Templeton improvised well to squeeze home Hearts' opener
By Andy Campbell
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown watched his new side slump to the bottom of the Scottish Premier League with a heavy defeat to rampant Hearts at Tynecastle.
David Templeton scrambled home the opener and then set up Rudi Skacel for Hearts' second in the ninth minute.
Stephen Elliott ended a fine move with a headed goal on 51 minutes and Skacel claimed a second with a tap-in.
Arvydas Novikovas completed Hearts' rout with an excellent strike 12 minutes from the end.
Aberdeen's seventh successive defeat leaves them level on points with Hamilton but with an inferior goal difference.
Hearts, who have now won five on the trot, move three points clear of fourth-place Inverness.
With Brown due to take over the reins from the sacked Mark McGhee next week, the Dons were led by Neil Cooper and Neil Simpson.
Brown (right) and his assistant Archie Knox start their new posts next week
And it was the visitors who were first to threaten as captain Paul Hartley's whipped corner was glanced wide by the head of Zander Diamond.
Hearts quickly grabbed a grip of the game and Skacel's incisive pass sent Templeton in on goal in the fifth minute.
The winger seemed to be barged to the ground in the six-yard box by Chris Maguire but still managed to get his shot away and, though Andrew Considine made a clearance, referee Mike Tumilty ruled that the ball had already crossed the line.
Templeton was Hearts' inspiration again minutes later when he latched on to Marius Zaliukas's pass and squared for Skacel, who sent a composed left-foot shot into the far corner of the net from the right-hand side of the box.
Hearts' slick passing continued to carve open the Aberdeen defence and Templeton got in behind again only to have his shot touched wide by Langfield.
Aberdeen ventured forward and Maguire's powerful drive was beaten away by Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello.
The hosts continued to stretch the Dons after the interval and Ruben Palazuelos's cross from the left was bulleted into the net by the head of Elliott.
Elliott's backheel moments later set up Eggert Jonsson for a shot but Langfield spread himself well to make the save.
At the other end, Maguire's dipping shot across the face of goal offered little encouragement for the travelling fans.
And Aberdeen's need for the defensive organisation Brown instituted over the past 12 months at Motherwell was demonstrated again when Hearts scored their fourth.
Adrian Mrowiec's low cross was played back by Templeton for Skacel to add the finishing touch to the move.
Skacel almost completed his hat-trick when he ran on to Kevin Kyle's flick-on and tried to place the ball into the net but Langfield blocked well with his foot.
Novikovas replaced Templeton and added his name to the score-sheet 12 minutes from the end after cutting in from the left and finding the top corner with a delightful shot.
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Saturday, 11 December 2010
21 Ismael Bouzid
08 Black yellow card (Stevenson 72)
12 Templeton (Novikovas 71)
09 Kyle yellow card
10 Elliott yellow card (Elliot 76)
42 Robertson yellow card (Vujadinovic 90)
04 Folly (Pawlett 63)
08 Hartley yellow card
07 Maguire (Velicka 72)
Ref: TumiltyAtt: 13,434
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
91:46 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+1:01 The referee blows for offside. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
89:24 Substitution Clark Robertson goes off and Nikola Vujadinovic comes on.
89:03 Calum Elliot takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
87:09 Kevin Kyle challenges Zander Diamond unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
87:09 Booking Kevin Kyle goes into the referee's book.
85:11 The official flags Derek Young offside. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
84:26 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Kyle. Andrew Considine takes the free kick.
81:15 Peter Pawlett sends in a cross, clearance by Ismael Bouzid.
80:06 Corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.
77:39 Assist by Kevin Kyle.
77:39 GOAL - Arvydas Novikovas:Hearts 5 - 0 Aberdeen Arvydas Novikovas scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Hearts 5-0 Aberdeen.
75:59 Substitution Calum Elliot joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen Elliott.
75:28 Effort from the edge of the box by Rudolf Skacel goes wide of the left-hand post.
73:41 Foul by Marius Zaliukas on Peter Pawlett, free kick awarded. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
70:33 Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Clark Robertson results in a free kick. Rudolf Skacel takes the direct free kick.
70:33 Substitution Andrius Velicka comes on in place of Chris Maguire.
