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  • Date:23 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:12:30
  • Venue:Tynecastle Stadium
  • Attendance:15,495
  • Naismith (20) Jelavic (73)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Short corner taken by Mehdi Taouil from the right by-line.

93mins

Gordon Smith takes a shot. Carlos Bocanegra gets a block in.

90mins

Marius Zaliukas challenges Steven Naismith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marius Zaliukas booked. Steven Davis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

87mins

Steven Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Mehdi Taouil. Mehdi Taouil takes the direct free kick.

83mins

Steven Naismith fouled by Ian Black, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Black is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Gordon Smith comes on in place of Ian Black. David Obua joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rudi Skacel. Carlos Bocanegra restarts play with the free kick.

82mins

The ball is crossed by Ian Black, clearance made by Steven Davis.

80mins

Dorin Goian fouled by Ryan Stevenson, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.

79mins

The offside flag is raised against Nikica Jelavic. Mehdi Taouil joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eggert Jonsson. Marian Kello takes the free kick.

77mins

Kirk Broadfoot is brought on as a substitute for Steven Whittaker.

76mins

Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

76mins

Steven Davis takes a shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Marius Zaliukas.

74mins

Nikica Jelavic scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 0-2 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Carlos Bocanegra.

72mins

(Rangers) makes a substitution, with Gregg Wylde coming on for Sasa Papac. Kyle Lafferty goes off and Nikica Jelavic comes on.

71mins

Corner taken by Jamie Hamill played to the near post, clearance by Kyle Lafferty.

69mins

Dorin Goian concedes a free kick for a foul on David Templeton. Dorin Goian goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Centre by Jamie Hamill, Header by Marius Zaliukas from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

68mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Wallace by Adrian Mrowiec. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

68mins

David Templeton takes a shot. Blocked by Dorin Goian.

67mins

Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Maurice Edu.

66mins

Adrian Mrowiec produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

63mins

Adrian Mrowiec is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

62mins

Eggert Jonsson takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

55mins

Lee Wallace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mrowiec. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.

54mins

Steven Davis fouled by Eggert Jonsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis from left channel, Eggert Jonsson makes a clearance.

53mins

Ian Black challenges Steven Whittaker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.

53mins

Lee Wallace challenges Andy Webster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.

50mins

Volleyed right-footed shot by Eggert Jonsson. Carlos Bocanegra gets a block in.

50mins

The ball is sent over by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Carlos Bocanegra.

49mins

Adrian Mrowiec produces a cross.

48mins

Unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas by Maurice Edu results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.

45mins

Kyle Lafferty concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Webster. Marian Kello takes the direct free kick.

45mins

The referee gives a free kick against Ryan Stevenson for handball. Ryan Stevenson is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

45mins

A cross is delivered by Ryan Stevenson, clearance made by Dorin Goian.

44mins

Rudi Skacel takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

43mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jamie Hamill, clearance by Carlos Bocanegra.

41mins

Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Marius Zaliukas, free kick awarded. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.

40mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against David Templeton. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.

39mins

Steven Naismith challenges Marius Zaliukas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marian Kello takes the free kick.

38mins

Lee Wallace challenges Jamie Hamill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball in from the free kick, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.

38mins

Steven Naismith is ruled offside. Marian Kello takes the free kick.

35mins

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, Maurice Edu produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

34mins

The referee penalises Lee Wallace for handball. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.

33mins

Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Maurice Edu results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.

32mins

Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Lee McCulloch results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.

31mins

Daniel Grainger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu. The referee shows Daniel Grainger a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Bocanegra.

30mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Bocanegra by David Templeton. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

29mins

Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.

28mins

Centre by Eggert Jonsson.

27mins

Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Blocked by Dorin Goian.

27mins

Daniel Grainger takes a shot. Carlos Bocanegra gets a block in.

26mins

Short corner worked by Jamie Hamill.

25mins

The official flags Kyle Lafferty offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.

23mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Templeton on Steven Davis. Steven Davis crosses the ball in from the free kick, Adrian Mrowiec makes a clearance.

23mins

Ian Black gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Bocanegra.

21mins

Steven Naismith scores a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Hearts 0-1 Rangers.Assist by Steven Whittaker.

19mins

Inswinging corner taken by Sasa Papac, Header from deep inside the area by Lee McCulloch goes over the bar.

17mins

Carlos Bocanegra is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Daniel Grainger fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

14mins

The ball is sent over by Jamie Hamill.

14mins

Daniel Grainger produces a cross, clearance by Carlos Bocanegra.

12mins

Ian Black concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Whittaker. Steven Davis takes the free kick.

11mins

Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Hamill from the left by-line, Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Dorin Goian gets a block in.

10mins

Steven Whittaker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Templeton. Steven Whittaker goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. David Templeton takes the direct free kick.

9mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis played to the near post, Shot from deep inside the area by Maurice Edu goes over the bar.

9mins

Maurice Edu takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Grainger.

8mins

Ian Black challenges Maurice Edu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Davis takes the free kick.

7mins

Andy Webster has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

7mins

The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, Andy Webster manages to make a clearance.

6mins

Daniel Grainger takes a shot. Steven Whittaker gets a block in.

5mins

Effort on goal by Ian Black from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

4mins

Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Black. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Daniel Grainger from left wing, Dorin Goian makes a clearance.

