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Hearts - Beating On

Started on 19 October 2014 by Zap
Latest Reply on 30 December 2014 by OwenFWTFC
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Bit late but good luck! Will be following. :)

-Jambos celebrate reaching the final-

HEARTS 3-1 HIBERNIAN (Championship)

DUMBARTON 3-7 HEARTS (Championship)

RANGERS 1-1 HEARTS (Championship)

HEARTS 2-0 FALKIRK (Championship)

HEARTS (p) 1-1 ABERDEEN (League Cup Semi-Final)

This month proved a great turn of the year for Hearts as they complete their second unbeaten month of the season. Hearts had a small wobble in December, however they have managed to power through another fantastic month which ended with Neil Alexander landing his fifth Manager of the Month award on the bounce. This month was a great month for Hearts' league campaign, but all eyes were on Hampden Park as Hearts battled to a victory against SPFL side Aberdeen in a thrilling League Cup Semi-Final.

Hearts couldn't have gotten off to a better start as they dominated Hibernian in-front of a packed out Tynecastle and grabbed themselves a 3-1 victory. The Jambos have had a great run of results against their fiercest rivals this year and it's only going to help Neil Alexander to gather the backing of the fans, if his league form and cup run hadn't inspired them anyway. Sow grabbed a brace and is catching up to Keatings in the race for the golden boot, which is currently a three horse race between Callum Gallagher of Cowdenbeath, James Keatings and Osman Sow himself.

A goal-filled game at the Bet Butler stadium was up next, as the travelling Jambos were treated to a 7-3 victory over Dumbarton. Keatings grabbed a hat-trick and Sow pushed in a brace to send the fans home delighted. Neil Alexander, however, was not so happy. The Hearts boss in a fan of good solid defence and, for him at least, conceding 3 sloppy goals was the thing that stopped him walking away thoroughly happy.

2 late goals then saw Hearts hold onto a draw away at the Ibrox. Hearts held most of the possession, however the game was not as easy as that. Rangers played incredibly well in-front of an ever-fierce crowd and made well with what possession they had. Rangers managed to grab a lead in the 83rd minute before Jamie Walker broke their 'Hearts' in the last minute.

A professional victory with a slightly rotated squad followed as Hearts faced their last game at Tynecastle before their trip to Hampden Park. Adam Reach played out of his skin this game, showing off why he had been handed another season onto his loan, and got the club off to a great start in the 7th minute. Hearts held possession well and finished Falkirk off when Dale Carrick put the ball into the back of the net just before half-time. Carrick had been complaining about first-team football and has told the press that he is delighted to have been handed a fair chance.

The Jambo faithful took a massive following to Glasgow as their side faced up to SPFL big-hitters Aberdeen in the League Cup Semi-Final. The bookies had Aberdeen down as clear favourites to win, however Hearts fans were quietly confident as their side entered the game on a huge run of good form. Keatings put the Jambos ahead almost straight after half-time, however Aberdeen equalized through Russell Anderson on the hour mark. Hearts held on through the rest of the match and through extra-time before claiming their win through some excellent penalties. This means that Hearts have landed their place in the final back at Hampden Park in March, and I think we all know who that will be against. #UpTheJambos

League Standings

Hearts are now cruising at the top of the table, 5 points ahead of Rangers and Cowdenbeath with a game in hand on both. Hearts fans will probably be celebrating at least making the play-offs soon as they hit 16 points ahead Livingston in 5th, having a game in hand with them also.
Well done on reaching the final. 5 points clear and a game in hand, got to be the favourites for the title!!!!!

-Hearts starlet signs contract extension-

Hearts' most exciting prospect, 21 year-old playmaker Jason Holt, has put pen to paper on a 4 year contract extension today. Jason came through the clubs youth academy has been in impressive form this season, leading to this extended contract. The club are glad to have pinned down their young starlet and hope that he can grow with them. The player himself is also pleased to have been given this new contract.

