Sunday October 2, 2011 Day 10 Finished Tynecastle Stadium

Heart of Midlothian 2 - 0 Celtic

  • Skácel 58’
  • Stevenson 81’

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  1. Hearts stun sluggish Celtic

    Hearts stun sluggish Celtic

    Hearts stunned a lethargic 10-man Celtic to inflict a third SPL defeat on Neil Lennon's side with a 2-0 victory at a soggy Tynecastle. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Heart of Midlothian
    • Celtic
    • 90+4' The full-time whistle goes at Tynecastle, and Hearts have stunned a sluggish Celtic 2-0 courtesy of goals from Ryan Stevenson and Rudi Skacel, with Kris Commons shown a red card for an awful lunge. It's another big set back for Neil Lennon's side - their third SPL defeat of the season already. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+2' Hearts are jubilant as they keep possession with the home fans cheering every single pass.
    • 90' Four minutes will be added as Majstorovic is pushed up into attack for Lennon's side as a desperate measure.
    • 88' Obua is unable to take the ball down cleanly in his stride as a chance to make it three nil is squandered.
    • 87' Celtic look very despondent now as Hearts keep the ball in midfield patiently, almost taunting their opponents with the ease of their possession.
    • 85' Paulo Sergio is delighted with this showing from his side, and he replaces a hobbling Ian Black with Gordon Smith.
    • 83' The Hearts fans are in full voice once more as their side dictate the play, and Paddy McCourt comes on for El Kaddouri.
    • 81' GOAL!!!!! STEVENSON MAKES IT TWO FOR HEARTS!! Templeton races to the byline and backheels the ball exquisitely back into the path of Stevenson, who smashes an emphatic finish beyond Forster!
    • 79' Sergio is delighted with Jonsson battling extremely hard at the back for his side.
    • 78' Obua wins a towering header on halfway immediately to make his presence felt.
    • 77' The goalscorer Skacel makes way for David Obua, and Sergio looks to give his frontline a pair of fresh legs.
    • 75' Majstorovic is among those who fly forward for a corner, but it is Webster who heads clear.
    • 73' Hamill loses the ball to Stokes, but Webster is across swiftly to deny Hooper as Celtic press forward. Mark Wilson comes on to replace Matthews.
    • 71' Celtic press forward through Stokes, but his fresh legs are still not sufficient to beat Grainger.
    • 69' Mulgrew and El Kaddouri combine down the left, but Grainger clears with help from Jonsson!
    • 67' Lennon is screaming at his players from the touchline, clearly very rattled by what he has seen since half time.
    • 65' RED CARD! Commons is rightly sent off for a horror challenge on Mrowiec, and that was very, very poor - it's a straight red!
    • 63' Celtic are getting increasingly frustrated now as Hooper loses the ball once more.
    • 61' Mohamed Bangura comes off as Anthony Stokes is swiftly introduced, and suddenly Neil Lennon is very animated!
    • 59' GOAL!!!!!! SKACEL SCORES FOR HEARTS! Hamill drills over a long ball which Stevenson takes down beautifully, before Skacel lashes a fierce drive into the far corner of the net!
    • 57' A raking diagonal pass from Commons picks out Hooper, but he cannot quite make room down the right.
    • 55' Commons fouls Zaliukas, and Hearts finally have a chance to alleviate some of the pressure.
    • 53' MacDonald makes a very good save as Mulgrew heads on target from Commons's cross!
    • 51' Mulgrew wins a corner with a bright run, and Hamill is happy to concede the set piece with a good tracking effort.
    • 49' Commons is very frustrated with himself as he rather selfishly drives a tame shot straight at MacDonald with players either side of him.
    • 47' MacDonald launches a long ball upfield towards Stevenson, but Mulgrew wins his header powerfully.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Tynecastle, and both sides look like they've had a good talking to at the break!
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes at Tynecastle, and it is goalless between Hearts and Celtic with the extremely wet conditions not helping at all. Neither side has created much, and Hearts have gone closest with Hamill's free kick and Stevenson's free header.
    • 45' Just one minute will be added at the end of this first half, and Celtic are in possession through Commons.
    • 44' Commons slots in the overlapping El Kaddouri, but the defender is ruled offside and the midfielder really should have shot himself.
    • 43' Forrest again beats Grainger down the Celtic right, but this time the defender recovers superbly.
    • 42' Majstorovic is caught napping as Skacel nips in front of the lumbering defender, but Hearts cannot capitalise on the opening.
    • 41' Hooper is rather harshly penalised as the ball strikes his arm, and he is denied a run at goal.
    • 39' Skacel harries the Celtic back four superbly, chasing down a long ball from Webster and putting El Kaddouri under real pressure.
    • 38' Stevenson is again ruled offside, and his anxiety to get in behind the Celtic back four sees the flag go up once more.
    • 37' Commons swings over a testing delivery from a corner out on the right, but it is cleared away superbly by Jonsson.
    • 35' Ian Black is rightly booked for a crude late challenge to bring down Commons on the edge of the Hearts box, and that's very unnecessary.
    • 33' Commons cuts in on his right foot and gets a powerful shot away, but it's straight at MacDonald, who parries the ball away to safety.
    • 31' What an effort from Hamill! Forster is forced into a very fine save, diving full length to his right to tip the ball wide from Hamill's sublime free kick!
