LiveHearts 2 - 3 Queen of the South RECAP: Tynecastle side's first loss to Doonhamers in 58 years
Hearts make a return to league action this afternoon after Tuesday’s Scottish Cup debacle, losing to Highland League side Brora Rangers.
The fallout from the loss has continued throughout the week with supporters expressing their anger both on social media, to the Foundation of Hearts via cancelled pledges and at Tynecastle with stickers stating ‘Neilson and Budge out’.
Despite the 16-point lead at the top of the Championship this is a huge match for the team and Robbie Neilson with discontent sweeping through the fan base.
Three points could alleviate some pressure with just two more wins required to secure the league title. It is the very least expected from supporters.
Queen of the South, beaten 6-1 on their last visit to Gorgie, were on an upward trajectory until two recent defeats.
We will have live coverage from Tynecastle before, during and after the match with match updates, reaction and analysis.
Hearts v Queen of the South LIVE: Action, reaction and analysis from Tynecastle Park
Last updated: Saturday, 27 March, 2021, 16:55
- Kick-off: 3pm
- Team news: 1.45pm
FT: Hearts 2 - 3 Queen of the South
What is there left to be said?
It was a disastrous 90 minutes for the league leaders. From Mihai Popescu’s early error to Andy Irving’s inexplicable late own goal.
When Henderson set up Gnanduillet for the equaliser it looked like there could be a comeback on the cards prior to Queens going back ahead.
However, Rohan Ferguson wasn’t tested nearly enough.
After Tuesday’s embarrassing result, a reaction was expected but that high intensity, pushing forward, putting opponents under pressure wasn’t to be seen.
Will be interesting to see what happens next.
Hearts have ball in the net...
Gnanduillet heads past Ferguson but the assistant referee had the flag up with the ball going out before Walker crossed it.
Halkett now up front
A front three of Boyce, Gnanduillet and Halkett.
3-2 Queen of the South...
If there was a goal to sum up the past week, it is this.
Shields floats a harmless looking ball into the box. Irving tracking back tries to intercept it but diverts it into the bottom corner.
Euan Henderson, on for McEneff, crosses from the right and finds Gnanduillet in the six-yard box. The Frenchman tuck is away.
McEneff OFF, Henderson ON
Walker ON, GMS OFF
Boyce and the GMS
If Hearts are going to do anything from open play it will be via Liam Boyce. Balance, composure, technique but not got much in support.
A blocked shot popped up for GMS but the winger-turned-No.10 produced one of the worst efforts witnessed this season.
Little to report
We’re nearly ten minutes into the second half. No changes and very little action of note.
HT: Hearts 1 - 2 Queen of the South
It literally couldn’t have been a worse start for Hearts when Popescu gave the ball away and Shields pounced after being set up by Dobbie.
The home side were all at sea from then on with little in an attacking sense in the 4-2-3-1 and Queen of the South comfortable in their 5-3-2. Gibson had GMS well marshalled, Aidy White incredibly wasteful and little down the right with Halkett and McEneff out of position.
Just when Hearts were getting a foothold in the match, disaster struck. The defence were pushed right up right up the park. A simple through ball set Shields free having been played onside. Spotting Stewart off his line he produced a lovely chip.
Neilson immediately switched to a 3-5-2 and there were some building blocks back into it, aided by Popescu’s headed goal.
Liam Boyce has been excellent... in relative terms. Dropping deep, getting the ball and trying to move Hearts forward. The issue is that every time the visitors attack, the home side look incredibly shaky.
Berra is not a left-sided centre-back in a back three as it requires getting out into wide positions and taking possession. McEneff hasn’t looked comfortable as a right winger or right wing-back. Halkett is not a right-back.
Where Hearts have been most dangerous is at set pieces. With Berra, Halkett, Popescu and Gnanduillet they are a constant threat, especially with Halliday’s delivery.
A brilliant corner from Halliday is met by Popescu who powers a header past Ferguson.
Hearts have changed shape
Neilson has called on Halkett to move inside and make it a back three. McEneff is now a right wing-back.
2-0 Queen of the South
A simply brilliant goal from Queen of the South.
The visitors were quick to the ball in the midfield. A pass is slid through for Shields who was on side as Hearts pushed up. He saw Stewart off his line and clipped a beautiful shot over him and into the net.
The ball drops to Halliday at the edge of the box. He controls himself and sends in a volley but Ferguson palms it away comfortably.