Just a few days ago Hearts suffered a surprising 3-2 home defeat to Raith Rovers, which gave hope to the chasing pack in the Championship.
However, the Tynecastle club gained revenge on Raith last night, as they eased to a 4-0 win at Starks Park, thanks to goals from Liam Boyce, Euan Henderson and a double from Arnand Gnanduillet.
The win moves Hearts 10 points clear at the top of the Championship table, and into a fine frame of mind ahead of the game against Dunfermline on Saturday.
Scored key goal
The game was significant for Boyce, who continued his good run of form. The 29-year-old scored both of Hearts’ goals in the loss to Raith at the weekend, and he scored the opening goal last night to make it three goals in two games.
His opening goal saw the player play a one-two with Michael Smith, and then hammer the ball into the net. That put Hearts on the way to the win. Robbie Neilson even had the luxury of taking Boyce off on the hour mark to replace him with new signing Arnand Gnanduillet – who marked his debut with two goals.
Some Hearts fans on social media were impressed with Boyce’s performance against Raith. One fan claimed that he was on a ‘different level’. Another proclaimed the player to be in ‘great form’ and at the heart of all Hearts do.
Could be an important player in title race
If Boyce can keep up this run of form then Hearts could have the Championship title wrapped up a lot sooner than people expect.
Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter to Boyce’s performance for Hearts against Raith Rovers.
Boyce is so so good, not just his goals but all round, different level sometimes
— Bruce (@bruceyw17) January 26, 2021
Boyce, what a player
— Sam (@Sam_LW) January 26, 2021
Liam Boyce is in great form right now. Had his critics in the past (sometimes me) but he’s at the heart of anything positive that Hearts do just now. Outstanding
— Ross (@marsh_ross) January 26, 2021
It’s two but somehow not five.
We’ve been great overall. Boyce looks on fire, Popescu has played really well and looks solid and GMS looks lively.
However, I honestly think Halliday is having his worst game ever for us and that’s saying something. He should have had 3?!
— Daniel McIver (@McIverTheMark) January 26, 2021
Boyce does really unseen donkey work, always marked by two players. Been great tonight but could have had another there. Really hope Neilson doesn’t sit back second half.
— The Old Castle Rock (@TheOldCastleRo1) January 26, 2021
Boyce could genuinely be the striker we are missing to hit 20 a season
— craig wighton the goat (@WightonGoat) January 26, 2021
— LiamMcKechnie (@LiamGMck) January 26, 2021