Hearts vs Hibs - LIVE updates

Having won just one of their previous ten derby games, Hibs went into this one in arguably their worst possible state. One win in just five Scottish Premiership ...

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson saw more derby day delight for his Hearts side as they ran out 3-0 winners over bitter rivals Hibs with relative ease on a joyous January outing for the Jambos.

Having won just one of their previous ten derby games, Hibs went into this one in arguably their worst possible state. One win in just five Scottish Premiership games hardly had them down as the form side of the division, and with Hearts having gone unbeaten in their last four - alongside welcoming Lee Johnson's men to a boisterous Tynecastle - the signs weren't looking good for the under fire boss.

Tynecastle has not proved to be an easy place for Hibs to visit in recent years. Their last win in enemy territory came all the way back in 2019, and even before then it was May 2013 - two wins in just under 10 years meant ghosts had to be banished if they were to survive.

Those same ghosts, however, haunted them from the off. Will Fish's inexplicable behaviour saw him try to keep the ball in play twice, being robbed by Cammy Devlin, who found Lawrence Shankland after his shot was parried - and the striker scored his 17th of the season to continue the derby day traditions.

A strong showing by Hearts ensued, with only a strong tackle by Toby Sibbick preventing Elie Youan from registering Hibs' only real clear cut chance. Then, on the stroke of half-time, a handball was given against Rocky Bushiri to hand Shankland the chance to score from the spot and bag for a second time in the game. He did with aplomb; Hearts were in the ascendency, and it seemed as though they could win the game by four or more.

The second half was different altogether. Hibs came flying out of the traps and Hearts looked shellshocked. They barely mustered any chances, the midfield was being swamped and the tide had turned. But the different between the two was vast - Hibs couldn't finish their chances, and a figure like Shankland would have made the difference.

A double save from Zander Clark as we headed towards stoppage time seemed to waive Hibs of any confidence, and with players tiring, substitute Stephen Humphrys burst through to score a third and leave Gorgie rocking in the festive celebrations.

Recap the action here on our blog!

Hearts XI: Clark, Smith, Rowles, Cochrane, Sibbick, Snodgrass, Devlin, Halliday, McKay, Ginnelly, Shankland. Subs: Stewart, Grant, Kio, Atkinson, Forrest, Neilson, Henderson, Humphrys, Pollock.

Hibs XI: Marshall, Cadden, Hanlon, Bushiri, Fish, Stevenson, Newell, Campbell, Nisbet, McKirdy, Youan. Subs: Schofield, Cabraja, Kenneh, Magennis, Jair, Henderson, Melkersen, Megwa, McGeady.

17:05KEY EVENT

FULL TIME! 3-0 HEARTS!

More derby day misery for Hibs, and Lee Johnson's tenure looks close and close to jeopardy with just three points picked up from a possible 18.

The tone was set in the first 10 minutes; poor defending from Will Fish gave Cammy Devlin the chance to win the ball, before Lawrence Shankland finished with ease.

He then scored a penalty on the stroke of half time after a VAR shout for handball on Rocky Bushiri was confirmed, before Stephen Humphrys wrapped the game up in stoppage time.

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17:01Will Lancaster

Clark hit...

Zander Clark appears to have been struck by something from the away end. Unsavoury end to a superb game by the Scotland international.

17:00Will Lancaster

Clark hit...

Zander Clark appears to have been struck by something from the away end. Unsavoury end to a superb game by the Scotland international.

16:58KEY EVENT

GOAL! 3-0!

Stephen Humphrys marks his return with a bang!

A loose ball is picked up by

He sets Humphrys away in a footrace with Lewis Stevenson and Paul Hanlon who must be absolutely shattered by now. David Marshall stays on his line, and Humphrys slides home with aplomb with just two minutes to go.

'Hibs are falling apart again' is the cry from the Gorgie faithful.

16:53Will Lancaster

Seven added

Seven minutes for Hibs to score two here. If they can't score from that chance, they've a long way to go.

16:52Will Lancaster

ZANDER CLARK, TAKE A BOW!

What a spirited performance that is from the Hearts keeper!

Chris Cadden absolutely bursts free down the right hand side, and his neat cutback finds Kyle Magennis.

Clark saves his goal bound effort, though it rebounds to the striker. Clark gets up to thwart him again, and with the ball in the path of Cadden, Kye Rowles gets down strongly to clear the ball with his feet.

16:51Will Lancaster

Sublime from Shankland

What can't he do?

Lawrence Shankland picks the ball up on the right touchline, and a bounced backheel pass finds Alan Forrest able to galivant into space.

He tries to beat Lewis Stevenson with Stephen Humphrys bursting into the box, but his touch is too strong.

16:48Will Lancaster

Campbell heads wide

Josh Campbell thinks he has broken the offside trap as his header is connected well, though it goes wide with no conviction.

To add insult to injury, the flag goes up after. Time running out here.

16:46Will Lancaster

Elsewhere...

Aberdeen are being held 0-0 at home to Ross County, whilst Kilmarnock vs St Mirren is the same scoreline.

Livingston are drawing 1-1 at home to Motherwell, and Tony Watt has scored a huge goal for Dundee United as they've just gone 1-0 up at St Johnstone.

16:42Will Lancaster

Fifteen to go

Despite Hibs' dominance and Hearts' failure to produce a top second half performance, it remains 2-0 here in the capital. What will the rest of the game have in store?

Hearts' Lawrence Shankland scores to make it 2-0 (Image: SNS Group)

16:40Will Lancaster

McKay flashes wide

A horribly mistimed Rocky Bushiri header sees Barrie McKay advance at the heart of the Hibs defence in a 2v3 situation.

