LiveStirling Albion 0 - 2 Hearts RECAP: Neilson reaction, player ratings, League Cup progression

Hearts are in Premier Sports Cup action this evening when they face Stirling Albion at Forthbank Stadium.

Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 6:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 10:33 pm
Live coverage of the Premier Sports Cup clash between Stirling Albion and Hearts at Forthbank Stadium. Picture: SNS
Live coverage of the Premier Sports Cup clash between Stirling Albion and Hearts at Forthbank Stadium. Picture: SNS

Robbie Neilson’s men play their third competitive fixture of the campaign ahead of the start of the cinch Premiership. The team will know a win will all but secure passage to the knockout stages of the competition ahead of the Inverness CT match on Sunday at Tynecastle Park.

Despite their League Two status, Stirling Albion have performed well so far in the tournament, defeating Cove Rangers before drawing with ICT, earning the bonus point via a penalty shootout win.

Hearts are set to welcome back key players who were rested for the weekend’s friendly with Sunderland.

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It is the first competitive meeting between the sides since 2007 when they met in the second round of the League Cup.

We will have updates throughout the evening with team news expected at 6.30pm. Analysis and reaction will be provided during and after the match.

Stirling Albion v Hearts

Last updated: Tuesday, 20 July, 2021, 22:35

  • Kick-off 7.45pm
  • Team news 6.30pm
  • Game live via Stirling Albion website

What Neilson had to say after the win

Finlay Pollock came in for plenty of praise from manager Robbie Neilson

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson hails impact of Finlay Pollock in Stirling win

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson hailed the impact of teenage star Finlay Pollock.

How the players rated

FT: Stirling 0 - 2 Hearts

Cochrane OFF, Connor Smith ON

GMS and Boyce OFF, McEneff and Walker ON

Gnanduillet goes close

Boyce and Gnanduillet combine with the latter getting an effort away but it was repelled by Currie.

GMS sees his cross blocked. But Cochrane picked up the loose ball and centred for Pollock to steer home from close in.

It looked like being 2-0 when the ball rolled to Gnanduillet and Souttar in the six-yard box with Currie the goalkeeper on the ground but the latter’s effort is somehow clear off the line.

Halliday is now sitting at the base of the midfield, while Boyce has drifted right and Gnanduillet up front.

Ginnelly & Haring OFF, Gnanduillet and Pollock ON

Stirling have been asked to put the floodlights on by the referee.

Neilson’s frustration

Neilson barks “second ball” at his team just after McNiff lashed a shot over the bar after latching on to a loose ball at the edge of the box.

It’s not quite happened for the winger so far. Everywhere he has run has turned out to be a dead end.

Stirling nearly score

Seconds after the restart and the home side get in through Carrick. He turns inside and out of Craig Halkett but the centre-back recovers well to produce a big block.

Stirling nearly score

Seconds after the restart and the home side get in through Carrick. He turns inside and out of Craig Halkett but the centre-back recovers well to produce a big block.

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