Tynecastle’s Stephen Kingsley and John Souttar each netted a goal in the second half. Lewis Ferguson’s penalty was saved by the goalkeeper as Aberdeen was given a lifeline.
Hearts manager Robbie Neilson described his team’s performance as dominant as they’ve always been the entire season as his team climbed up to 3rd spot in the Scottish Premiership with a 12 point lead over Aberdeen.
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It’s thrilling clutch
Hearts secured third place in the Scottish Premiership with such a commanding 2-0 win over Aberdeen at home, thanks to goals from defensemen Stephen Kingsley and John Souttar.
While the Tynecastle side had a commanding lead for much of the evening, the Dons had been unable to recover thanks to a penalty save by Craig Gordon in goal.
While Aberdeen remained winless after three games under new manager Jim Goodwin, Robbie Neilson’s side extended their lead over nearest rivals Livingston to 12 points in the fight for third place. Something that made it to the headlines of many media news today in Singapore.
Josh Ginnelly was replaced by Ellis Simms in the lone alteration to the Hearts team that won 2-0 away to St Mirren on Saturday. Goodwin made two changes to the Dundee United lineup that drew 1-1 with the Dons on Saturday, replacing Jonny Hayes and captain Scott Brown with Montgomery and McLennan, respectively.
The reaction and the recap
After Alan Anderson’s death at the age of 82, a minute’s silence was observed before the start of the game. After Souttar’s cross dropped well to Gary Mackay-Steven 15 yards out, he clipped an angled shot wide. In case you missed all the action or haven’t been following up on the latest news in Singapore, here’s a quick recap.
When Simms was picked out by Kingsley just 3 minutes further into the game, the hosts had another chance to score.
Liam Boyce sprinted on to Kingsley’s great pass in the 11th minute, but Joe Lewis would have to make an excellent save to deny the Northern Irishman from breaking the deadlock.
Declan Gallagher’s header from a free-kick appeared to give Aberdeen the advantage in the 29th minute, however, the defender’s flag halted the celebrations.
After Aberdeen failed to hit a Mackay-Steven free-kick, the ball fell to Souttar, who fired a 15-yard volley past Lewis to put Hearts ahead in the 38th minute.
On the hour, Barrie McKay was played through on goal by Boyce, but Lewis made a fantastic stop and the ball went shoved behind the goalkeeper. Kingsley scored the Jambos’ 2nd goal with a powerful header from a corner taken by McKay.
Lewis Ferguson tumbled in the area while attempting to get past Nathaniel Atkinson in the 70th minute, and Aberdeen was controversially given a penalty. Gordon made a diving stop to his right to keep Ferguson from taking the kick himself. Hearts never looked back after that.
After four league games without a win, Hearts was always a team under considerable pressure. But last week’s victory over St Mirren gave them a jolt, and they fought at a fierce tempo this time around.
It was clear that Hearts were exploiting a hole in the visitors’ defense, as David Bates and Gallagher were repeatedly outrun by the visitors’ forwards. Two defenders led the route to the goal in each of the two set-piece goals on the night.
Aberdeen has not won a league game since December 26. For the first time since the start of the season, the team is on a nine-game winning streak.
Goodwin’s choices are dwindling as he continues to be sidelined by injuries. However, he must score enough points over the next 4 matches to lift Aberdeen from 10th to the top six.