Hearts bolstered their chances of successive third-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership by thrashing a woeful Aberdeen at Tynecastle.
Goals from Michael Smith, Lawrence Shankland and Josh Ginnelly, after Graham Shinnie’s own-goal, gave the hosts a commanding half-time lead.
Cammy Devlin added a fifth in the second half and it could have been more, as a ragged Aberdeen collapsed.
It leaves Jim Goodwin’s side with just one win in their last eight games.
And it returns the pressure on the Aberdeen manager, with his side now trailing Hearts by nine points and Livingston by two, having played a game more than the latter.
More to follow.
- 21SibbickSubstituted forKingsleyat 75′minutes
- 15RowlesBooked at 55mins
- 2SmithSubstituted forForestat 85′minutes
- 77SnodgrassSubstituted forOdaat 85′minutes
- 18McKaySubstituted forGrantat 65′minutes
- 30GinnellySubstituted forHumphrysat 65′minutes
- 33KennedySubstituted forRichardsonat 72′minutes
- 17HayesSubstituted forBesuijenat 54′minutes
- 20clarksonSubstituted forMyslovicat 61′minutes
- 11de Barros LopesBooked at 39minsSubstituted forWatkinsat 72′minutes
- 9MiovskySubstituted forDuncanat 61′minutes
- William Collum
Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 5, Aberdeen 0.
Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 5, Aberdeen 0.
VAR Decision: No Goal Heart of Midlothian 5-0 Aberdeen.
GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Marley Watkins (Aberdeen) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review.
Offside, Aberdeen. Liam Scales tries a through ball, but Vicente Besuijen is caught offside.
Foul by Cameron Devlin (Heart of Midlothian).
Ylber Ramadani (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jorge Grant (Heart of Midlothian).
Ylber Ramadani (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Jorge Grant (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Alan Forrest (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yutaro Oda.
Offside, Aberdeen. Vicente Besuijen tries a through ball, but Jayden Richardson is caught offside.
Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Yutaro Oda replaces Robert Snodgrass.
Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Alan Forrest replaces Michael Smith.
Foul by Stephen Humphrys (Heart of Midlothian).
Ross McCrorie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Stephen Kingsley (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marley Watkins (Aberdeen).
Alex Cochrane (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ylber Ramadani (Aberdeen).