He drives to the edge of the box, but with no further options on he opts for the shot - which sails marginally wide of David Marshall's goal.

He is replaced by Steven Humphrys.

16:36Will Lancaster

Hearts not at the races

If it wasn't for Hibs' lack of clincal edge, this game would be level at the very minimum.

Bar the penalty shout about 15 minutes ago - which was nowhere near a spot kick - Hearts have not had anything to work with this second half.

16:34Will Lancaster

What a bizarre shot!

Youan drives at the heart of the defence, plays a double one-two with Joe Newell before Cochrane clears the ball.

He clears it right on to the path of Newell, and the ball flies towards the goal with only a smart stop from Zander Clark keeping it at 2-0.

16:32Will Lancaster

Nisbet close!

It does feel like a matter of time until Hibs get themselves one back here.

Some neat build up in the box finds Nisbet, who swivels and fires a shot off - but it is brilliantly blocked by Alex Cochrane. They keep coming in swarms but there is just no real quality in that final third to create a clear-cut chance.

16:26Will Lancaster

Hearts a different team

Unsure what has happened to Hearts so far this half, but they are not the team that dominated Hibs in the first half.

They're being stretched more, failing to control the tempo of the game and as a result, Hibs are getting themselves back into the match.

Whether they can use that momentum is another story.

16:21Will Lancaster

Hibs still putting the pressure on

Hibs have come out for this second half as a different animal. They're allowing no space on the ball for Hearts, and seem a lot calmer and much more shrewd in possession.

Hearts have a shout for a penalty waved away as Cammy Devlin goes down. It's a superb tackle from Paul Hanlon.

16:16Will Lancaster

Hibs stronger

It's been a fairly mediorcre start to the second half, but it is the visitors who have been the strong side by penning Hearts in to their own half.

Michael Smith goes into the book for a clumsy challenge on Aiden McGeady, but Hibs can't make anything of the free kick.

16:12Will Lancaster

Hibs subs

Will Fish and Harry McKirdy - who both came into the team as the only two new changes - have both been hooked at half-time, with Kyle Magennis and Aiden McGeady entering the fray.

16:09Will Lancaster

Second half underway

We are back underway here in Gorgie, with Hibs kicking us off.

16:00Will Lancaster

Half time stats in Hearts' favour

Hearts have had four shots on target compared to Hibs' one, three corners to one and boast 60 per cent possession over their local rivals.

It doesn't get much more comprehensive than that that in one half, does it?

15:54KEY EVENT

HALF TIME! 2-0!

It almost became 3-0 just before the break - Josh Ginnelly goes for a speculative volley from the edge of the box that is tipped wide by David Marshall.

This has been a relative non-contest. Bar a Kevin Nisbet half chance and a superb Toby Sibbick recovery from a poor backpass which could have seen Elie Youan capitalise, Hibs have offered nothing.

Lawrence Shankland's double has seen them race ahead at the break, will they hold on to that? Catch up with us after the break!

(Image: SNS Group)

15:49Will Lancaster

Sibbick the saviour!

Wow, how has he saved that!

Cammy Devlin gives Toby Sibbick a backpass, though it is too strong and Youan picks up the ball, with no defenders ahead of him he bears down on Zander Clark in goal.

He seems destined to get a shot away, but Sibbick recovers extremely well and as Youan pulls the trigger, he gets his foot in the way to rapturous applause from the Hearts support. That was superb.

Four minutes added, here.

15:47Will Lancaster

Clark called into action

The first real time that the Hearts keeper has really had anything to do.

A ball is floated in for a Hibs defender to attack with a header in the air, but it's bread and butter for Clark, which he parries to safety.

15:44Will Lancaster

McKirdy goes close!

Some superb play from Youan finds Lewis Stevenson, who drills a first time ball across the six-yard box.

McKirdy stretches as far as he can, but he just can't make contact as the ball ends up in Hearts' favour as a throw-in. He's been lively.

15:41Will Lancaster

GOAL! HEARTS!

After what seems like years of on-field reviews, Shankland finally makes it 2-0 to the hosts. It is nothing more than they deserve, in all fairness.

It is really tough to see a way back for Lee Johnson and his side now.

Hearts' Lawrence Shankland celebrates with teammates after making it 1-0 (Image: SNS Group)

15:40KEY EVENT

PENALTY HEARTS!

Rocky Bushiri has been given a yellow card for handball - and it will be Lawrence Shankland with a chance to grab his brace...

15:38Will Lancaster

Kevin Clancy goes to the screen!

Sibbick looked offside, though the officials are checking for a potential handball beforehand! What drama here!

VAR checks for a possible penalty for handball during a cinch Premiership match between Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian at Tynecastle, on January 02, 2023, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Image: SNS Group)

15:36Will Lancaster

Goal ruled out for Hearts...

Just as fans in the Tynecastle home end think they have gone 2-0 up, it is ruled out for offside.

A ball is sent into the box, and a pinball in the area sees Cammy Devlin hit a striker towards goal. A tussle - albeit a fair one - ensues before Toby Sibbick prods the ball in...

VAR is being deployed here.

15:34Will Lancaster

Nisbet close!

Wow, that is a huge chance for Hibs.

The ball comes down the left for the away side, who haven't really done anything of note in the first half hour here.

Thody Elie Youan sends the ball in and Nisbet finds himself invited to strike from eight yards out - though his effort trickles wide of the left post. Hibs' best chance.

15:31Will Lancaster

Chance for Hearts

There's a free kick on the edge after Michael Smith goes down on the edge, around 30 yards out. The ball is flicked in my Snodgrass, and though his strike comes to nothing, he wins a corner which is eventually cleared.

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