Match Reports

Hearts 3-0 Alloa

25th November 2020

Hearts returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Alloa Athletic on Tuesday night. 

First half goals from Michael Smith, Andy Halliday and Peter Haring sealed a comfortable win for the boys in maroon at Tynecastle. 

Robbie made four changes to the side that lost at East End Park last Friday. Christophe Berra, Jordan Roberts, Jamie Walker and Haring all returned to the XI, with Mihai Popescu, Craig Wighton, Olly Lee and Elliott Frear missing out.

The Jambos started the match with plenty of attacking intent, pinning the visitors back from the first whistle on a rain soaked Tynecastle pitch. The pressure paid off after just six minutes when a fine run from Smith allowed him to latch on to a Halliday ball at the back post and volley beyond the keeper.

Walker then went close minutes later as he found himself in plenty of space but could only drag his effort wide of the Alloa goal. Halliday then sent a shot inches over the crossbar and it proved to be a warning sign as he doubled the Jambos advantage shortly after. 

In a fine attacking move, a series of passes saw the ball end up at the feet of Liam Boyce on the edge of the box. He showed great awareness to thread it through to Halliday whose perfectly timed run enabled him to gey beyond the defender and slot a low shot past the keeper. 

It was game over shortly after the half hour mark. Stephen Kingsley released Walker down the right and the number 7 cut to the byline before pulling it back for Haring to drill a low effort into the back of the net. 

The second half didn't quite live up to the first as Alloa tighetned up and looked to find a way back into the game. Chances were few and far between, however, Hearts did get the opportunity to add a fourth when Liam Boyce went down in the box. 

He saw his penalty saved, however, the referee immediately ordered a re-take with Alloa penalised for encroachment. It wasn't to be for the Northern Ireland international, however, as his second effort crashed off the crossbar. 

Hearts introduced Popescu, Lee and White as the half wore on and Boyce saw another couple of opportunities go missing in the latter stages as the Jambos settled for what was ultimately a comfortable 3-0 league victory.

The two teams will lock horns again in Alloa this coming Saturday in the last 16 of the Betfred Cup.