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  • Date:24 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:13:00
  • Venue:Tynecastle Stadium
  • Attendance:13,300
  • Black (16) Elliott (27)
Goal!

Live Commentary

95mins

Ryan McGowan fouled by Shaun Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.

95mins

Foul by Darren Barr on Omar Daley, free kick awarded. Stephen Craigan takes the direct free kick.

93mins

Rudi Skacel decides to take a short corner.

92mins

The referee blows for offside against Rudi Skacel. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

91mins

Effort on goal by Mehdi Taouil from a long way out goes over the bar.

90mins

Mehdi Taouil fouled by Stewart Carswell, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan McGowan.

87mins

Corner taken by Mehdi Taouil from the left by-line.

86mins

Andrew Driver crosses the ball, save by Darren Randolph.

85mins

Rudi Skacel is brought on as a substitute for Ian Black.

85mins

Mehdi Taouil sends in a cross.

84mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan McGowan by Nicky Law. Mehdi Taouil produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

84mins

The ball is delivered by Mehdi Taouil, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.

82mins

Ian Black sends in a cross, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.

82mins

Corner taken short by Ian Black.

81mins

Andy Webster challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stevie Hammell, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.

80mins

Scott Robinson produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

80mins

Stewart Carswell challenges Darren Barr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ian Black from right wing, clearance made by Tom Hateley.

78mins

The ball is delivered by Mehdi Taouil, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.

78mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Black by Omar Daley. Direct free kick taken by Ian Black.

76mins

Keith Lasley fouled by Darren Barr, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley has an effort direct from the free kick.

74mins

The ball is crossed by Robert McHugh, Marian Kello makes a save.

71mins

Darren Barr comes on in place of Jamie Hamill.

66mins

Stewart Carswell challenges Scott Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.

65mins

Stephen Hughes goes off and Stewart Carswell comes on. Jamie Murphy leaves the field to be replaced by Robert McHugh.

64mins

Scott Robinson fouled by Omar Daley, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ian Black, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.

63mins

Stephen Hughes challenges Jamie Hamill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Hughes is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ian Black.

62mins

Stephen Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Hutchinson. David Templeton goes off and Andrew Driver comes on. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

60mins

Mehdi Taouil sends in a cross.

60mins

Foul by Nicky Law on Ryan McGowan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ian Black.

59mins

David Templeton takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

57mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan McGowan by Tom Hateley. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ian Black, Stephen Hughes manages to make a clearance.

54mins

Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley, save made by Marian Kello.

53mins

Header from close range by Stephen Elliott misses to the right of the target.

52mins

Ian Black decides to take the corner short.

52mins

Ryan McGowan takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Hateley.

49mins

Effort from just outside the area by Ian Black goes over the bar.

46mins

Jamie Hamill crosses the ball, save by Darren Randolph.

46mins

Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

44mins

Omar Daley crosses the ball, save by Marian Kello.

43mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ian Black from the left by-line, Andy Webster has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

41mins

Corner taken by Ian Black from the left by-line, Headed effort on goal by Ryan McGowan from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

40mins

Mehdi Taouil challenges Keith Lasley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

39mins

Unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Stevie Hammell results in a free kick. Ian Black delivers the ball, Header by Andy Webster from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

38mins

Michael Higdon goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

35mins

Jamie Murphy produces a cross.

34mins

Effort from just outside the area by Scott Robinson goes over the bar.

31mins

Jamie Murphy crosses the ball, save by Marian Kello.

29mins

Michael Higdon challenges Marius Zaliukas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.

28mins

Stephen Elliott gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 2-0 Motherwell.Assist on the goal came from David Templeton.

26mins

David Templeton is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.

25mins

David Templeton produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

21mins

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line to the near post, save by Marian Kello.

21mins

Stevie Hammell produces a cross, Jamie Hamill gets a block in.

19mins

Effort on goal by Stephen Hughes from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

17mins

Ian Black scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 Motherwell.

17mins

David Templeton takes a shot. Stephen Craigan gets a block in.

13mins

Stephen Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Robinson. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.

10mins

Stephen Craigan challenges Stephen Elliott unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ian Black from right channel, clearance made by Keith Lasley.

9mins

David Templeton takes a shot. Tom Hateley manages to make a clearance.

6mins

Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

5mins

Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Stephen Hughes results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.

3mins

Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.

Match Preview

Stevenson unavailable for Hearts Midfielder Ryan Stevenson is set to miss the Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixture between Hearts and Motherwell over his ongoing frustrations with events at Tynecastle. Winger Andrew Driver, though, could figure despite last weekend telling manager Paulo Sergio he no longer wished to be considered for selection, while David Templeton could miss out following illness. Defenders Danny Grainger, Darren Barr (both groin) and long-term absentees Kevin Kyle, Gary Glen and Suso Santana remain out. Steve Jennings is suspended for Motherwell. The midfielder received a retrospective two-match ban from the Scottish Football Association following a clash with St Mirren's Jim Goodwin last weekend. Long-term injury victim Steven Saunders (Achilles) is the only other player on the sidelines. Motherwell manager Stuart McCall vowed to move on after Jennings was suspended. Well unsuccessfully challenged a two-match suspension offered to the midfielder. After being barged in the back, Jennings raised his hand to the St Mirren midfielder's face before being punched in the stomach. Jennings claimed he was deliberately hit in the face by Celtic striker Gary Hooper in September, but that incident was not studied by the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer. However, McCall is more concerned with maintaining third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League than getting too embroiled in the debate over the SFA's new disciplinary process. The consistency of the system was recently criticised by Rangers manager Ally McCoist after Sone Aluko was banned for diving despite a previous tribunal clearing Hibernian striker Garry O'Connor. But McCall said: "It's disappointing but that's what has happened and that's where the game is going. It's not something I held my breath about. "I don't think anyone in football thought Garry O'Connor would get off with his dive but he did. "It's always worth an appeal. We thought we had a little chance, we didn't think it was worth a two-game ban. But you take your medicine, like it or not, and we move on. "The disappointing thing is Jenno has really been on top of his game, probably as well as he's played since I've been at the club. "So he will be a big miss but whoever comes in will hopefully do well."

