Hearts consolidated third place in the Scottish Premier League with a comfortable win against Hamilton.
Rudi Skacel gave Hearts a 32nd-minute lead, dipping a volley towards the Accies goal from 18 yards out.
David Templeton doubled the lead seven minutes after the interval, firing from distance into the top corner.
Simon Mensing missed an 80th-minute penalty for Hamilton to sum up the Lanarkshire side's miserable afternoon in the capital.
It was Hearts' fourth straight league victory, and Hamilton's fourth straight defeat, rooting Billy Reid's side to the foot of the league table with only nine points from 14 matches.
Jim Jefferies named an unchanged Hearts side, while Hamilton made three changes from the team that slumped 3-1 at home to Inverness last Saturday, with defenders Gavin Skelton and Martin Canning earning starting places along with midfielder Gary McDonald.
The hosts started well but it was Hamilton who earned a third-minute corner, delivered from the right by Dougie Imrie, which Marian Kello had to tip away.
Templeton had some promising early runs including one in which he weaved his way to the edge of the box, only to be halted by Mensing.
The Hamilton captain then brought down Stephen Elliott just outside the area on 10 minutes.
Skacel curled the free kick from just outside the area round the wall but although the ball looked set to sneak in at the right-hand post, it was deflected round.
The Czech midfielder produced a moment of magic for Hearts shortly after the half hour mark, smashed a dipping volley home from 18 yards, leaving Tomas Cerny standing.
With half-time approaching, Ismael Bouzid fluffed a header with Accies keeper Cerny flapping and passed up an opportunity to give Hearts a comfortable lead at the interval.
Immediately after the break, Templeton doubled the lead, firing the ball from distance into the top corner of the Accies net.
Cerny was under pressure again moments later when Ruben Palazuelos shot for goal, but the Czech keeper made the save.
As the hour mark passed, Hamilton midfielder Gavin Skelton fired in, but Marian Kello parried, then Damian Casalinuovo looked set to score after breaking free with the ball, but the Hearts keeper was up to the task.
The introduction of the Paixao twins from the bench failed to ignite the Hamilton challenge, although a penalty was awarded when Palazuelos felled Flavio.
Mensing blasted in the resulting spot-kick, but Kello guessed correctly to make the save.
Ryan Stevenson watched a late effort sail harmlessly over the Accies bar and Calum Elliot came close in the final minute, but the third goal wasn't required as Hearts easily claimed all three points.
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Saturday, 20 November 2010
21 Ismael Bouzid
06 Palazuelos yellow card
08 Black (Stevenson 76)
19 Skacel (Thomson 84)
10 Elliott (Elliot 84)
05 Graham (Gillepsie 76)
12 Buchanan (Flavio Paixao 67)
08 McDonald (Paixao 67)
18 Flavio Paixao,
Ref: BrinesAtt: 12,620
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+2:59 The match has reached full-time.
90:00+1:00 Foul by Flavio Paixao on Ruben Palazuelos, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
90:00+0:02 Calum Elliot takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
89:17 Craig Thomson produces a cross.
86:40 Foul by Gavin Skelton on Adrian Mrowiec, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Thomson, Martin
Canning makes a clearance.
85:42 Foul by Calum Elliot on Douglas Imrie, free kick awarded. Marco Paixao delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from
left channel, Craig Thomson manages to make a clearance.
85:09 Kevin Kyle is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
83:58 Substitution Stephen Elliott goes off and Calum Elliot comes on.
83:35 Substitution Craig Thomson is brought on as a substitute for Rudolf Skacel.
83:26 Effort on goal by Ryan Stevenson from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
82:27 Ryan Stevenson delivers the ball.
80:05 Douglas Imrie takes a corner.
79:57 Penalty taken by Simon Mensing saved by Marian Kello. Hearts 2-0 Hamilton.
78:30 Flavio Paixao fouled by Ruben Palazuelos, the ref awards a Penalty.
78:30 Booking Ruben Palazuelos is shown a yellow card.
75:53 Substitution (Hearts) makes a substitution, with Ryan Stevenson coming on for Ian Black.
75:24 Substitution (Hamilton) makes a substitution, with Grant Gillespie coming on for Andy Graham.
72:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Canning by Rudolf Skacel. Martin Canning takes the direct free kick.
71:38 Douglas Imrie fouled by Rudolf Skacel, the ref awards a free kick. Douglas Imrie crosses the ball in from the free kick.
71:20 Kevin Kyle takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tomas Cerny.
70:50 David Elebert challenges Kevin Kyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rudolf Skacel.
69:25 Corner taken right-footed by Marco Paixao from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ian Black.
68:25 Ian Black challenges Douglas Imrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
66:32 Substitution (Hamilton) makes a substitution, with Flavio Paixao coming on for David Buchanan.
66:32 Substitution Marco Paixao comes on in place of Gary McDonald.
66:21 Ismael Bouzid has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
65:33 Kevin Kyle fouled by Martin Canning, the ref awards a free kick. Rudolf Skacel crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed
from left wing, clearance by Gary McDonald.