70:33 Substitution Ryan Stevenson replaces Ian Black.
70:33 Substitution David Templeton leaves the field to be replaced by Arvydas Novikovas.
70:33 Booking Clark Robertson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
69:27 Rudolf Skacel takes a shot.
67:45 Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Hartley, clearance by Ruben Palazuelos.
65:54 The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Vernon. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.
65:40 Rudolf Skacel has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
63:52 Sone Aluko takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
63:23 Foul by Marius Zaliukas on Chris Maguire, free kick awarded. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
62:03 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Hartley, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
62:03 Substitution Peter Pawlett comes on in place of Yoann Folly.
61:17 Derek Young takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
60:30 Clark Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson. Rudolf Skacel takes the direct free kick.
59:32 Foul by Stephen Elliott on Sone Aluko, free kick awarded. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
57:33 Assist on the goal came from David Templeton.
57:33 GOAL - Rudi Skacel:Hearts 4 - 0 Aberdeen Rudolf Skacel finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Hearts
55:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Templeton on Jerel Ifil. Strike on goal comes in from Paul Hartley from the free kick.
54:32 Eggert Jonsson takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
51:06 Booking Paul Hartley is booked.
50:20 Assist on the goal came from Ruben Palazuelos.
50:20 GOAL - Stephen Elliott:Hearts 3 - 0 Aberdeen Stephen Elliott finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Hearts 3-0 Aberdeen.
48:37 Sone Aluko handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Ismael Bouzid takes the free kick.
46:47 Derek Young challenges David Templeton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00+2:04 The ref blows to end the first period.
45:00+1:42 The referee blows for offside against Kevin Kyle. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
45:00+0:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mrowiec by Derek Young. Rudolf Skacel takes the free kick.
44:48 Chris Maguire challenges Rudolf Skacel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
42:44 Corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ismael Bouzid by Andrew Considine. Marian
Kello takes the direct free kick.
42:09 Ismael Bouzid concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Vernon. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
40:32 Stephen Elliott challenges Sone Aluko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
40:32 Booking Stephen Elliott is given a yellow card.
37:50 Ruben Palazuelos crosses the ball, Kevin Kyle takes a shot.
36:12 Jerel Ifil concedes a free kick for a foul on David Templeton. Free kick taken by Rudolf Skacel.
35:12 David Templeton crosses the ball.
33:17 Chris Maguire takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
29:59 The referee penalises Marius Zaliukas for handball. Sone Aluko takes the direct free kick.
29:02 Ian Black sends in a cross, clearance by Jerel Ifil.
27:35 Kevin Kyle challenges Derek Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
26:41 Outswinging corner taken by Rudolf Skacel, Clark Robertson fouled by Stephen Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Langfield
takes the direct free kick.
25:15 Corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel, clearance made by Scott Vernon.
25:01 David Templeton takes a shot. Zander Diamond manages to make a clearance.
24:29 The official flags Zander Diamond offside. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
23:52 Foul by Adrian Mrowiec on Derek Young, free kick awarded. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
21:32 The assistant referee flags for offside against Stephen Elliott. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
20:16 Ian Black fouled by Scott Vernon, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Black.
20:05 Derek Young sends in a cross.
18:49 Ian Black takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
15:17 Rudolf Skacel takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Scott Vernon.
14:40 Corner taken left-footed by Paul Hartley from the left by-line, save made by Marian Kello.
14:33 Booking Ian Black is shown a yellow card.
Correction - 12:32 Unfair challenge on Kevin Kyle by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rudolf Skacel.
12:32 Andrew Considine challenges Kevin Kyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Black.
8:22 Assist on the goal came from Kevin Kyle.
8:22 GOAL - Rudi Skacel:Hearts 2 - 0 Aberdeen Rudolf Skacel scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Hearts 2-0 Aberdeen.
4:35 Assist by Rudolf Skacel.
4:35 GOAL - David Templeton:Hearts 1 - 0 Aberdeen David Templeton grabs a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Hearts 1-0 Aberdeen.
1:57 Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Hartley, Ruben Palazuelos manages to make a clearance.
0:08 Jerel Ifil fouled by Kevin Kyle, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
0:00 The referee gets the match started.
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