Hearts wiped the floor with visitors Dunfermline 7-1 in a completely one-sided affair at Tynecastle.
It was Jambos’ then highest tally since a 7-0 league defeat of Hamilton Accies in November, 1986
The Pars, rather surprisingly, had been in fine fettle prior to their trip to the Capital, losing just once in 11 matches to Rangers at Ibrox, but left with their tails between their legs.
The Gorgie side were hot on the heels of their opponents from kick-off but the visitors forced the first corner when Scott Severin intercepted Barry Nicholson’s cross, intended for Jason Dair. However, Hearts edged ahead just two minutes later when Robbie Neilson’s long throw picked out Stephane Adam and the Frenchman showed great agility in turning his marker and sending an unstoppable shot past Pars No.1 Marco Ruitenbeek for his first goal of the season.
Andy Kirk should have doubled the advantage when he capitalised on Dair’s short pass back but Ruitenbeek had other ideas and gathered at the feet of the youngster.
However, the Northern Irishman wasn’t to be undone when Ruitenbeek could only parry an Adam shot and the frontman made sure from close range.
The match was over as a contest just moments later when captain Steven Pressley sent a long ball over the static visiting defence and Colin Cameron showed great tenacity in carefully lifting the ball over the stranded Ruitenbeek for Hearts’ third of the afternoon.
An anxious Jimmy Calderwood could only watch on as his players were outfought by a Jambos side that could sense there was a lot more to come.
Three became four on 37 minutes when Steven Boyack picked out team-mate Adam at the far post and the striker easily converted from close range.
Former Hibs player Justin Skinner then gifted the home side a fifth after the interval when he failed clear the ball to safety and from an Adam shot, the Dunfermline No.1 diverted the ball into the path of the onrushing Cameron who tucked away his second of the afternoon. There was some respite for the visiting supporters gathered in the Roseburn Stand behind the goal as Dair placed the ball past goalkeeper Antti Niemi from ten yards.
However, this lapse in concentration seemed to spur the hosts on and they added a sixth of the afternoon on the hour when Kirk played a neat one-two with Robert Tomaschek and finished with ease.
Slovakian Tomaschek then rattled the crossbar from 20 yards before robbing the ball off Scott Thomson and slipping it under Ruitenbeek to make it 7-1. Hearts threatened to add further misery on the deflated visitors but passed up several opportunities in the closing 15 minutes.
Hearts: Niemi, Neilson, Pressley, Severin, Makel, Boyack, Tomaschek, Cameron, Flogel, Kirk, Adam.