Sean Clare’s first arrangement for Hearts changed into sufficient to stable them a region in the Scottish Cup fifth spherical at the expense of Livingston.
Within the following spherical they host Auchinleck Talbot, who they beat on their formula to successful the trophy in 2012.
Clare’s curling effort early in the 2d 1/2 settled a stuffy cup tie at Tynecastle that took some time to spark into lifestyles.
Livi had chances to power a replay, Ryan Hardie particularly going shut.
However, Hearts confirmed a resilience in defence that had been lacking before the chilly weather rupture and noticed off the unhurried stress.
Three debutants had been pitched into the fray from the birth – David Vanecek and Conor Shaughnessy for Hearts and Gregg Wylde for Livingston, a team that did no longer correct beat Hearts the last time the golf equipment confronted varied nonetheless battered them.
Livi’s 5-0 annihilation of the Jambos last month changed into a limited bit freakish. After 1/2 an hour of this cup tie the probability of one arrangement, never mind five, looked a limited bit hopeful. It changed into bitingly chilly at Tynecastle and, unless things improved later on, stultifyingly dreary.
So powerful whisper and so limited accuracy, so many tackles and excessive balls and intensely limited in the form of composure. It took 35 minutes to understand a shot no longer off target – from Wylde – and if there changed into anybody smiling at Tynecastle at that time it will had been their manager Gary Holt.
Livi would had been *** with a replay given how correct their home make has been this season. They’ve won eight league games and seven had been in their very bask in stadium.
That hope of the stalemate lasting began to plan below possibility when Hearts began to construct it together a limited bit in the closing minutes of the gap 1/2.
And it suffered a predominant blow early in the original 1/2 when Hearts took the lead. It changed into barely slick, too. Steven Naismith’s laborious work in successful the ball in the Livi 1/2 started it all, then, seconds later, Naismith played it into Vanecek who swept it on properly to Clare who curled a unbelievable shot low past Liam Kelly.
Hearts would possibly well perchance earn set aside themselves staunch into a severely solid region a short time later nonetheless Callum Morrison noticed his shot hoofed off the line by Craig Halkett. That traipse sparked Livi into lifestyles as an attacking power.
Within the placement of limited over a minute correct trying the hour-rate they had three moments and all three had Hearts in bother. First, Halkett after which Scott Pittman drove them downfield for Hardie to earn his effort saved by Colin Doyle.
Then Shaun Byrne’s header forced one other attach from the Hearts goalkeeper. In quick impart, Wylde changed into via nonetheless hammered his shot wildly, and wastefully, over Doyle’s crossbar. It changed into a awful pass over.
Livi spent powerful of the remainder of the day on the front foot. Steven Lawless’ shot went correct broad as Hearts had been pushed deeper and deeper and had been made to construct extra and extra defending. At one point Kelly, the Livi goalkeeper, dinked a hopeful ball into the Hearts field.
The truth that he did it from the midway line told you powerful referring to the vogue the cease-game played out.
Hearts hung on and did so on the encourage of astronomical defending. For them, some revenge for the horrors of last month.
One 2d of capability – prognosis
BBC Scotland’s Brian McLauchlin at Tynecastle
There changed into never any valid probability of Livingston repeating their thumping of Hearts in December. However that stunning result changed into always in the mind of both gamers and fans of the 2 teams.
They both looked a limited bit rusty in early exchanges, with the three-week chilly weather rupture taking the brink off the gamers.
The West Lothian club earn every so often ever changed their form of play this season and as soon as extra the familiarity in their region-up changed into evident.
Dolly Menga and Hardie had been menaces for the Lions, nonetheless Shaughnessy looked assured alongside Tynecastle rock Christophe Berra for the home aspect.
New Hearts striker Vanecek played the lone feature upfront and at cases would possibly well perchance most definitely had been helped with make stronger from Naismith and Clare.
Clare particularly has had a posh time in successful over the home make stronger with some indifferent performances, nonetheless his scientific construct from a exquisite flick by Vanecek changed into considerable and extra in tune with what will seemingly be required if his pass to Edinburgh is to be a success.
It changed into the one factual 2d of capability in an in any other case placid cup tie.
However the valid key to Hearts victory changed into the impression Naismith had on the game.
His persevered encouragement via the match to both Clare and Morrison changed into evident and his cost to the Tynecastle club is immeasurable.
Hearts assistant manager Austin MacPhee: “All credit to Liam Fox (Hearts coach). He had a nibble at Sean Clare at 1/2-time and he said ‘when are you going to plan to lifestyles’.
“We introduced Sean right here to construct things that can grasp us games and with a limited bit luck presently time they noticed the birth of it.”
Livingston head coach Gary Holt: “I believed it changed into a correct cup tie, I believed both teams had been at it. A wee bit extra success for us in the closing 0.33 and composure we would possibly well perchance earn created better chances.
“I believed we gave it a unbiased correct hotfoot nonetheless the one in actuality correct little bit of superb changed into from them.”