LiveHearts 6 - 0 Alloa Athletic RECAP: Dominant performance moves Neilson's men to within two points of title
Hearts welcome Alloa Athletic to Tynecastle Park this evening in a Championship clash between top and bottom.
Robbie Neilson's men are currently on a three-game winless run, winning just two of their last eight league games. However, they can take a huge step to securing the title with three points at home to the Wasps.
Peter Grant’ side are seven points adrift at the foot of the table, winning one of their last nine in the league.
A victory for Hearts could see them crowned champions this weekend but they will have to wait until Saturday afternoon and the outcome of Riath Rovers and Dundee's matches.
We will have a live coverage from Tynecastle Park throughout the evening with the latest updates plus reaction and analysis.
Hearts v Alloa Athletic LIVE: Updates, reaction and analysis from Tynecastle Park
Last updated: Friday, 09 April, 2021, 23:05
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What Neilson had to say after thumping win
Robbie Neilson hailed his Hearts team for recording their biggest league win of the season after thumping Alloa 6-0 and moving even closer to winning the Championship title.
Hearts moved to within two points of securing the Championship trophy with one of their best performances of the season.
FT: Hearts 6 - 0 Alloa
Hearts moved to within two points of a return to the Premiership with an excellent performance against Alloa Athletic.
It was certainly one of the team’s best in recent months with a number of enjoyable moments and performances throughout.
The big takeaway - and it is an obvious one - is that Liam Boyce is a class act. Playing in the No.10 role he makes Hearts better. A conduit between midfield and attack, while retaining that goal threat which allowed him to score a hat-trick.
That was one of a number of positives. Henderson showed his threat from a central area, scoring and winning a penalty. Souttar strolled through 80+ minutes. Peter Haring looks like he is getting back to his best and Aaron McEneff netted his first for the club.
There was an intensity and control to the team which has been missing for a while. Neilson was constantly urging his team forward and to pressure throughout.
Gnanduillet dispossess Neil Parry, allowing Walker, off the bench, to slide into the net.
Souttar OFF, Walker ON
McEneff twists and turns on the box before firing low into the corner.
Gnanduillet gets the ball, turns and slides through Logan. The wing-back raced onto the pass and clipped a cross for Boyce but his header bounced away from the far post.
Henderson OFF, Naismith ON
Neilson has instructed Boyce to go up front.
Hearts are rampant. Henderson goes down the right and his cross finds McEneff breaking into the box. The Irishman’s shot is saved by Parry but Boyce rams home the rebound.
Another fine goal from Hearts. Peter Haring clips a lovely through pass into the path of Henderson who hit the accelerator and clips a finish over Parry.
HT: Hearts 2 - 0 Alloa
A commanding first half from Hearts. Alloa may have created a couple of early openings but the home side have largely dominated, especially after going in front.
Boyce netted a quite wonderful opener from an Andy Halliday pass and doubled his tally from the spot following Euan Henderson’s incredible lung-busting run from deep which was halted by Neil Parry.
After a humdrum start without the ball, the pressure and intensity has been increased with Neilson urging his charges on from the sidelines. Haring has looked good, while Boyce, playing in the No.10 role, has given the side the link between midfield and attack.
Halkett has dominated the intimidating Innes Cameron and John Souttar, a pass out the pitch aside, has had a fine return to action.
Intensity a lot better
Hearts, certainly in the last 15-20 minutes, have looked a lot better than they have in a number of weeks.
Some of the pressure they have been putting on Alloa has been welcome, an intensity that fans want to see.
Liam Boyce makes it 2-0 from the penalty spot.
It was all down to Euan Henderson, however. The youngster picked up the ball in his own half and motored forward into the box where he was upended by Neil Parry.
Liam Boyce scores a brilliant goal after being set up by Andy Halliday. First time, he guides the ball into the top corner with what looked like the outside of his foot.