    • 29' Celtic pass the ball around at the back patiently, and Bangura slots back very deep to link up the play.
    • 27' Celtic's defending has not looked at all convincing thus far, but Majstorovic clears from a free kick with gusto. Hearts continue to press forward.
    • 25' Hooper is ruled offside as he flies past Grainger and Webster at pace, but he mistimes the run.
    • 24' Skacel takes a tumble in the Celtic box under a challenge from Mulgrew, and he is promptly booked for that effort at amateur dramatics!
    • 22' MacDonald lumps a long ball up towards Stevenson, and Celtic are troubled by the long ball.
    • 21' A late challenge from Mulgrew on Mrowiec sees Hearts awarded a free kick, and that was sloppy.
    • 19' Hooper makes ground down the left, before firing over a low cross. Hearts are suddenly looking stretched at the back.
    • 17' Commons is coming into his own at last as he plays a slick one-two with Bangura before shooting on target.
    • 16' Commons gives the ball away sloppily on halfway, but Matthews and Forster combine to clear.
    • 15' Hearts stroke the ball around in their own half, and Celtic are battling very hard to try and make an impression.
    • 14' Lennon has been a pretty subdued presence thus far in the visitors' dugout as the Celtic fans chant his name.
    • 13' Bangura has started pretty well in this match, and he makes a powerful run down the left before firing a wild shot wide.
    • 11' Commons hits a fierce left-footed shot narrowly wide of the far post, and that was a bright effort from nowhere!
    • 10' Jonsson gets down the right and floats over a testing cross, which Forster cannot quite collect with the ball fortunately for him, spilled to safety.
    • 9' Sergio is already out berating his players for not pushing up the field quickly with Celtic outnumbered at the back.
    • 7' Forrest beats Grainger down the right, but his cross is intercepted by Webster in timely fashion!
    • 6' Forrest turns inside from the right flank and looks to spread the play, but Hearts defend very stoutly.
    • 5' Stevenson, who is in the action constantly, is penalised for a high boot as he challenges with Wanyama.
    • 4' Celtic's back four completely switch off as Jamie Hamill takes a quick free kick to pick out Stevenson, who directs a free header wide of the near post from inside the visitors' box - a glorious chance!
    • 3' El Kaddouri makes a strong run down the left, but he is tracked all the way by Templeton.
    • 2' Stevenson slides a through ball into the path of Rudi Skacel, but he bides his time for slightly too long and the flag goes up.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Tynecastle, and Celtic are playing in their change strip of black shorts and lurid yellow shirts.
    • 12:40 Right, with just five minutes until kick-off, it's time for you all to post your pre-match predictions. What do you think the scoreline will be today?
    • 12:35 Paulo Sergio has backed the "incredible" Hearts support to make headlines for the right reasons as Celtic visit Tynecastle. The match is a rematch of the encounter in May which saw the visitors run out comfortable 3-0 winners. But the fixture, which took place in a poisonous atmosphere, gained infamy as an individual burst on to the pitch and attacked the Hoops' boss Neil Lennon. Culprit John Wilson was later found guilty of breach of the peace. Full story
    • 12:30 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Hearts: MacDonald, Hamill, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger, Templeton, Jonsson, Mrowiec, Black, Skacel, Stevenson. Subs: Balogh, Elliott, Obua, McGowan, Novikovas, Gordon Smith, Robinson Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Mulgrew, El Kaddouri, Forrest, Ki, Wanyama, Commons, Hooper, Bangura. Subs: Zaluska, Samaras, Stokes, Mark Wilson, McCourt, Rogne, Slane
    • 12:25 "We have had some decent performances since but have not really hit the heights of what we know we are capable of and I think it is only a matter of time before we do," Lennon said. "All I'm concerned about is trying to win the game and for the team to play as well as we can. I am hoping the Tynecastle episode was the tipping point and we can get back to discussing football matters."
    • 12:20 Neil Lennon is looking for a similar outcome when he returns to Tynecastle on Sunday with Celtic for the first time since he was attacked by a Hearts fan there in May - but only in terms of his side's performance. Celtic's comprehensive and impressive 3-0 win was completely overshadowed by the touchline incident which saw the Hoops boss accosted by an irate Jambos supporter who had emerged from behind the dugout. Read full story
    • 12:15 Lennon's side have real work to do if they are to get back level with Rangers following an indifferent start with two defeats from their opening eight games.
    • 12.10 Celtic start the day a full ten points shy of leaders and great rivals Celtic, who defeated Hibernian 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a goal from Kyle Lafferty. The Bhoys cannot afford to slip up today. Rangers 1-0 Hibs
    • 12.05 We have some early team news in: midfielder Joe Ledley misses out for Celtic due to a groin injury sustained in the Europa League draw with Udinese in midweek. Full teams with you shortly.
    • 12.00 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the SPL clash between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle. Today's game was a doubt due to rain in Edinburgh but does go ahead as planned.
  • Summary

