Early goal enough for Hearts XI victory over Spartans as pre-season preparations continue
Hearts posted pre-season friendly win in two consecutive nights with a 1-0 victory over Spartans at Ainslie Park.
Euan Henderson’s early goal was enough for Robbie Neilson’s men to defeat their hosts on Wednesday evening, though it was a much more frustrating evening than the one they enjoyed the night prior with a 7-0 victory over East Fife.
The young attacker was left with a simple tap-in after Cammy Devlin’s sliding back-post shot was only partially saved by Spartans keeper Blair Carswell.
The visitors had the lion’s share of possession but struggled to create chances consistently throughout the match.
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“I thought we were a bit slow in the movement of the ball,” said Neilson. “They played last night and were miles better. But this is pre-season and that’s what happens sometimes but we need to get ourselves ready.
“We have worked the boys really hard. They had a hard week in Spain and a lot of the boys played last night.”
A starting XI with a mixture of experienced players and youngsters before all ten outfield players were swapped out a few minutes into the second half. Only goalkeeper Harry Stone, largely a spectator across the evening, played the full 90 minutes.
There was another run out for trialist Joe Wright, who came on as a substitute and had the best second-half chance to double the advantage.