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The referee brings the game to a close.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Vujadinovic. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
(Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Nikola Vujadinovic coming on for Clark Robertson.
Calum Elliot takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Booking for Kevin Kyle for unsporting behaviour. Zander Diamond fouled by Kevin Kyle, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Kyle. Andrew Considine takes the indirect free kick.
Peter Pawlett crosses the ball, clearance by Ismael Bouzid.
Inswinging corner taken by Rudolf Skacel, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.
A goal is scored by Arvydas Novikovas from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Hearts 5-0 Aberdeen.Assist on the goal came from Kevin Kyle.
Stephen Elliott leaves the field to be replaced by Calum Elliot.
Rudolf Skacel produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Marius Zaliukas on Peter Pawlett, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Clark Robertson is cautioned. Arvydas Novikovas comes on in place of David Templeton. Ryan Stevenson comes on in place of Ian Black. Andrius Velicka comes on in place of Chris Maguire. Foul by Clark Robertson on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Rudolf Skacel takes the free kick.
Rudolf Skacel takes a shot.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Hartley, clearance made by Ruben Palazuelos.
The official flags Scott Vernon offside. Marius Zaliukas takes the indirect free kick.
Shot by Rudolf Skacel from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Sone Aluko takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Marius Zaliukas concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Maguire. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
Peter Pawlett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yoann Folly. Paul Hartley takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Marius Zaliukas.
Derek Young takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Clark Robertson challenges Eggert Jonsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rudolf Skacel takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Stephen Elliott. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
Goal scored by Rudolf Skacel from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Hearts 4-0 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from David Templeton.
David Templeton concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerel Ifil. Paul Hartley produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Eggert Jonsson takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Paul Hartley is booked.
Stephen Elliott grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Hearts 3-0 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Ruben Palazuelos.
Sone Aluko is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
David Templeton fouled by Derek Young, the ref awards a free kick. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.
The referee gets the second half started.
The referee blows for half time.
Kevin Kyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
Adrian Mrowiec fouled by Derek Young, the ref awards a free kick. Rudolf Skacel takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rudolf Skacel by Chris Maguire. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Inswinging 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.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon by Ismael Bouzid. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
The referee shows Stephen Elliott a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Stephen Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Ruben Palazuelos crosses the ball, Kevin Kyle takes a shot.
Foul by Jerel Ifil on David Templeton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Rudolf Skacel.
The ball is swung over by David Templeton.
Chris Maguire takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
Marius Zaliukas is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sone Aluko.
A cross is delivered by Ian Black, Jerel Ifil manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Derek Young by Kevin Kyle results in a free kick. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Rudolf Skacel from the left by-line, Stephen Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clark Robertson. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line, clearance made by Scott Vernon.
David Templeton takes a shot. Zander Diamond manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Zander Diamond. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Adrian Mrowiec challenges Derek Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Stephen Elliott offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Ian Black fouled by Scott Vernon, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Black takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Derek Young.
Ian Black takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken by Rudolf Skacel from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Scott Vernon.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Hartley, Marian Kello makes a save.
The referee shows Ian Black a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Kyle by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Rudolf Skacel.
Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Kyle. Ian Black takes the direct free kick.
Rudolf Skacel scores a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Hearts 2-0 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Kevin Kyle.
David Templeton gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Hearts 1-0 Aberdeen.Assist on the goal came from Rudolf Skacel.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Hartley, clearance by Ruben Palazuelos.
Jerel Ifil fouled by Kevin Kyle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
The match gets underway.
Jambos trio get closer to action
Hearts have no fresh concerns as they prepare for their first match in more than two weeks against Aberdeen in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Lee Wallace (knee), Andrew Driver (thigh) and David Obua (groin) have stepped up their training in the weather-enforced break and are nearing returns.
Suso Santana (knee) and Jason Thomson (ankle) remain out.
Jim Jefferies is set to meet Craig Brown a few days earlier than anticipated.
Hearts boss Jefferies was expecting to meet the former Scotland chief next Tuesday at Fir Park, but after Brown's departure from Motherwell was confirmed the duo are set to lock horns at Tynecastle.
Jefferies praised the ambition of Brown and his assistant Archie Knox - Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Pittodrie in the 1980s - to try to rejuvenate Aberdeen, joint bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Ahead of the first match of 70-year-old Brown's reign as Dons boss, Jefferies said: "He's ambitious at 70 - fantastic isn't it?
"He's a football man and a terrific bloke.
"It's terrific that they've got that will, drive and they know that Aberdeen are a big club.