"I am delighted, it shows that I am wanted here at the club," Beamed a smiley Holt. "I have worked hard this season and I am so happy to have it recognised. I just want to keep on impressing for the next 4 years and hopefully I can work on my game. It was my dream to play at Tynecastle and to be dubbed as their brightest prospect, it's flattering to say the least. I want to pay everything back to the fans through my performances."
Rather like your update layouts. Well done results wise this year, and making the final obviously is a great achievement. Keep up the good work! :D

ALLOA 0-0 HEARTS (Championship)

HEARTS 2-0 LIVINGSTON (Championship)

QOTS 0-1 HEARTS (Championship)

HEARTS 5-1 COWDENBEATH (Championship)

Hearts have continued 2015 in style and have still not been defeated in the calendar year. The club is closer than ever to it's first flight return and surely it won't be long until they hoist the Championship trophy. Alim Ozturk picked up Player of the Month and Jordan McGhee won Young Player of the Month, however Neil Alexander was beaten by Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs to Manager of the Month, meaning that he will not be picking up 6 in a row.

First off was a slightly disappointing goalless draw at Alloa Athletic. The team were generally disappointing and you can see why Neil Alexander had every right to be frustrated that his team couldn't even nick a win. Hearts suffered 2 injuries this game to Pallardo and to Billy King, however both weren't serious. Hearts had the majority of chances but couldn't but the ball into the net.

Hearts made up for that game with a 2-0 home victory over Livingston. Hearts put in one of their 'professional' displays as they dispatched Livingston easily. The team handled most of the possession and made good with their chances. Alexander was heaping praise on to Sam Nicholson, of whom had just returned from injury this game and picked up Man of the Match.

The club then, once again, just about pushed a win over Queen of the South. Signs are showing, in the Alloa game and this game, that a little bit of complacency may be creeping into the squad and this is something Neil Alexander had to deal with. Hearts dominated the ball, as they always do, however they couldn't score until an attack in the 93rd minute found James Keatings in space and in-front of goal, Keatings then went on to slot the ball past the keeper and ended up grabbing all 3 points.

Neil Alexander said they needed to keep playing with enthusiasm throughout the game and the team answered with a massive 5-1 victory over fellow promotion rivals Cowdenbeath. Centre-Back Alim Ozturk managed to grab a hat-trick this game somehow and Sow knocked one in to claw back Keatings goal last game in their race for Golden Boot and the good thing is that the back 4 stopped Calum Gallagher, the Cowdenbeath striker who is also in the Golden Boot race, from netting.

League Table

Hearts now move 11 points clear at the top and the title is surely firmly in their grasp now. It is also worth noting that Hearts have the most goals scored and least goals conceded in the league, surely that just proves why they should be promoted. In the race for the golden boot Keatings and Sow are both on 14 goals and Cowdenbeath's Calum Gallagher is 1 goal ahead on 15.



Nice Result

Good luck in de final as well :P
Doing very nicely in the league. Brilliant cup form, come on Hearts :P
TonkaWolves: Thanks and ye we are surely favourites, can't see anyone else catching us unless we slip up massively.
Neal: Thanks! And ye the final is going to be massive.
Tallery: It was a huge result and we are going to need all the luck we can get in the final.
Jonaldinho: We're doing alright aren't we? :P #UpTheJambos

CELTIC 0-1 HEARTS (League Cup Final)

Hearts have won the League Cup after defeating Scottish top dogs Celtic! Fans were going wild in Glasgow and in Edinburgh as Jason Holt, wearing the armband for the first time this match, lifted the trophy. Nobody had expected Hearts to snatch victory from the hands of the bhoys, but the Jambos have managed to do it and everyone surrounding the club is agreeing that Neil Alexander is the man to lead the club forward.

Celtic started the game on top with a few meaningful attacks, however they couldn't get the better of Alexander as he pulled of some great saves. Hearts got slightly more into the game come the end of half-time, but Celtic were firmly on top on the Hearts fans were wondering if their team would have to park the bus in the second half. Hearts had one attack just before half-time when Adam Reach powered past Darnell Fisher and whipped a cross into James Keatings, however he hit the ball into row z after not connecting with it as he would of hoped.
Something must have happened during half-time because Hearts came storming out of the blocks.

