How the Hearts players rated against Aberdeen

Here are marks out of ten for each Hearts player who faced Aberdeen in the eventful Premiership opener at Pittodrie.

Sunday, 4th August 2019, 5:05 pm
Jamie Walker put Hearts ahead.

Zdenek Zlamal: Great save to keep out Jon Gallagher’s thunderous 20-yard strike in first half. Helpless with all three goals. 6

John Souttar: Defended manfully to help Hearts stem the Aberdeen tide in first half before limping off to be replaced by Clevid Dikamona shortly before the break. 6

Christophe Berra: Misjudged header in lead-up to Cosgrove opener. Diving header tipped over by Joe Lewis in first half. Generally held his own in gruelling physical battle with Cosgrove. 6

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Craig Halkett: A tough first half but stuck to his task and almost nodded in a free-kick on stroke of half-time. Defended well in second half. 6

Michael Smith: Played three different positions - right-wing-back, central midfield and left-back. Hearts’ strongest performer. 7

Andy Irving: Delivered some dangerous set-pieces and brought some composure to Hearts’ midfield at times. Replaced midway through second half. 6

Sean Clare: Worked hard to help Hearts remain competitive against a strong Aberdeen side but unable to get forward as much as he’d have liked. Booked for a late tackle on Wright. 6

Aaron Hickey: Deployed at left-wing-back and found it tough early on against Gallagher. Settled into the game after the break before being sent off for second booking late on. 5

Jamie Walker: Struggled to get into the game in an attacking sense until popping up with a well-taken equaliser in the 76th minute. 6

Jake Mulraney: Had a few fleeting moments of promise in the first half but largely nullified by Aberdeen’s defence. Booked for foul on Logan early in second half. Subbed in 66 mins. 5

Uche Ikpeazu: Started brightly but Aberdeen soon found a way to subdue him. Involved in countless altercations with Dons defenders and booked after catching McKenna in the face. Laid on Walker goal with a lovely pass. 6

Subs:

Clevid Dikamona: On six minutes before the break. Played right-centre-back before moving to right-back in second half. Gave away penalty. 5

Steven Naismith: On in 66 minutes and remarkably nodded in the equaliser with his first touch. 7

Conor Washington: Gave Hearts’ attack more purpose when introduced midway through second half and fired a powerful shot just wide. 6