"It seems to be the older you get the more you're in demand.
"Initially he came out and said it wasn't for him but he's a great appointment for them.
"With Archie having the connection and the size of the club - it's a great appointment for Aberdeen."
Brown is set to be confirmed as successor to Mark McGhee as manager, with Neil Cooper and Neil Simpson having taken charge of the first team in the interim.
Jefferies has not been surprised by events at Pittodrie.
"A couple of weeks ago things were looking bleak for him (McGhee)," added the Hearts boss.
"We knew even without the manager they'd be in a different mindset.
"They'll be eager to get out and show. There's always a reaction (in front of a new manager).
"We know it will be a tough match and if we show the same form and the same application then it will be a difficult game for Aberdeen."
Peter Pawlett (toe) and Nikola Vujadinovic (hamstring) return for Aberdeen following injury .
However, Northern Ireland defender Rory McArdle is suspended again.
Fraser Fyvie and Darren Mackie both remain on the sidelines with long-term knee injuries.
Dons thrashed as Brown gets rude awakening
The scale of the task facing Craig Brown at Aberdeen was confirmed as the dire Dons slumped to a comprehensive 5-0 defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle to remain languishing at the foot of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table.
Former Scotland boss Brown and his assistant Archie Knox quit Motherwell on Thursday, agreeing two-and-a-half-year deals at Pittodrie on Friday, but after nine minutes they may wish they had stayed at Fir Park after goals from David Templeton and Rudi Skacel.
Stephen Elliott, Skacel and substitute Arvydas Novikovas were on target in the second half to propel Hearts to a fifth straight win to consolidate their third-placed position behind Rangers and Celtic.
For Aberdeen it was a 12th loss of the season and a seventh in succession, leaving them level with Hamilton at the foot of the SPL, with Accies having a game in-hand and now a better goal difference.
Hearts were playing for the first time since November 20 having twice been thwarted by the arctic weather before a thaw allowed today's game to go ahead.
A trip to Motherwell was rearranged for next Tuesday, where Hearts manager Jim Jefferies was expecting to see Brown, but the duo met a few days earlier.
Brown's first match in charge of Well was also at Tynecastle, losing 1-0 on December 30, 2009.
Almost a year on, 70-year-old Brown and Knox - assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson as Aberdeen enjoyed domestic and European success in the 1980s - were tasked with revitalising the Dons, who parted company with Mark McGhee earlier this month.
Brown and Knox watched from the stand as Neil Simpson and Neil Cooper took charge today, but the depth of the Dons' predicament was soon confirmed as Hearts went 2-0 up inside nine minutes.
After Zander Diamond flashed a header wide, Hearts took a fifth-minute lead through Templeton.
Skacel and Templeton combined on the left and Chris Maguire's clumsy challenge could have seen the hosts awarded a penalty.
Templeton, though, with Elliott nearby, hooked the ball in despite the presence of two defenders on the line.
Templeton was to the fore for the second, running down the left before playing a ball across the area for Skacel to side foot in.
Skacel and Ian Black were both booked after a free-kick taken too quickly for referee Mike Tumilty's liking, the latter for dissent having pointed out it was he not his team-mate who had taken the kick before the whistle.
Templeton then flashed a shot across goal narrowly wide as he continued to trouble Dons right back Jerel Ifil.
Hearts continued to dominate, with the Dons poor and Brown was seen at the touchline consulting with Cooper and Simpson even before the half-time whistle, working out how to overturn the deficit.
Two Hearts goals soon after the restart all but confirmed defeat for Brown and the Dons.
After 51 minutes, Marius Zaliukas won the ball at the halfway line under the challenge of Paul Hartley, the ball was worked wide to the left and Palazuelos' cross was perfectly weighted for Elliott to stoop low and head in.
Hearts cut through the desperate Dons defence once again seven minutes later to net a fourth.
Adrian Mrowiec's cross from the right found Templeton, who might have scored himself but he squared the ball for Skacel to tuck in unopposed from a yard out.
It was the Czech Republic midfielder's seventh of the season since beginning his second spell at Tynecastle in September.
Jamie Langfield denied Skacel a third, racing off his line to save at the Hearts midfielder's feet after Kyle's flick on before Hearts netted a fifth.
Novikovas scored seven minutes after coming on as a substitute for Templeton.
The Lithuanian netted a fine individual goal, cutting in off the wing and firing a right-foot shot into the top corner after 77 minutes.
Substitute Calum Elliot lofted the ball over as Hearts went close to a sixth but Jefferies' men had to settle for five.
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