' blushes as the hosts won 3-2.