Hearts consolidated third place in the Scottish Premier League with a comfortable victory away to Hamilton.
A close-range Stephen Elliott header gave Hearts a 22nd-minute lead after Lee Wallace had broken free down the left-hand side.
The Irishman doubled his tally and Hearts' lead with another header 30 seconds into the second half.
Accies rarely threatened, although Jim McAlister and Jonathon Routledge both had efforts denied in the second half.
The defeat means Accies remain at the foot of the table, having failed to win a home league game this season, while Hearts have now firmly cemented third place behind Rangers and Celtic.
New signing Andy Webster made his second debut for the visitors, replacing Ismael Bouzid, while Lee Wallace came in for Adrian Mrowiec.
Hamilton made four changes to the side that lost at home to Dundee United in the Scottish Cup last week, with Marco Paixao, Mark Carrington and Andy Graham dropping down to the bench and Lee Kilday left out altogether.
In came David Elebert, Gavin Skelton, McAlister and 17-year-old defender Ziggy Gordon.
Mickael Antoine-Curier was Accies' lone striker, but he had almost no support in the opening stages as Hearts held on to possession.
In the 16th minute, McAlister dispossessed Wallace but ended up sending his cross to an empty back post.
Moments later at the other end, Tynecastle midfielder Eggert Jonsson headed over from a Rudi Skacel corner.
It was a full 22 minutes before any significant action surfaced with both sides playing at a fairly pedestrian pace - Elliott leaping on to a Wallace cross to head in from six yards out and putting the visitors into the lead.
With 30 minutes played, Craig Thomson fired a powerful shot wide of the Accies goal as the visitors went in search of a second goal at New Douglas Park.
Five minutes from the interval, Ruben Palazuelos fired a shot towards goal but was denied by Accies keeper Tomas Cerny.
Barely 30 seconds after the re-start, Marius Zaliukas was the provider as Elliott doubled Hearts' lead with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box.
Hearts keeper Marian Kello was called into action in the 50th minute for the first time when he made a fine save from Elebert's close-range header following an in-swinging cross from Flavio Paixao.
Jim Jefferies' men continued to pile on the pressure and, shortly before the hour mark, Elliott fired in a shot from 25 yards out as he attempted to bag a hat-trick, but Cerny tipped the ball over the bar.
McAlister tested the Hearts keeper Marian Kello, then Routledge broke through the Hearts defence in a rare Accies attack with 15 minutes remaining, but his effort sailed wide of the mark.
Hearts continued to dominate play and Accies seemed frustrated as the visitors casually knocked the ball about in a bid to see out time.
A flurry of late corners for the hosts failed to inspire Billy Reid's men to pick up a consolation, allowing Hearts to keep a clean sheet and take home all three points.
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Saturday, 12 February 2011
04 Canning yellow card
12 Buchanan (Carrington 46)
25 Elebert yellow card
34 Gordon (Flavio Paixao 46)
07 Imrie (Paixao 54)
18 Flavio Paixao,
24 Thomson (Driver 70)
07 Suso Santana (Templeton 69)
08 Black yellow card (Mrowiec 80)
21 Ismael Bouzid,
Ref: O'ReillyAtt: 2,876
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:25 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+2:53 David Templeton takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Gavin Skelton.
90:00+2:20 Foul by Mark Carrington on Andrew Driver, free kick awarded. Andrew Driver takes the direct free kick.
90:00+0:49 The assistant referee flags for offside against David Elebert. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
90:00+0:12 Corner taken right-footed by Marco Paixao from the right by-line to the near post, save by Marian Kello.
88:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Mickael Antoine-Curier. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
88:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Flavio Paixao by Ruben Palazuelos. Mark Carrington takes the free kick.
85:57 Marco Paixao takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by David Templeton.
84:43 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Marco Paixao from the left by-line, clearance by Eggert Jonsson.
81:58 Andy Webster concedes a free kick for a foul on Flavio Paixao. Flavio Paixao crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from left channel, clearance made by Lee Wallace.
81:14 Stephen Elliott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
80:42 David Templeton fouled by Mark Carrington, the ref awards a free kick. Adrian Mrowiec restarts play with the free kick.
