Hearts picked up another three points at home, beating Hamilton Accies 2-0 on Saturday.
First-half goals from Prince Buaben and Arnaud Djoum secured the points in front of another home sell out at Tynecastle.
The Jambos lined up with two changes to the side that comprehensively disposed of Partick Thistle last week; Blazej Augustyn returned from suspension to replace Juwon Oshaniwa, while Morgaro Gomis slotted in for Danny Swanson.
Hearts were first to attack in the seventh minute. Callum Paterson took down a cross-field pass and swung a cross into the box, Arnaud Djoum got there first but couldn’t direct his header on target.
The game was therein scrappy, peppered with fouls and yellow cards. Lucas Tagliapietra went close with a free header from a corner, but the ball flew inches wide of Neil Alexander’s left-hand post.
26 minutes in and the deadlock was broken, courtesy of Prince Buaben. The Ghanaian picked up the ball 25-yards from goal and drilled into the bottom right corner of the net, giving Michael McGovern no chance.
Accies went straight up the park and almost equalised. Tagliapietra got on the end of a free-kick into the box but Alexander flung himself to his right to palm the ball around the post.
Hearts doubled their lead after 38 minutes. A quick break saw Sam Nicholson float a ball into the box only for an Accies defender to misjudge, which presented Osman Sow with the chance to take it down and around the ‘keeper before passing sideways for Djoum to tap home into the net.
The men maroon could’ve put the game beyond the visitors six minutes after the restart. Nicholson hit the byeline and whipped over a great cross, but it just evaded the head of Djoum who went flying into the back of net himself.
Minutes later Paterson went close with a spectacular set piece, following Darian MacKinnon’s foul on Sow, but McGovern clawed away the right-back’s 25-yard drive at his left-hand post.
Substitute Miguel Pallardo didn’t take long to make an impact, he danced away from two Accies players before feeding Sow at the edge of the box. The big Swede did well to get away from his man and create space for a curling shot, only to see McGovern get down to touch the ball around the post.
From the resultant corner, Igor Rossi saw his header cleared off the line by MacKinnon.
Somehow, the ball didn’t end up in Accies’ net after 74 minutes. Buaben and Sow exchanged one-twos inside the box, with the latter managing to force the ball towards the line despite being under severe pressure, but it fell the wrong side of the post.
Accies passed up a great chance to half the deficit on 84 minutes when Tagliapietra connected with Kurtaj’s corner, but he failed to hit the target.
Gavin Reilly weaved his way into the box in injury time and was unlucky to see his defelcted shot loop up and touched over the bar by McGovern.
That was the last chance of the game as the Jambos continue their good run of form, which sees them remain second place in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Hearts: Alexander, Paterson, Augustyn, Rossi, McGhee, Gomis, Buaben, Djoum (Pallardo, 68'), Nicholson (Swanson, 79'), Sow, Juanma (Reilly, 67'). Subs: Hamilton, King, L.Smith, Zanatta.
Hamilton: McGovern, Gordon, Kurakins, Imrie (Nade, 75'), Turner (Longridge, 46'), Kurtaj, Morris, MacKinnon, Docherty, Tena (Sendles-White, 37'), Tagliapietra. Subs: Martin, D'Acol, Redmond, Boyd.
Referee: Bobby Madden
Top man: Prince Buaben