Match Preview

No problem lifting Rangers players - McCoist Rangers manager Ally McCoist has backed his team to be back to their best when they take on Hearts. The Scottish champions squandered the opportunity to claim a 10th consecutive league win when they were held to a last-gasp draw by St Mirren at Ibrox last weekend. McCoist admitted his players simply were not on top form against Saints but does not fear a repeat of that lacklustre display at Tynecastle on Sunday. He said: "I don't think we will need to lift the boys. We didn't play nearly as well as we can last week against St Mirren and there's probably one or two reasons for that but that game is history now. "We've looked at it and we have looked at where we have gone wrong and could have done better. "I didn't have a problem at all with the effort. The effort and commitment was there. "We were a little bit off it - it's as simple as that. You get games like that throughout a campaign. Getting up for the game on Sunday won't be a problem for the players." Apart from St Mirren, Hearts are the only side to have taken points off Rangers this season, when they claimed a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the campaign. McCoist added: "I thought Hearts, for 45 minutes against us in the opening game of the season, were probably as good as anything we have faced domestically this season. "Their home form has been particularly good. Recent results would show they are a team playing full of confidence and on good form. "They won 2-0 against Dunfermline and had a great result [2-0 win] against Celtic at home. "If there was any reminder needed that it's going to be a tough game, those two results would indicate that. "Although it's a tough game, these are the games you look forward to. It's a great game for us." Nikica Jelavic has been rated doubtful. The striker is suffering from a bug but could yet recover in time. Sasa Papac has recovered from a sinus problem. Hearts manager Paulo Sergio has urged his players to grasp the chance to inflict the first Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat of the season on champions Rangers. Sergio has told his players not to be overawed by Rangers' SPL record under Ally McCoist, and Hearts' recent form at Tynecastle would back up that confidence. Hearts have scored nine goals without reply in four successive SPL wins at home, which included victory over Celtic. "They didn't do very well in Europe but they are very strong in the SPL, nobody has beaten them," said Sergio, who has no new injury problems. "It's going to be very good motivation for us, trying to be the first one to beat Rangers. "We are going to work for that. We have been working all week on a plan A and a plan B, maybe to surprise them. "We know we are facing the strongest team in Scotland at the moment, but Celtic are a very strong team too and we got a very good result against them. "So we are confident in ourselves and we will try to beat Rangers at Tynecastle too."

Formation:451Manager: Paulo Sergio

Hearts

Formation: 4141Manager: Ally McCoist

Rangers

  • Marian Kello
  • Jamie Hamill
  • Marius Zaliukas
  • Andy Webster
  • Daniel Grainger
  • Rudi Skacel
  • Eggert Jonsson
  • Adrian Mrowiec
  • Ian Black
  • David Templeton
  • Ryan Stevenson
  • SUBS
  • Jamie MacDonald
  • David Obua
  • Ryan McGowan
  • Arvydas Novikovas
  • Mehdi Taouil
  • Gordon Smith
  • Scott Robinson

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Match Report

Rangers nine clear after win Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic were both on target as Rangers claimed victory over Hearts to strengthen their grasp on top spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. Naismith grabbed his ninth goal of the season, before Jelavic - rated doubtful ahead of the game - doubled the advantage just a few minutes after coming off the bench. The win allowed Rangers to stretch their lead over second-placed Motherwell to nine points. Jelavic had been struggling with a bug over the weekend and was named among the substitutes for Rangers, with Kyle Lafferty handed the role of lone forward. Hearts named an unchanged side for the fourth consecutive game for the visit of the Scottish champions. Rangers carved out the best of the chances during a frantic opening spell and Lee McCulloch was not too far away with a shot from distance that flashed just past the post. Maurice Edu then saw his effort deflected wide for a corner and the American connected well with a Steven Davis ball into the box only to hook over on this occasion. Steven Whittaker had a large part to play in the opening goal when he embarked on a surging run before setting up Naismith to rifle into the back of the net after 21 minutes. Rangers continued to push forward in search of a second goal and a Davis corner broke for Edu on the edge of the box but he lashed over, with Marian Kello untroubled in the Hearts goal. There was a nervous moment for Rangers when a Carlos Bocanegra clearance, under pressure from Ryan Stevenson, trickled just past the post and narrowly avoided being an own-goal. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor then produced a superb save to deny Rudi Skacel just before the break. There was concern for Rangers early in the second half when Bocanegra was caught full in the face by an Eggert Jonsson strike but the defender was able to return to the action after receiving treatment. Jonsson then tested McGregor with a shot at the near post that the goalkeeper spilled and the offside flag was raised by the time Stevenson pounced on the rebound which was hooked to safety by Bocanegra. Hearts had another chance to haul themselves level but Skacel drilled wide when he should at least have hit the target. Rangers made a double change after 71 minutes when Gregg Wylde and Jelavic were thrown into the action for Sasa Papac and Lafferty. And Jelavic added his name to the scoresheet just three minutes later when he met a Bocanegra ball and sidefooted past Kello from six yards. Hearts should have pulled a goal back almost immediately but McGregor did well to block two point-blank strikes from Stevenson.

Form Guide

    WDWLWW
  • Hearts
  • VS
  • Rangers
  • WWWWWD

Last Meetings

  • Rangers
  • 1 - 1
  • Hearts
  • 23/07/2011
  • Rangers
  • 4 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 07/05/2011
  • Rangers
  • 1 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 02/02/2011
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 0
  • Rangers
  • 22/01/2011
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 02/10/2010
  • Rangers
  • 2 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 18/04/2010

Top Scorers

Hearts

  • A Webster 2
  • R Skacel 2
  • R Stevenson 2
  • J Sutton 2
  • S Elliott 1
  • D Obua 1
  • A Novikovas 1

Rangers

  • SJ Naismith 8
  • N Jelavic 4
  • K Lafferty 4
  • M Edu 2
  • G Wylde 2
  • C Bocanegra 1
  • S Davis 1

Goals

Hearts

    • Total goals 19
    • Goals per game 13
  • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 81-90 mins

Rangers

    • Total goals 29
    • Goals per game 23
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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