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Hearts vs Hibernian. Scottish Premiership.


Hearts 3

  • L Shankland (8th minute, 38th minute pen)
  • S Humphrys (94th minute)

Hibernian 0

    Hearts 3-0 Hibernian: Lawrence Shankland double as Hearts go eight unbeaten in Edinburgh derby

    Match report as newly-appointed captain Lawrence Shankland scored twice in the first half; he has now scored six goals in four games since the World Cup break; Stephen Humphrys netted Hearts' third in injury time to beat Edinburgh rivals Hibernian

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    Highlights from the Scottish Premiership match between Hearts and Hibernian

    Free-scoring Lawrence Shankland hit a first-half double as Hearts made it eight Edinburgh derbies in a row unbeaten with a 3-0 home win over Hibernian.

    The striker, recently appointed captain following the serious injury to Craig Gordon, made it six goals in his four games since the World Cup break and took his tally for the season to 18 with a clinical finish and a penalty before half-time.

    Hibs improved in the second half and had the hosts pinned back for long periods, but substitute Stephen Humphrys struck in stoppage time to ensure the Jambos moved five points clear of their rivals in the battle for third place in the cinch Premiership.

    Hearts made two changes to the side that started Wednesday's 3-2 win at St Johnstone as Michael Smith and Barrie McKay replaced Alan Forrest and Jorge Grant.

    There were also two tweaks to the Hibernian team that kicked off their 4-0 defeat at home to Celtic as the suspended Ryan Porteous and Kyle Magennis dropped out, with Harry McKirdy and on-loan Manchester United defender Will Fish taking over.

    Fish, making his first start since joining the Easter Road club in the summer, was at fault as Hearts took the lead in the eighth minute when he was caught out by Cammy Devlin while trying to shepherd the ball out of play.

    Josh Ginnelly seized on the loose ball and fired in a low-angled shot which was parried out by David Marshall, but Shankland reacted quickest to force home the rebound from close range.

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    Hibs were offering little as an attacking force, but they went close to an equaliser in the 29th minute when Kevin Nisbet saw a low 12-yard shot from Elie Youan's cut-back deflected just wide.

    Hearts doubled their lead in the 38th minute, but only after a lengthy VAR check. Toby Sibbick pounced to put the ball in the net from close range after Devlin's shot had been blocked by Rocky Bushiri.

    The goal was initially checked for offside and subsequently ruled out, but VAR spotted that the initial shot had struck Bushiri's hand and a penalty was awarded. Shankland made no mistake in slamming home his 18th goal of the campaign.

    Hibs rallied towards the end of the first half and Fish tested Clark with a header before Sibbick got back to make a vital saving tackle in his own box after Youan had capitalised on a slack Devlin pass.

    In the last action of the half, Hearts almost scored a third when Smith lofted a ball over the top for Ginnelly and the Englishman's dipping half-volley from the angle of the box was tipped behind by Marshall.

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 02: Hearts' Stephen Humphrys celebrates with teammates after making it 3-0 during a cinch Premiership match between Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian at Tynecastle, on January 02, 2023, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)
    Image: Stephen Humphrys celebrates with teammates after making it 3-0 in stoppage time

    Hibs boss Lee Johnson responded to his team's meek first-half display by making a double substitution for the start of the second half as Magennis and Aiden McGeady were sent on in place of Fish and McKirdy.

    Hearts were also forced into a double change in the 54th minute as Smith and Andy Halliday went off to be replaced by Alan Forrest and Nathaniel Atkinson.

    The Easter Road side were well on top throughout the second half, but the closest they came to getting themselves back into the match was in the 88th minute when Magennis forced a stunning double save from Zander Clark.

    The visitors' hopes of a fightback were killed off in stoppage time when Humphrys, on his return after two months out injured, ran clear to net a third.

    What the managers said

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    Hibernian manager Lee Johnson insists his side needs to use their Edinburgh derby defeat to Hearts as a 'reset' for the rest of the season

    Hibernian manager Lee Johnson said: "The first half we were way below par. Mediocre is too high a word for it.

    "We didn't have the gravitas in the game to be able to settle the ball and tidy up.

    "The ball was like a hot potato and to be honest I'm sick to death of the mediocrity. We need to move players out in January.

    "This is a wonderful club full of potential, with a great fanbase, good training base and a brilliant stadium and it deserves more. We need to make way better decisions all over the place because today showed exactly where we are.

    "At 2-0 down we started playing, but you've got to have the mentality that you are the best player on the pitch at 0-0.

    "We need outs. The outs are as important as the ins. Again the mediocrity we have got - I'm just being honest now. I'm in a place where I have to come out swinging. I'm not disrespecting players, but decisions have not been good enough (on recruitment) and we need to be better.

    "We can't keep being average at best. For a club like this, it's just not good enough. Everyone needs to tell themselves some home truths. It feels like a big club because of the media, the scrutiny, we are in Edinburgh, there's two clubs in Edinburgh.

    "But act like a big player then within a big club and have that bottle to go and produce, not just in training but in games."

    "We have got to do more, and part of that is a revolution now, not just an evolution.

    "I think the actual revolution is about getting the dead wood out and increasing the quality."

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    Hearts manager Robbie Neilson was delighted with his side's emphatic 3-0 victory over Hibs in the Edinburgh derby

    Hearts boss Robbie Neilson said: "Hibs started the game better than us, but we managed to get up the park and the goal settled us down.

    "The rest of the first half we were pretty comfortable, but in the second half we started to sit a bit deeper and went a bit more direct in our play.

    "It's disappointing that we didn't continue doing what we were doing, but to Hibs' credit they were more aggressive in their press in the second half."

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