    • 81' GOAL!!!!! STEVENSON MAKES IT TWO FOR HEARTS!! Templeton races to the byline and backheels the ball exquisitely back into the path of Stevenson, who smashes an emphatic finish beyond Forster!
    • 65' RED CARD! Commons is rightly sent off for a horror challenge on Mrowiec, and that was very, very poor - it's a straight red!
    • 59' GOAL!!!!!! SKACEL SCORES FOR HEARTS! Hamill drills over a long ball which Stevenson takes down beautifully, before Skacel lashes a fierce drive into the far corner of the net!
    • 53' MacDonald makes a very good save as Mulgrew heads on target from Commons's cross!
    • 31' What an effort from Hamill! Forster is forced into a very fine save, diving full length to his right to tip the ball wide from Hamill's sublime free kick!
    • 4' Celtic's back four completely switch off as Jamie Hamill takes a quick free kick to pick out Stevenson, who directs a free header wide of the near post from inside the visitors' box - a glorious chance!
    • 12:30 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Hearts: MacDonald, Hamill, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger, Templeton, Jonsson, Mrowiec, Black, Skacel, Stevenson. Subs: Balogh, Elliott, Obua, McGowan, Novikovas, Gordon Smith, Robinson Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Mulgrew, El Kaddouri, Forrest, Ki, Wanyama, Commons, Hooper, Bangura. Subs: Zaluska, Samaras, Stokes, Mark Wilson, McCourt, Rogne, Slane

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