64:21 Damian Casalinuovo takes a shot. Marian Kello gets a block in.
63:35 Gary McDonald fouled by Ruben Palazuelos, the ref awards a free kick. Gary McDonald takes the free kick.
62:53 Gavin Skelton takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
62:06 The ball is crossed by Ruben Palazuelos, Headed effort from inside the area by Kevin Kyle misses to the left of the goal.
59:34 Adrian Mrowiec gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damian Casalinuovo. The free kick is delivered left-footed
by Douglas Imrie from right channel, Ismael Bouzid manages to make a clearance.
58:50 Eggert Jonsson produces a cross, Unfair challenge on Tomas Cerny by Kevin Kyle results in a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the
direct free kick.
56:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Templeton by Martin Canning. Rudolf Skacel delivers the ball from the free
kick left-footed from left wing, clearance made by Martin Canning.
55:28 The referee gives a free kick against Gavin Skelton for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
55:01 The ball is delivered by Ruben Palazuelos, save by Tomas Cerny.
53:22 David Templeton takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Canning.
52:50 Gavin Skelton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Black. Ian Black produces a cross, Kevin Kyle takes a
shot. Clearance made by Simon Mensing.
51:33 The assist for the goal came from Ian Black.
51:33 GOAL - David Templeton:Hearts 2 - 0 Hamilton A goal is scored by David Templeton from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Hearts 2-0 Hamilton.
50:45 Corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel, Kevin Kyle takes a shot. David Elebert manages to make a clearance.
49:38 Unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott by Simon Mensing results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Rudolf
45:28 A cross is delivered by Douglas Imrie, save by Marian Kello.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:00+0:06 The referee calls an end to the first half.
44:38 The offside flag is raised against Douglas Imrie. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
43:11 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Kyle. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
42:29 Rudolf Skacel handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
41:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ismael Bouzid on David Elebert. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
41:00 Unfair challenge on Kevin Kyle by Jim Goodwin results in a free kick. Ian Black takes the direct free kick.
40:10 David Templeton concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Graham. Martin Canning takes the direct free kick.
39:05 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rudolf Skacel, Header from close range by Ismael Bouzid misses to the right
of the goal.
37:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ruben Palazuelos on Douglas Imrie. Free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.
35:26 Stephen Elliott fouled by David Buchanan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
33:26 Marius Zaliukas concedes a free kick for a foul on Damian Casalinuovo. Free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.
31:43 GOAL - Rudi Skacel:Hearts 1 - 0 Hamilton Rudolf Skacel grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 Hamilton.
30:59 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Douglas Imrie misses to the right of the goal.
30:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Templeton by Martin Canning. Direct free kick taken by Ian Black.
28:22 The referee blows for offside. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
27:14 Unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Ian Black results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Douglas Imrie, Ismael Bouzid makes
25:50 Corner from the right by-line taken by Douglas Imrie, clearance by Ismael Bouzid.
25:35 Jim Goodwin takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
24:48 Foul by Ismael Bouzid on Damian Casalinuovo, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.
24:15 Rudolf Skacel takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
24:03 David Templeton takes a shot. Blocked by Simon Mensing.
23:35 Ruben Palazuelos produces a cross, save by Tomas Cerny.
22:20 Douglas Imrie takes a outswinging corner.
20:12 Damian Casalinuovo concedes a free kick for a foul on Marius Zaliukas. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
18:57 Shot from just outside the area by Rudolf Skacel goes over the bar.
17:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson by Damian Casalinuovo. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
16:41 Ruben Palazuelos crosses the ball, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
15:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Black by Gavin Skelton. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
13:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson by David Buchanan. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
13:10 Centre by Eggert Jonsson, save by Tomas Cerny.
12:29 Foul by Jim Goodwin on Rudolf Skacel, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Templeton.
11:46 A cross is delivered by Adrian Mrowiec.
11:14 The assistant referee signals for offside against Douglas Imrie. Ismael Bouzid takes the free kick.
10:17 Corner taken by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line, clearance made by Simon Mensing.
9:18 Simon Mensing gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott. Rudolf Skacel has an effort direct from the
free kick, Andy Graham gets a block in.
8:43 Foul by Stephen Elliott on Gavin Skelton, free kick awarded. Simon Mensing takes the direct free kick.
8:29 Martin Canning delivers the ball, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
7:46 Eggert Jonsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie. Free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.
6:30 David Buchanan takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
4:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Eggert Jonsson on Douglas Imrie. Douglas Imrie takes the free kick.
3:23 Corner taken by Douglas Imrie from the left by-line.
2:58 Inswinging corner taken by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, save made by Marian Kello.
2:32 Jim Goodwin fouled by Rudolf Skacel, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Douglas Imrie, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
1:57 David Buchanan sends in a cross, Andy Graham takes a shot. Blocked by Gavin Skelton.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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