Hearts had twice the number of their first-half shots in the first 10 minutes of the second half as they attacked Celtic keeper Leo Fasan. It was not long until the ball dropped with Keatings one-on-one with Fasan and you would never bet against Keatings scoring in those types of situations as he neatly places the ball through the keeper's legs and into the net to score against his former team and to send the fans into raptures. From that point on Hearts sat back a bit and managed to swallow up Celtic attacks, and yet still had a few shots themselves. Coming into the last 5 minutes Hearts well and truly parked the bus and they managed to hold on to a memorable victory!
-MoTM McGhee celebrates with Sam Nicholson-

"We deserved this, we've been fantastic!" Exclaimed an ecstatic Holt as he held the trophy. "The lads have been working hard for this game and all of it has paid off, I can't tell you what I'm feeling right now. It's great to have what you've worked for pay off, but we've got to get back to earth now and make sure we left the Championship trophy at the end of the season aswell"

Promising, 18 year-old centre-back and Scottish U21 international Jordan McGhee was awarded Man of the Match. "I can't quite believe it, we have done it. The whole team put in a fantastic performance out here tonight and to be honest I feel a few of the players could have a better claim than me for this award but I'm glad that people recognize my efforts!"
Awesome update Zap great achievement winning the cup and awesome season :)

-Brad McKay has impressed fans in the last few weeks-

RAITH 1-0 HEARTS (Championship)

HEARTS 3-0 DUMBARTON (Championship)

FALKIRK 2-0 HEARTS (Championship)

HEARTS 3-1 QOTS (Championship)

Hearts have faced a slight dip in form this month as they have lost 2 games this month. Neil Alexander has came out telling his team not to get complacent, but it seems like it is slightly creeping into their play. Despite the negatives of their dip, Hearts have managed to secure a certain play-off spot and are looking clear favourites for the title itself.

Hearts traveled away to Raith in their first game, a travel in which ended with an incredibly disappointing 1-0 defeat. Hearts didn't look bothered in this game and, even with a rotated squad, it was quite clearly that Alexander needed to encourage them to keep going. In the second-half Hearts attacked their goal but couldn't find an equalizer.

The club then corrected that last result with a 3-0 home victory over Dumbarton. This was a more orthodox Hearts team and they put in a performance that we have come to expect of them as they kept hold of the ball and made good with their chances. Centre-Back McKay grabbed 2 goals along with Sam Nicholson, of whom is starting to hit form again after his return from injury.

Away to Falkirk sparked an even more disappointing game than the Raith game. Their performance against Dumbarton couldn't carry over to this game as Hearts conceded 2 sloppy goals and couldn't seem to get back into the game after that. Despite a negative start to the game with the 2 goals, Hearts pounded and pounded the Falkirk goal but, as with the Raith game, they couldn't seem to score.

Once again a return to Tynecastle sparked a return to normal form as Hearts cruised past Queen of the South. Hearts had the majority of possession and the majority of shots as they attacked QoTS with force. Osman Sow grabbed a vital goal in the race for the golden boot, but unfortunately, just as he was returning to form, Sam Nicholson got injured again. This time he had torn a hamstring and will miss the rest of the season.

League Table

Hearts are still 10 points clear at the top, even with the disappointing defeats this month. The club guaranteed a play-off spot and, even with this month, they are looking good for the title. Osman Sow has pushed in-front of Keatings in the running for the Golden Boot with his goal against QoTS. Sow is now joint top with Gallagher of Cowdenbeath with 15 goals.
couple poor results there, but still on track for a title win! keep it up!
Good job mate,wining cup is great achievement! Keep it up.
Way to stay atop the league, and brilliantly done on winning the cup over Celtic! What a brilliant victory for the fans to forever remember, and what a night for Jason Holt! :D

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