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Hearts   2 - 1   Hamilton

Suso celebrates his goal
Suso put Hearts two goals in front against Hamilton in Edinburgh

Two goals in a minute gave a lacklustre Hearts victory over struggling Hamilton Accies at Tynecastle.

Jose Goncalves sent a header against the Accies bar in a first-half during which the visitors otherwise looked the more likely side.

Michael Stewart opened the scoring from the spot when Martin Canning challenged David Witteveen in the box.

Suso put Hearts further ahead with an audacious back-heel, but Marco Paixao pulled one back for Accies.

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo had been forced into three changes from the side that defeated Dunfermline in the midweek Co-operative Insurance Cup tie.

Midfielder Ruben Palazuelos was sent home through illness, while defender Lee Wallace failed to recover from injury, meaning that David Witteveen and Ian Black were handed starting places.

With striker Gary Glen also missing out through injury, Andrew Driver was recalled after recovering from his knee problem.

Marco Paixao started up front for Hamilton after Derek Lyle was ruled out for the season last weekend.

The visitors made a confident start to proceedings as they had Hearts pegged back in their own half, but it was the Tynecastle outfit that conjured the first chances.

Bbut both Suso and Witteveen failed to make contact in front of goal.

Accies created their first opening in the 15th minute when Janos Balogh's attempted clearance fell to Paixao, but the ball ricocheted off the Portuguese player's legs and fell wide.

Hearts' David Obua should have done better with a free header from Craig Thomson's corner after he missed the target from close range.

Goncalves then powered a header off the bar in the 33rd minute after connecting with Thomson's out-swinging corner and Ismael Bouzid was out of reach of the follow-up as he tried to net the rebound.

Stewart gave away a free-kick 20-yards from goal after clattering into James Wesolowski and Hastings' free-kick was deflected just wide of Balogh's goal.

Michael Stewart celebrates with Marius Zaliukas
Stewart (left) opened the scoring for Hearts at Tynecastle

Hamilton finished the half the stronger as Antoine-Curier then blasted wide after latching on to Simon Mensing's through pass.

Just three minutes into the second half, Suso looked to make an impact with a curling effort from the edge of the box, but Tomas Cerny pulled off a fine diving save.

Hearts took control of the game with two goals in as many minutes that left the visitors shell-shocked.

The first arrived in the 55th minute through Stewart from the penalty spot. The midfielder played a quick free-kick to Witteveen and the Austrian was adjudged to have been fouled by Martin Canning after rounding the defender.

Stewart made no mistake from 12 yards with a clinical shot into the corner and the home side then doubled their lead minutes later courtesy of Suso.

Thomson's corner was headed down to the winger by Bouzid and Suso back-heeled the ball over the line right in front of the goalkeeper.

Hamilton winger Paixao reduced his side's arrears in the 62nd minute. The midfielder nipped in to collect Grant Evans' pass ahead of Marius Zaliukas before applying a cool finish from close range.

Despite the disappointment of losing a goal to their opponents, Hearts continued to press as they looked to put the game beyond doubt.

Hearts brought on winger Arvydas Novikovas for goalscorer Suso and the Lithuanian winger was in the thick of the action right away.

The hosts had claims for a penalty waved away by referee Alan Muir after Novikovas fell in the box under a challenge from Hastings.

Moments later, Novikovas created space on the edge of the box, but he dragged his shot wide.


Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo:

"At 10am on Saturday morning, Ruben (Palazuelos) phoned me and said he has been vomiting through the night.

"We then had to put together a different shape from what we had been working on through the week.

"I decided to bring David Witteveen in and play with a 4-2-3-1.

"You see this level is different but he held the ball up front very well."

Hamilton manager Billy Reid:

"I'm frustrated. I think over the 90 minutes we did enough to deserve a point.

"There was nothing between the sides but obviously the penalty changed the game.

"My view is that their player had lost control of the ball and went over the top of our player.

"Officials are always going to make mistakes and they made a mistake today."

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Saturday, 26 September 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hearts 2-1 Hamilton FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Stewart (pen) 56
  • Suso Santana 57
  • Marco Paixao 62

Hearts

  • 01 Balogh
  • 05 Jose Goncalves
  • 13 Obua
  • 21 Ismael Bouzid
  • 26 Zaliukas
  • 07 Suso Santana (Novikovas 78)
  • 08 Black yellow card (Stewart 90)
  • 11 Driver
  • 23 Stewart
  • 46 Thomson
  • 15 David Witteveen (Robinson 90+3)

Substitutes

  • 30 MacDonald,
  • 02 Kucharski,
  • 20 Thomson,
  • 37 Stewart,
  • 39 Mulrooney,
  • 18 Novikovas,
  • 55 Robinson

