Sunday, 21 February 2010

Heart of Midlothian 2 Hamilton Academical 0

Photo from The Herald

Clydesdale Bank SPL, Sunday 21 February 2010 - Tynecastle Stadium

Last year may have been the year of the Homecoming but for Hearts fans 2010 is the year Jim Jefferies returned home. After last week's win over Falkirk, Hearts won again at Tynecastle with a somewhat weary victory over an Accies side embroiled in a relegation fight.

Calum Elliot made his first start of the season for Hearts who were still without several injured players, the suspended Michael Stewart and Christian Nade who has been metaphorically sent to Coventry.

Like so many games at Tynecastle this season, the first half was one to forget. Zaliukas was given a free header just before half-time but elected to head the ball into the Gorgie Stand rather than give the home team the lead.

Just as the game was beginning to take on the look of a goalless affair, Hearts scored after sixty-four minutes. Fine play from new boy Ryan Stevenson saw the former Ayr United player deliver a cross of pinpoint accuracy to find the head of David Obua who nodded past keeper Cerny. Hearts doubled their lead with ten minutes left when substitute David Templeton punished an error by Accies defender Easton to seal the game for the home team. Larry Kingston came on as a substitute for Hearts and showed a couple of neat touches - but he'll need to show much more if he wants to remain at Tynecastle next season.

Not the greatest of games but Hearts have taken six points from two home games in eight days. Jim Jefferies knows he has much work to do but perhaps now has some breathing space to let him do so.