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, 20:05
- Kick-off 7.45pm
- Team news 6.30pm
Alloa pounce on a loose ball with Cameron driving forward and shooting but his shot is easily saved by Gordon.
Big chance and save
Great work on the counter from Hearts saw Boyce run left and play a lovely cross for Gnanduillet at the back post but his effort was well saved by Neil Parry.
A scare for Gordon
A deep cross from the Alloa right swept over Gordon and skimmed the top of his net.
Chance for Hearts
McEneff swings a corner in from the left and it finds Gnanduillet but the Frenchman headed over.
Falls to Alloa.
Halliday had the ball taken off him. The cross found Alan Trouten but he blazed over the bar from around ten yards.
Hearts start in a back three with Halkett in the middle.
A minute’s silence will be held
The players will fall silent in memory of the late Prince Philip who passed away today.
Assessing the warm-up, it appears Andy Halliday will be at left-back and Shay Logan at right-back. Michael Smith looks as if he will be in midfield.
Team news is in... Souttar starts!
Looks like it could be a 4-4-2 diamond. Smith moved to left-back, Haring at the base of midfield and flanked by Halliday and McEneff with Henderson playing behind a front two.
Alternatively, McEneff is wide right with Henderson left in a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 with Boyce dropping off.
John Souttar starts for the first time since the 1-0 win over Rangers in the Scottish Cup on February 29, 2020. 405 days.
Summer transfer plans underway
Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has confirmed plans for the summer transfer window are well underway.
In the seven seasons under Ann Budge the team have averaged 14 first-team arrivals each campaign and another overhaul is expected.
Neilson called it a “big window” for the club.
This window for me is the one we really need to get things right, make sure we get the right players in.
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Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Championship clash between Hearts and Alloa Athletic.
It is top versus bottom at Tynecastle Park. A win for the home side will put them to within two points of securing the league title, while the Wasps need three points in their bid to survive the drop, the team currently sit seven points adrift in the relegation zone.
For Robbie Neilson, ending a three-game winless run would lift some of the pressure he is under with fans remaining unhappy with the direction of the club.
We will have all the latest from Tynecastle Park throughout the evening, including reaction and analysis.
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