Hearts battled back to record a fine 2-1 win over Dundee at Dens Park.
Kane Hemming’s early opener gave the hosts the lead, but a second-half Juanma brace secured an impressive three points for the Gorgie boys.
Robbie Neilson pitched new boy Juwon Oshaniwa in from the start, as the Jambos employed a diamond formation in midfield, with Alim Ozturk sitting in front of the defence.
Hearts had an early penalty appeal turned down when Jamie Walker was bundled over from behind in the box, but referee Craig Thomson wasn’t having any of it.
Hemmings got the game’s first shot on target after four minutes after showing delightful skill to get away from Igor Rossi, but Neil Alexander made a smart block and Oshaniwa cleared behind for a corner.
It was from that corner that Dundee took the lead. Hemmings was completely unmarked inside the box, and he rose to meet a cross and nod into the top corner of the net.
Hearts should’ve been back on level terms after 14 minutes. Prince Buaben’s cross was flicked inside by Juanma to Walker, who evaded the offside trap, but his low drive was blocked by Scott Bain and the follow-up header was ballooned over the bar.
A minute later Alexander kept the Jambos in the game. Hemming’s ball to the back door was knocked goalwards by Paul McGowan, but Alexander dived to make a superb block on the line before the danger was cleared.
On 18 minutes a fine one-two between Harkins and Stewart saw the former clean through on goal, but he could only find the side netting from six-yards out.
Again, the Jambos passed up a golden opportunity to make it 1-1. Ozturk kept Walker’s corner in play, and his chipped ball in found Juanma, who from five-yards out somehow managed to miss the target with his header despite having the goal at his mercy.
Alexander was at his best again right on half-time to deny Kevin Holt at the back post. The left-back bulleted his header on target after getting on the end of Gary Harkins’ cross, but the Hearts no. 1 pounced to his right to palm the ball behind.
Hearts came flying out of the traps at the start of the second-half and created a great chance. Walker’s low cross just evaded the outstretched leg of Oshaniwa as the ball flew across the face of the six-yard box.
The equalising goal came after 56 minutes via the penalty spot, after the home side were penalised for a handball in the box. Juanma stepped up and sent Bain the wrong way to get Hearts back on level terms.
Three minutes later Juanma grabbed his second of the game. The Spanaird broke free and cut into the box, jinking away from a blue shirt before slotting low beyond Bain and into the back of the net.
The Jambos looked a different side in the second-half, playing with their tails up and keeping composed when the game threatened to descend into madness.
Tasty challenges flew in and yellow cards were flashed, but still Hearts remained in control as they looked to see the game out.
With six minutes to go Hearts had the chance to wrap the game. Substitute Gavin Reilly robbed James McPake and cut the ball inside to Walker, but the winger’s driver was tame and straight at Bain.
The final whistle went, sending over 2,000 travelling Hearts fans home happy. A brilliant comeback from the Jambos and two wins out of two in this Ladbrokes Premiership season.
Dundee: Bain, Holt, McPake, Stewart, Thomson, Hemmings, Extabeguren, Ross, McGowan, McGinn, Harkins. Subs: Mitchell, Meggatt, Irvine, Ferry, Konrad, Roberts.
Hearts: Alexander, Paterson, Augustyn, Rossi, Oshaniwa (King, 75'), Ozturk, Buaben, Gomis, Walker, Sow (Nicholson, 53'), Juanma (Reilly, 80'). Subs: Hamilton, McHattie, McGhee, McKirdy.
Referee: Craig Thomson
Top man: Juanma