Hearts returned to the top of the Championship table with a comfortable 2-0 win over Morton at Cappielow Park.
Robbie Neilson’s side opened the scoring in the 37th minute thanks to a Jamie Walker goal. The same player added a second in the 48th minute to end the tie as a contest.
The game was a test for Robbie Neilson’s side, who came into it on the back of a recent defeat to Alloa, and he would have been looking for a response.
Both teams found it difficult to create any real chances in the early stages of the game, as a series of set pieces came to very little.
The game’s first chance came in the 19th minute, as Sean McGinty curled an effort just round the post as Morton almost opened the scoring.
The game suddenly came to life as Hearts almost opened the scoring shortly after. A Jamie Walker strike from the edge of the box brought out a fine save from Aidan McAdams.
Hearts had plenty of possession. Andy Irving was next to threaten with a fizzing shot that went just over the bar.
The next to threaten was Craig Wighton. His volley from the edge of the box was excellently saved by McAdams.
It seemed like only a matter of time until Hearts scored, and so it proved when Jamie Walker opened the scoring, his half volley from the edge of the penalty box bouncing off the turf and into the top corner of the net.
The lead was almost doubled on the stroke of half-time. But Olly Lee’s shot was brilliantly tipped on the bar by Aidan McAdams.
Hearts’ lead was doubled only three minutes into the second-half. Jamie Walker took a fine Andy Irving cross-field pass in his stride and hammered the ball into the corner of the net.
Craig Halkett then headed over the bar as Hearts continued to dominate. That was arguably the last real chance for Hearts, as they comfortably saw the game out.
That would have pleased Robbie Neilson, as would have the result from Stark’s Park. After Dunfermline could only 2-2 draw with Raith, Hearts now top the Championship table by a point. Here are three things we learned from Hearts’ victory.
Back on the goal trail
After missing a host of chances in the recent loss to Alloa, Hearts didn’t make the same mistake twice. The team looked eager to score goals from the beginning of the game, and created chances regularly.
Thankfully for Robbie Neilson, Jamie Walker succeeded Hearts had failed against Alloa, and popped up with two vital goals. That could be a real boost to his confidence in a big month for the Tynecastle club.
Valiant in defeat
It is not often that one of the best players on the park is in a side that was defeated so emphatically. However, that was the case with Morton goalkeeper Aidan McAdams.
He pulled off a string of superb saves, especially in the first-half. His effort to stop a Craig Wighton volley was particularly memorable. If McAdams can keep up this form, he is due to attract attention from some bigger clubs.
Excellent vision led to pivotal goal
One of the moments of the game was the pass played by Hearts midfielder Andy Irving which led to the Tynecastle side’s second goal.
His cross-field ball was taken first time by Jamie Walker, who fizzed home the shot. Irving deserves plenty of credit for having the vision to spot Walker in space, it was a real moment of talent, and one which many midfielders would be proud of.