Hearts hit three to stun Hibs in Edinburgh derby
- Hearts score three times in the second half to thrash Hibs 3-1 at Easter Road
- Manager Daniel Stendel’s side move off the bottom of the Premiership table
- Out-of-sorts Hibs remain fifth after falling to their worst result under boss Jack Ross
Hearts scored three second-half goals as they thrashed city rivals Hibernian to move off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table and earn their second win at Easter Road this season.
A penalty from Sean Clare, followed by strikes from Oliver Bozanic and Conor Washington, sealed a well-deserved victory long before Hibs substitute Malker Hallberg netted a consolation late on.
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The result moves Hearts above Hamilton in the Premiership table ahead of Wednesday’s fixtures, and is just the Jambos’ fourth league win of the campaign.
After a balanced opening half, the game turned on its head after referee Kevin Clancy awarded the visitors a penalty for a Scott Allan handball.
Clare slotted the penalty into the bottom left corner before Bozanic curled in a fine effort from outside of the box to double Hearts’ lead.
Washington smashed in a third following a counter attack, while Hallberg’s effort was too late for manager Jack Ross’ side.
Hibs were fortunate to not play the majority of the game with 10 men after striker Marc McNulty appeared to stamp on Clare’s back midway through the first half.
Hearts defender Craig Halkett also escaped punishment for a late challenge on Hibs striker Christian Doidge, which could have resulted in a second yellow card.
The defeat is a blow for Hibs. who were looking to close the gap on fourth-place Aberdeen to just one point ahead of their visit to Pittordrie on Saturday.
It is also their second defeat to Hearts on home soil this season, following their 2-1 defeat in September.