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David Templeton has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Gavin Skelton gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Driver by Mark Carrington results in a free kick. Andrew Driver restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against David Elebert. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Marco Paixao from the right by-line to the near post, save by Marian Kello.
The referee blows for offside against Mickael Antoine-Curier. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Ruben Palazuelos challenges Flavio Paixao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Carrington.
Marco Paixao takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by David Templeton.
Corner taken right-footed by Marco Paixao from the left by-line, Eggert Jonsson manages to make a clearance.
Andy Webster challenges Flavio Paixao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Flavio Paixao crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Lee Wallace.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
Foul by Mark Carrington on David Templeton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adrian Mrowiec.
Adrian Mrowiec is brought on as a substitute for Ian Black.
Unfair challenge on Andy Webster by Mickael Antoine-Curier results in a free kick. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Mickael Antoine-Curier. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
Flavio Paixao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Webster. Andy Webster takes the free kick.
Shot by James McAlister. Marian Kello makes a save.
David Templeton replaces Suso Santana. (Hearts) makes a substitution, with Andrew Driver coming on for Craig Thomson.
Foul by James McAlister on Eggert Jonsson, free kick awarded. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
Flavio Paixao fouled by Eggert Jonsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Carrington.
Rudolf Skacel takes a inswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Flavio Paixao on Suso Santana. Craig Thomson takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Craig Thomson from the left by-line played to the near post.
Effort on goal by Stephen Elliott from 25 yards. Save made by Tomas Cerny.
Lee Wallace concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathon Routledge. Marco Paixao crosses the ball in from the free kick, Craig Thomson makes a clearance.
Marco Paixao on for Douglas Imrie.
Jonathon Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Black. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Foul by Lee Wallace on Martin Canning, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by Flavio Paixao, David Elebert takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Stephen Elliott finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Hamilton 0-2 Hearts.Assist on the goal came from Marius Zaliukas.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Rudolf Skacel, Marius Zaliukas takes a shot. Stephen Elliott gets a block in.
Flavio Paixao on for Ziggy Gordon. Mark Carrington on for David Buchanan.
David Elebert goes into the book. Lee Wallace fouled by David Elebert, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Thomson, Ziggy Gordon makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rudolf Skacel on Gavin Skelton. Free kick taken by Gavin Skelton.
Corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line, save made by Tomas Cerny.
Ruben Palazuelos takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Canning.
Foul by Jonathon Routledge on Marius Zaliukas, free kick awarded. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ziggy Gordon by Lee Wallace. Direct free kick taken by Martin Canning.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel played to the near post, Mickael Antoine-Curier makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on David Buchanan by Stephen Elliott results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
Corner taken by Craig Thomson, Effort on goal by Andy Webster from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Craig Thomson fouled by Douglas Imrie, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Thomson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from own half, Mark McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.
Craig Thomson has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Suso Santana fouled by Gavin Skelton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Suso Santana.
Martin Canning has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
Ian Black shown a yellow card. Ian Black challenges Douglas Imrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.
Suso Santana challenges Gavin Skelton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
Suso Santana takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Canning.
Stephen Elliott finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Hamilton 0-1 Hearts.Assist by Lee Wallace.
Foul by Craig Thomson on Douglas Imrie, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Douglas Imrie.
Corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line, Eggert Jonsson has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Eggert Jonsson on David Buchanan. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.
Mickael Antoine-Curier is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andy Webster takes the indirect free kick.
Martin Canning is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rudolf Skacel by Martin Canning. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Thomson from left channel, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
Accies in the clear
Hamilton have no fresh injury worries for their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Hearts at New Douglas Park.
The Accies go into the game looking for their first home SPL win of the season.
Long-term casualties Alex Neil (hip) and James Gibson (knee) both remain on the sidelines.
Andy Webster could make his second debut for Hearts.
The Scotland defender, who returned to Tynecastle last week following an acrimonious departure in 2006, is in contention to start, but striker Kevin Kyle remains doubtful with a groin problem.
Calum Elliot (knee), Suso Santana and David Obua are also doubtful.
