The concerning Hearts attacking stat going back to the start of last season

Hearts huffed and puffed their way to a 1-0 victory over Cowdenbeath in the Betfred Cup on Saturday afternoon in Methil.

By Joel Sked
Monday, 12th October 2020, 12:26 pm
Craig Halkett powers home a header against Cowdenbeath to give Hearts a 1-0 win. Picture: SNS
Craig Halkett powers home a header against Cowdenbeath to give Hearts a 1-0 win. Picture: SNS

It took until the 78th minute and a set piece for the Championship side to break the deadlock against League Two opposition.

The identity of the scorer wasn’t a surprise to fans, despite the goal coming from the head of centre-back Craig Halkett from an Elliot Frear corner.

Since the start of the 2019/20 season Hearts have played 42 games, scoring 50 goals, and no player has scored more goals than defender Halkett, who has eight.

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The departed Sean Clare is second on six with attackers Steven Naismith and Jamie Walker on five apiece.

Halkett was Hearts’ strongest performer against Cowdenbeath, his goal aside. He has proven himself to be a crucial figure, whether it be at set pieces or as a late option in attack.

In addition, it can't be long before he takes over penalty duties following Walker’s miss and his ability from 12 yards while at Livingston.

"I scored a few goals last season and I like to help the team anyway I can,” Halkett said after the game.

“I always say keeping a clean sheet is the most important thing but if I can chip in with goals to help out I’d be delighted.”

Manager Robbie Neilson warned teams will look to frustrate Hearts this campaign.

"It’s going to be like that this season," he said. “There'll be a lot of teams that'll sit with two banks of four and make it difficult for you and leave your centre halves on the ball.”

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