Hearts are second in the Scottish Premiership again after a 2-0 win over St Mirren at Tynecastle saw veteran keeper Craig Gordon pull off a string of stunning stops to keep the Jambos level before two second-half goals sealed the points for the Gorgie side.

After losing 2-0 to Motherwell last weekend, Robbie Neilson made four changes to the Hearts starting XI as Taylor Moore, Alex Cochrane, Ben Woodburn and Josh Ginnelly all made way as Craig Halkett, Andy Halliday, Gary Mackay-Steven and Liam Boyce returned to the side for the Jambos.


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Buddies boss Jim McCarthy made two changes from his side’s last outing as Conor McCarthy and Curtis Main drop out with Charles Dunne and Eamonn Brophy replacing them in the St Mirren starting XI.

The game started off at a frantic pace as both Hearts and St Mirren came out looking to try and dictate the tempo of the game and get forward in search of the opening goal in the capital.


The visitors can think themselves a little fortunate Joe Shaughnessy wasn’t sent off for a high challenge on Liam Boyce – while Boyce won’t want to see replays of his tame effort at Alnwick when the returning striker really should have burst the net.

At the other end, veteran keeper Craig Gordon had a busy opening 45, making three important saves to deny Jim Goodwin’s side the lead at Tynecastle.

Both Hearts and St Mirren tried to make a game of it though and there was plenty of good football on display in an entertaining opening 45 in Gorgie – all the game was lacking was some goals.

After watching Craig Gordon earn plaudits in the opening 45, St Mirren keeper Jak Alnwick wasn’t to be outdone as he pulled off an excellent save to deny Gary Mackay-Steven what looked like a certain goal after excellent work by Barrie McKay.

All that seemed to do was spur Gordon on and the veteran Scotland number one pulled off a breathtaking string of saves to somehow keep St Mirren at bay by making three stops in less than a minute.

With Gordon performing heroics at one end, Gary Mackay-Steven was the hero at the other as he cooly slotted the ball beyond Alnwick after McKay’s effort landed nicely for the winger to finish.

Before too long it was 2-0 to the hosts, Stephen Kingsley curling home an excellent free-kick to seal the points and send Hearts into second place in the table.

The goals took the sting out of what had been an enthralling contest but Hearts will have no complaints at the how routine the final stages were as they closed out the win in comfortable fashion.

There was a little late drama when Shaughnessy was shown a red card after picking up a second booking for a foul on the edge of the St Mirren box with Kingsley sending the resulting free kick over the bar.

Hearts: Gordon, Smith, Kingsley, Souttar, Halkett, Baningime, Mackay-Steven, Devlin, Halliday, McKay, Boyce
Substitutes: Stewart, Haring, McEneff, Woodburn, Cochrane, Gnandduillet, Ginnelly

St Mirren: Alnwick, Fraser, Shuaghnessy, Dunne, Tait, Power, Flynn, Tanser, McGrath, Ronan, Brophy
Substitutes: Lyness, Millar, Erhahon, Kiltie, McAllister, Dennis, Main

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