79:41 Substitution Adrian Mrowiec on for Ian Black.
77:56 Mickael Antoine-Curier concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Webster. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
76:59 Mickael Antoine-Curier is caught offside. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
74:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Flavio Paixao on Andy Webster. Andy Webster takes the direct free kick.
73:02 Shot by James McAlister. Save by Marian Kello.
71:15 The referee blows for offside. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
68:56 Substitution Andrew Driver on for Craig Thomson.
68:56 Substitution (Hearts) makes a substitution, with David Templeton coming on for Suso Santana.
64:42 James McAlister concedes a free kick for a foul on Eggert Jonsson. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
63:39 Eggert Jonsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Flavio Paixao. Free kick taken by Mark Carrington.
61:16 Inswinging corner taken by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line played to the near post.
58:53 Suso Santana fouled by Flavio Paixao, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
57:01 Craig Thomson takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
56:41 Stephen Elliott takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Tomas Cerny.
56:12 Lee Wallace concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathon Routledge. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marco Paixao from own
half, Craig Thomson makes a clearance.
53:55 Substitution Marco Paixao is brought on as a substitute for Douglas Imrie.
52:12 Foul by Jonathon Routledge on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.
48:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Canning by Lee Wallace. The ball is crossed by Flavio Paixao, David Elebert
takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
46:27 Assist by Marius Zaliukas.
46:27 GOAL - Stephen Elliott:Hamilton 0 - 2 Hearts Stephen Elliott finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Hamilton 0-2 Hearts.
45:20 Corner taken right-footed by Rudolf Skacel, Marius Zaliukas takes a shot. Stephen Elliott gets a block in.
45:01 The referee starts the second half.
45:01 Substitution (Hamilton) makes a substitution, with Mark Carrington coming on for David Buchanan.
45:01 Substitution Flavio Paixao joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ziggy Gordon.
45:00+0:21 The ref blows to signal half-time.
44:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Skelton by Craig Thomson. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
44:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Wallace by David Elebert. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig
Thomson, clearance by Ziggy Gordon.
44:10 Booking David Elebert goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
39:45 Rudolf Skacel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Skelton. Free kick taken by Gavin Skelton.
39:18 Corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel, save by Tomas Cerny.
Correction - 39:03 Ruben Palazuelos takes a shot. Martin Canning gets a block in.
39:03 Ruben Palazuelos takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Canning.
37:10 Marius Zaliukas fouled by Jonathon Routledge, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
36:35 Ziggy Gordon fouled by Lee Wallace, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Canning takes the free kick.
35:27 Corner taken by Rudolf Skacel played to the near post, clearance made by Mickael Antoine-Curier.
33:57 Stephen Elliott challenges David Buchanan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
32:37 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the left by-line, Andy Webster produces a right-footed shot from inside the
area that goes over the bar.
32:01 Douglas Imrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Thomson. Craig Thomson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from own half, Mark McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.
31:07 Craig Thomson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
28:19 Gavin Skelton challenges Suso Santana unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Suso Santana.
27:46 Header from close in by Martin Canning misses to the right of the target.
25:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Ian Black. Douglas Imrie takes the direct free kick.
25:46 Booking Ian Black is booked.
24:25 Suso Santana challenges Gavin Skelton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
23:38 Suso Santana takes a shot. Martin Canning gets a block in.
21:28 Lee Wallace provided the assist for the goal.
21:28 GOAL - Stephen Elliott:Hamilton 0 - 1 Hearts Stephen Elliott finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Hamilton 0-1 Hearts.
18:52 Foul by Craig Thomson on Douglas Imrie, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Douglas Imrie.
15:17 Corner taken by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line, Eggert Jonsson has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
11:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Eggert Jonsson on David Buchanan. Martin Canning takes the direct free kick.
8:27 The official flags Mickael Antoine-Curier offside. Andy Webster takes the free kick.
7:19 Martin Canning concedes a free kick for a foul on Rudolf Skacel. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Craig Thomson
from left channel, save by Tomas Cerny.
7:19 Booking Martin Canning is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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