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Saturday, 3 November, 2001, 14:48 GMT
Livvy break poor Hearts
David Fernandez celebrates his double with his bench
David Fernandez celebrates his double with his bench
Hearts 1-3 Livingston

David Fernandez made a superb return to the Livingston starting line-up as Jim Leishman's side continued their stunning away form.

They had already recorded a 5-1 win over Kilmarnock and a 6-1 drubbing of Aberdeen and Fernandez was the inspiration this time with a first-half double.

Barry Wilson made it three before Kevin McKenna gave Hearts a late consolation.

Hearts head coach Craig Levein gave new signing Tommi Gronlund his debut in midfield with Thomas Flogel suspended.

Jamaican Ricardo Fuller was handed his home debut in attack.

Ricardo Fuller chases behind Oscar Rubio
Ricardo Fuller chases behind Oscar Rubio
Livingston were were without suspended centre-half Marvin Andrews, with John Anderson brought back into the side to replace him.

Fernandez started the game, with Davide Xausa dropping on to the bench alongside trialist former Lyon goalkeeper Sebastien Socie.

Hearts opened strongly, with converted defender McKenna a major threat up front.

Livingston came more into the game and Stevie Tosh tried a magnificent effort from 25 yards that was heading for the top corner but for a brilliant tip over from Antti Niemi.

Alan Maybury sent over a good cross at the other end for McKenna to force a good save out of Nick Culkin and then Fuller also went close.

The visitors stepped up a gear and Dario Aurellio had a shot deflected on to the bar, with Wilson missing the rebound.

The pressure paid off for the visitors after 21 minutes when the lethal Fernandez pounced to shoot home from Phillipe Brinquin's cross.

It only took another four minutes for Fernandez to make it 2-0 when he met a beautiful Tosh cross from the right and headed home unmarked.

David Bingham holds off Tommi Gronlund
David Bingham holds off Tommi Gronlund
Hearts forward Fuller and Livingston defender Rubio were involved in a nasty clash of heads just after the break and play was stopped for a minute, but both players recovered.

The home side won a free-kick and McKenna's well-hit drive was tipped over by impressive on-loan goalkeeper Culkin.

Hearts had a let-off when Aurellio shot straight at Niemi from only seven yards.

The home side pressed for an equaliser only for Wilson to score the killer goal after 72 minutes.

The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle forward latched on to a pass from Tosh before turning and rifling powerfully into the net.

McKenna finished with ease four minutes later from an unmarked position.


Hearts: Niemi, Maybury, Pressley, Webster, Mahe, Simmons, Gronlund, McKenna, Fulton, Adam, Fuller. Subs: McKenzie, Wales, McCann, Davidson, Weir.

Livingston: Culkin, Brinquin, Rubio, Anderson, Santini, Tosh, Lovell, Aurellio, Wilson, Fernandez, Bingham. Subs: Del Niro, Caputo, Lowndes, Quino, Trialist.

Referee: K Toner.

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BBC Scotland's Scott Davie
"Another tremendous performance by Livingston"
Livingston manager Jim Leishman
"The players competed very well today"
Hearts manager Craig Levein
"I can understand the supporters' frustration"
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