Hamilton

  • 01 Cerny
  • 02 McClenahan
  • 03 Hastings
  • 04 Canning yellow card
  • 06 McLaughlin yellow card
  • 07 Wesolowski (Louhoungu 73)
  • 08 McArthur yellow card
  • 27 Mensing (Evans 46)
  • 34 Mason yellow card
  • 09 Antoine-Curier (Knight 82)
  • 21 Marco Paixao

Substitutes

  • 19 Murdoch,
  • 25 Elebert,
  • 12 Evans,
  • 14 Louhoungu,
  • 20 Gillepsie,
  • 24 Kissock,
  • 26 Knight
Ref: MuirAtt: 13,025
HEARTS
HAMILTON

Possession

  • Hearts 56%
  • Hamilton 44%

Attempts on target

  • Hearts 2
  • Hamilton 7

Attempts off target

  • Hearts 9
  • Hamilton 4

Corners

  • Hearts 6
  • Hamilton 5

Fouls

  • Hearts 16
  • Hamilton 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:12 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+3:20 Richard Hastings concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Stewart. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:34 Substitution Scott Robinson replaces David Witteveen.
  • 90:00+2:21 The ball is sent over by Arvydas Novikovas.
  • 90:00+1:57 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Thomson.
  • 90:00+1:04 Corner taken left-footed by Richard Hastings, save by Janos Balogh.
  • 90:00 Unfair challenge on Grant Evans by Johnny Stewart results in a free kick. Gary Mason crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Arvydas Novikovas.
  • 89:05 Substitution Johnny Stewart comes on in place of Ian Black.
  • 87:54 David Obua delivers the ball, Martin Canning makes a clearance.
  • 87:02 Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
  • 87:02 Booking Booking for Gary Mason for unsporting behaviour.
  • 86:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Mason on David Obua.
  • 86:02 Richard Hastings takes a inswinging corner.
  • 83:54 Long range shot by Marco Paixao goes wide right of the target.
  • 82:40 Craig Thomson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 82:40 Booking James McArthur is cautioned.
  • 82:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Driver by James McArthur.
  • 81:33 Substitution Mickael Antoine-Curier leaves the field to be replaced by Leon Knight.
  • 79:36 Effort on goal by Arvydas Novikovas from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 78:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ismael Bouzid on Mickael Antoine-Curier. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Richard Hastings.
  • 77:49 Substitution Suso Santana leaves the field to be replaced by Arvydas Novikovas.
  • 76:21 James McArthur takes a shot from 12 yards. Ian Black gets a block in.
  • 74:11 Grant Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Goncalves. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
  • 72:08 Substitution David Louhoungu joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Wesolowski.
  • 70:29 Strike on goal comes in from Craig Thomson from the free kick.
  • 70:29 Booking Mark McLaughlin is cautioned.
  • 70:17 Foul by Mark McLaughlin on David Witteveen, free kick awarded.
  • 69:29 Centre by Jose Goncalves, save made by Tomas Cerny.
  • 69:12 Unfair challenge on Ian Black by James McArthur results in a free kick. Jose Goncalves takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:42 Foul by Gary Mason on Marius Zaliukas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
  • 66:05 The assistant referee signals for offside against David Witteveen. Martin Canning takes the free kick.
  • 64:41 Marco Paixao has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save made by Janos Balogh.
  • 64:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Black on Gary Mason. James McArthur takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:24 Ismael Bouzid concedes a free kick for a foul on Mickael Antoine-Curier. Free kick crossed left-footed by Mark McLaughlin, Ismael Bouzid manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:46 A cross is delivered by Richard Hastings, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Wesolowski by Suso Santana. Direct free kick taken by Richard Hastings.
  • 61:43 The assist for the goal came from Grant Evans.
  • 61:43 GOAL - Marco PaixaoHearts 2 - 1 Hamilton Marco Paixao fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 2-1 Hamilton.
  • 61:38 Grant Evans delivers the ball,
  • 60:30 The assistant referee signals for offside against Mickael Antoine-Curier. Free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
  • 58:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Thomson on Mark McLaughlin. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
  • 58:34 The ball is crossed by Craig Thomson, clearance made by Mark McLaughlin.
  • 56:53 GOAL - Suso SantanaHearts 2 - 0 Hamilton Suso Santana finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 2-0 Hamilton.
  • 55:47 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Thomson.
  • 55:13 GOAL - Michael StewartHearts 1 - 0 Hamilton Penalty taken right-footed by Michael Stewart and scored. Hearts 1-0 Hamilton.
  • 55:05 Booking The referee cautions Martin Canning for unsporting behaviour.
  • 54:16 Foul by Martin Canning on Michael Stewart, Penalty awarded.
  • 53:56 Jose Goncalves fouled by Grant Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Goncalves restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:05 Shot from just outside the area by Michael Stewart misses to the left of the target.
  • 50:10 Strike on goal comes in from Richard Hastings from the free kick.
