Hearts 2 - 3 Raith Rovers RECAP: Neilson's men fall to first Tynecastle defeat after disastrous 50 minutes
Hearts welcome Raith Rovers to Tynecastle for the first of two games between the sides across four days.
Robbie Neilson’s men know they can pull ten points ahead of rivals Dundee who dropped points at Arbroath on Friday night with a 1-1 draw. Meanwhile, second-place Dunfermline face Ayr United at East End Park as they look to stay on the coat tails of the Championship favourites.
Opponents Raith Rovers have not played since December, a coronavirus outbreak swept through the club leading to last weekend’s fixture with Inverness CT postponed with the Fife side unable to put together a squad of 13. The club reportedly tried to bring in emergency loans but ultimately had to request a postponement.
John McGlynn’s men sit fifth in the league having only played nine games so far. One of their games in hand will be played on Tuesday at Stark’s Park when the do the honours and welcome Hearts to Kirkcaldy.
The Championship league leaders have been boosted by the news Stephen Kingsley has followed Michael Smith in signing an 18-month deal with back-up goalkeeper Ross Stewart also extending his loan from Livingston until the end of the season.
Hearts come into the match having lost just two games in 90 minutes all season with Neilson having a strong squad to pick up from with arguably his best XI available to him with the exception of John Souttar who continues to recover from a serious injury. But what team will he pick today?
We will have all the latest from Tynecastle throughout the afternoon as it happens, including updates, analysis and reaction.
Hearts v Raith Rovers LIVE: Updates, analysis and reaction from Tynecastle Park
Last updated: Saturday, 23 January, 2021, 15:05
- Hearts 2 - 3 Raith
- Neilson unhappy with Beaton role
HT: Hearts 0 - 1 Raith
Berra OFF, Popescu ON
The centre-back is receiving treatment. Appears to be a hamstring or knee issue.
A clipped ball from Michael Smith set GMS free but his tame effort was collected easily by MacDonald.
The penalty miss was met with Neilson blasting his players. Liam Boyce was sold to get his finger out and stop being bullied by the Raith centre-backs.
Penalty to Raith...
But it has been missed by Regan Hendry.
Craig Gordon makes an excellent fingertip save on to the post.
It came about from Kingsely’s foul on Armstrong.
A moment of confusion as an Irving cross seemed to be headed wide by Boyce with the goal at his mercy but it was given as a corner.
Irving’s inswinger had to be pushed away by MacDonald.
The home side win a couple of corners but they amount to nothing with Uguw heading over his own bar and Kingsley also heading over.
Nothing happening for Hearts
A lot of possession between defence and midfield but finding it hard to get the wingers facing the opposition goal. GMS has not had a sniff.