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.

Live coverage of Hearts v Raith Rovers. Picture: SNS
Live coverage of Hearts v Raith Rovers. Picture: SNS

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.

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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.

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Tentative play between Berra and Kingsley allowed Raith in and to win a corner.

The corner pinballed between legs before rolling to Ugwu who backheeled it into the bottom corner.

Neilson wants Naismith to play close to Boyce. Frear is on the right with GMS on the left.

The Raith Rovers lowdown

Former Hearts boss John McGlynn has Raith Rovers playing some nice stuff…

John McGlynn names a strong side despite the Covid-19 outbreak at the club recently.

4-1-4-1: MacDonald; Tumilty, Musonda, Benedictus, MacDonald; Hendry; Armstrong, Matthews, Spencer, Kennedy; Ugwu.

Robbie Neilson names three changes form the team which defeated Alloa 3-1 with Gary Mackay-Steven handed his first start.

He, as well as Liam Boyce and Steven Naismith, come in for Jordan Roberts, Euan Henderson and Jamie Walker.

Jordan Roberts is replaced in the squad by Craig Wighton.

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If Hearts are to sign Elijah Adebyao, whether it is in January or the summer, they will likely face a six-figure fee.

It follows a change in FIFA’s transfer laws…

Is this Neilson’s best XI and could it face Rovers?

Hearts fans were surprised with last week’s team to face Alloa Athletic.

But what exactly is Neilson’s best XI? Is this it…

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Heart of Midlothian’s Championship clash with Raith Rovers.

It is the first of two meetings between the sides across the next four days.

Robbie Neilson’s men can consolidate their position at the top of the league with three points while extending their lead over Dundee who dropped points to Arbroath on Friday night.

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