Hearts leapfrogged their Edinburgh rivals with one of the emphatic football scores of the Scottish Premiership. They put on a brilliant display to comfortably beat Livingston 3-0 at home. Michael Smith and Liam Boyce put them ahead before the break with the latter scoring from the penalty spot. Despite Livingston putting on an improved display after the break, Hearts scored a third through Alex Cochrane. The win ensured that they keep in touch with league leaders Rangers who are just a point ahead of them.
Hearts manager Robbie Neilson: “Barrie’s performance was the reason we brought him here. We’ve got Barry, Gary Mackay-Steven, Ben Woodburn, Jamie Walker, and Josh Ginnelly, so that keeps everyone fresh and ready to go. He did well.” he added. “Cammy’s another piece in the jigsaw; he’s 23, he’s got energy, pace, mobility and he can deal with the ball.I was really pleased with the way we played. We’ve been like that in the majority of games we’ve played this season. Today was a day that the majority of things we’ve been working on came to fruition.”
Livingston manager David Martindale: “It was a tough one, I’m not going to sit here and tell lies.” he added. “I think you could see that the last two games have caught upon us. I’m not using that as an excuse but I think it played a big part in how we approached the game. We didn’t get a chance to put pressure on the ball in the mid-third, which gave Hearts too much time on the ball and they kept moving us. You’re running about and chasing shadows.”
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