Defender Eggert Jonsson concedes Hearts are now playing to consolidate third place after recent defeats to Celtic and Rangers.
Hearts sit 12 points above fourth-placed Kilmarnock but trail leaders Celtic by 10 points and Rangers by five. Rangers have two games in hand on their Old Firm rivals.
An 11-match unbeaten league run which led some observers to suggest Hearts could challenge for the title was brought to a halt by a 4-0 loss at Celtic before Rangers inflicted a further defeat in Hearts' most recent match.
Jonsson said: "We were hoping to be able to get results against them and put ourselves right into the mix. Unfortunately we didn't manage to do that.
"But that's all in the past now. We're looking forward to the next games and we need to get ourselves going again and hopefully get on another run."
Hearts conceded early goals in each match in Glasgow against each side of the Old Firm.
Jonsson added: "In those two games it never really looked like we were going to get something, especially the Celtic game, we had a bad day.
"But in the games that are coming up now we want to show everyone what we can do and these are important games to make sure we get back to winning ways and secure third place."
Jonsson did not rule out a title challenge but knows Hearts are reliant on Celtic and Rangers slipping up.
Asked if Hearts can catch the Old Firm, he said: "If they start losing points we can, if we go and win seven games in a row.
"But they're in a good position now. We need them to slip up to get back into it.
"But we're looking at the positives. We hope to get on another run and see where it takes us."
Elliott at the double for Hearts
A Stephen Elliott brace gave Hearts a comfortable 2-0 win over Clydesdale Bank Premier League bottom side Hamilton at New Douglas Park.
The visitors dominated from the first whistle and there was no surprise when the Irishman headed the Gorgie side into the lead in the 22nd minute from a Lee Wallace cross.
The first 45 minutes showed why Accies had failed to win a home league game this season and that record was kept intact a minute after the break when Elliott deflected in a Marius Zaliukas header from a Rudi Skacel corner.
Billy Reid's men had looked forlorn in the first half when they were completely outplayed and, although they improved after the interval, in the end it proved to be one of Hearts' easiest wins of the season and provides further evidence for those who believe the Lanarkshire side are on the slide.
Pre-match interest surrounded Andy Webster, who was making his second debut for the Tynecastle side.
The big defender, who returned to his former club after being released by Rangers on transfer deadline day, replaced Ismael Bouzid while Wallace came in for Adrian Mrowiec.
While Webster could have spent the first half back at Ibrox watching Rangers play Motherwell, such was the lack of threat from the Lanarkshire side, Wallace was key to the Jambos' superiority.
The Scotland left-back helped the Gorgie men dominate possession as Accies shaped up in a defensive formation which hinted at a long afternoon for the suffering Hamilton fans.
Mickael Antoine-Curier was Accies' lone striker and he had virtually no support in the opening stages as Hearts kept the ball albeit without threatening New Douglas Park goalkeeper Tomas Cerny.
In the 16th minute Jim McAlister dispossessed Wallace as he raced down the left but the home side's promising break, their first of the match, ended with the Accies midfielder overplaying his cross to the back post.
Moments later, at the other end, Tynecastle midfielder Eggert Jonsson headed over from a Skacel corner.
There was almost an inevitability about Elliott's opener after 22 minutes.
Jonsson fed Wallace down the left and when another great cross from the Gorgie defender came into the box the Irishman dipped his headed to flick the ball past Cerny from 12 yards.
It was just reward for the Edinburgh team's superiority and a sorry looking Accies side seemed incapable of responding.
Just after the half-hour mark, as Hearts swarmed around the Hamilton box again, defender Craig Thomson drilled a low shot just past the far post.
Then, Jonsson was at the back to post to meet a lofted Thomson corner from the left but volleyed high over.
Hearts did grab their second in the opening moments of the second half, Elliott deflecting in a Zaliukas header from Skacel's corner.
In the 73rd minute McAlister had another left-footed effort from the edge of the box but Marian Kello confidently smothered.
Hearts clearly thought the points were in the bag as the game entered its closing stages - to the annoyance of their bench, who urged an increase in energy.
Accies huffed and puffed but the goal did not arrive.
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