Formation:451Manager: Paulo Sergio

Hearts

Formation: 4411Manager: Stuart McCall

Motherwell

  • Marian Kello
  • Jamie Hamill
  • Andy Webster
  • Marius Zaliukas
  • Ryan McGowan
  • Mehdi Taouil
  • Adrian Mrowiec
  • Ian Black
  • Scott Robinson
  • David Templeton
  • Stephen Elliott
  • SUBS
  • Jamie MacDonald
  • Darren Barr
  • Andrew Driver
  • David Obua
  • Arvydas Novikovas
  • Rudi Skacel
  • Jonathan Stewart

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Match Report

Hearts warmed by Christmas cheer Hearts again defied their off-field troubles by moving within six points of third-placed Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 2-0 win at Tynecastle. Ian Black, who has been working as a painter and decorator recently due to Hearts' money worries, netted from the edge of the area after 17 minutes and Stephen Elliott tapped in a second after 28 minutes following a good David Templeton run. Hearts full-back Jamie Hamill was carried off on a stretcher midway through the second half of a match in which Motherwell struggled and slumped to their second away loss of the season. The result saw Hearts manager Paulo Sergio celebrate his return to the dugout following a five-match touchline ban with a third win from nine matches since the first team first suffered delayed payment of their wages. Hearts named an unchanged team following the 4-0 defeat of Dunfermline, with Templeton retained despite being ill during the week. He gave Tom Hateley a torrid time in the first half, the Well right-back suffering the indignity of falling on his backside while trying to track his opponent. While much of Templeton's play was good, Hateley was poor and was often left exposed against the winger, who had support from full-back Ryan McGowan. After having a hand in both goals, Templeton was withdrawn after 62 minutes and replaced by Andrew Driver. Driver was left out of the squad against the Pars following talks with Sergio, but on Thursday denied he had refused to play under the Portuguese and returned to the bench. However, Ryan Stevenson was missing, the midfielder having taken a self-imposed leave of absence due to his frustrations with ongoing events at Tynecastle. Hearts' first-team squad are still awaiting their December wages and, with their salaries overdue for a third successive month, Stevenson opted to take time out to consider his position. How John Sutton, who was ill, must wish he had not swapped Fir Park for Tynecastle last summer. Michael Higdon, who replaced Sutton at Well, had the game's first shot, with Marian Kello making a comfortable save. Hearts then began to get on top and Darren Randolph reacted well to save a Templeton shot which had ricocheted off Shaun Hutchinson. Templeton then skipped past Hateley on the left before having a shot blocked. The rebound fell for Black, who made space for himself on the edge of the box and hit a shot into the bottom corner. Templeton hit a shot from 30 yards narrowly over before his blistering pace took him by Hateley again. The Hearts winger surged into the area and threaded a cross through for Elliott to tap in at the back post. An attempted Omar Daley cross struck the post as Well attempted to find a route back into the game before half-time. But Hateley's troubles continued after the restart. He fell attempting to intercept a cross-field pass to Templeton, who went on to shoot from a narrow angle which did not trouble Randolph. It was his final action as Driver came on to applause and some muted booing. Hearts were forced into another change when Hamill went to ground and was seen clutching his left ankle before being carried off on a stretcher. Darren Barr came on after a lengthy delay and was soon penalised for fouling Keith Lasley on the edge of the Hearts area. Hateley fired the subsequent free-kick over. Driver, playing on the right, drilled in a cross which Well diverted for a corner and Mehdi Taouil shot over as Hearts went in search of a third. But the hosts instead settled for three points in their final home game of an eventful 2011.

Form Guide

    DLWLLW
  • Hearts
  • VS
  • Motherwell
  • WLWDWD

Last Meetings

  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 07/08/2011
  • Hearts
  • 3 - 3
  • Motherwell
  • 23/04/2011
  • Hearts
  • 0 - 0
  • Motherwell
  • 09/04/2011
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 2
  • Hearts
  • 14/12/2010
  • Hearts
  • 0 - 2
  • Motherwell
  • 25/09/2010
  • Hearts
  • 0 - 2
  • Motherwell
  • 24/04/2010

Top Scorers

Hearts

  • R Skacel 4
  • A Webster 2
  • R Stevenson 2
  • J Sutton 2
  • M Taouil 2
  • S Elliott 2
  • D Obua 1
  • D Templeton 1
  • A Novikovas 1

Motherwell

  • M Higdon 6
  • J Murphy 6
  • K Lasley 3
  • O Daley 2
  • T Hateley 2
  • S Hammell 1
  • C Humphrey 1
  • R McHugh 1
  • S Hutchinson 1

Goals

Hearts

    • Total goals 34
    • Goals per game 20
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 81-90 mins

Motherwell

    • Total goals 38
    • Goals per game 24
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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