  • 50:10 Booking The referee shows Ian Black a yellow card.
  • 49:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Black on James McArthur.
  • 49:07 Corner taken by Richard Hastings.
  • 47:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ismael Bouzid by Marco Paixao. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
  • 47:27 Suso Santana takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny.
  • 46:56 Grant Evans challenges Jose Goncalves unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Goncalves.
  • 46:43 The ball is crossed by Grant Evans, save by Janos Balogh.
  • 45:53 Effort on goal by Marco Paixao from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Grant Evans on for Simon Mensing.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:54 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+0:23 Centre by Jose Goncalves.
  • 43:50 Mickael Antoine-Curier challenges Ismael Bouzid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
  • 43:10 Michael Stewart crosses the ball, clearance by Mark McLaughlin.
  • 41:37 Craig Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mickael Antoine-Curier. Richard Hastings takes the free kick.
  • 41:01 A cross is delivered by Andrew Driver, clearance made by Richard Hastings.
  • 40:52 The ball is delivered by Andrew Driver, Mark McLaughlin makes a clearance.
  • 38:14 Mickael Antoine-Curier has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
  • 37:34 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Richard Hastings, Shot from deep inside the area by Simon Mensing goes over the bar.
  • 36:20 Marco Paixao fouled by Michael Stewart, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Richard Hastings from the free kick.
  • 35:26 Richard Hastings fouled by Suso Santana, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Richard Hastings, clearance by Suso Santana.
  • 33:26 Jose Goncalves takes a weak shot. Clearance made by Mark McLaughlin.
  • 33:02 Craig Thomson takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 32:20 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the right by-line, Jose Goncalves takes a shot.
  • 32:09 David Obua crosses the ball.
  • 30:06 Unfair challenge on James McArthur by Ian Black results in a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
  • 28:24 Ian Black has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 27:32 The offside flag is raised against James McArthur. Indirect free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
  • 26:28 Craig Thomson takes a inswinging corner.
  • 26:17 Craig Thomson crosses the ball, clearance by Trent McClenahan.
  • 23:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Hastings on Michael Stewart. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Thomson, clearance by James Wesolowski.
  • 21:03 The ball is crossed by Craig Thomson.
  • 17:26 Foul by Gary Mason on Suso Santana, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
  • 15:52 Andrew Driver concedes a free kick for a foul on Trent McClenahan. Direct free kick taken by Martin Canning.
  • 14:12 Corner taken left-footed by Richard Hastings from the right by-line, Janos Balogh makes a save.
  • 13:53 Marco Paixao produces a cross, Effort from 6 yards by Mickael Antoine-Curier. Blocked by Marius Zaliukas.
  • 13:12 Andrew Driver delivers the ball.
  • 11:54 Marco Paixao has an effort at goal. Save made by Janos Balogh.
  • 10:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark McLaughlin by David Witteveen. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 9:06 Ian Black fouled by James McArthur, the ref awards a free kick. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.
  • 7:54 Effort on goal by David Witteveen from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 7:45 Jose Goncalves produces a cross.
  • 7:12 James McArthur challenges David Witteveen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Stewart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Goncalves on Mickael Antoine-Curier. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Richard Hastings from left channel.
  • 5:32 The ball is delivered by Jose Goncalves, Effort on goal by Suso Santana from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 4:54 Marco Paixao concedes a free kick for a foul on David Obua. Craig Thomson takes the free kick.
  • 3:52 Unfair challenge on Mark McLaughlin by David Witteveen results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 0:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Goncalves on Gary Mason. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 0:27 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the left by-line to the near post, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
  • 0:17 Suso Santana produces a cross, Mark McLaughlin makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Scottish Premier results

26 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Falkirk 0-0 Kilmarnock R
Hearts 2-1 Hamilton R
Motherwell 1-3 Hibernian R
Rangers 0-0 Aberdeen R
St Johnstone 2-3 Dundee Utd R
St Mirren 0-2 Celtic R

Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 6 9 16
2 Rangers 6 7 12
3 Hibernian 6 5 12
4 Dundee Utd 6 3 11
5 Aberdeen 6 2 9
6 Motherwell 6 1 9
7 Hearts 6 -2 7
8 Kilmarnock 6 -1 5
9 St Mirren 6 -3 5
10 Hamilton 6 -8 4
11 Falkirk 6 -6 3
12 St Johnstone 6 -7 3


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