Hearts 2 - 0 Aberdeen

Match info: Scottish Premiership at Tynecastle Stadium

Date: 08/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: Euan Norris Att: 14,410

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Hearts

Ryan Stevenson 31 (pen)
Callum Paterson 54

2
vs
0

Aberdeen


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  • Last Updated: December 8 2012, 18:47 GMT

Manager John McGlynn confirmed Hearts could be active in next month's winter transfer window, provided a player registration embargo is lifted by the Scottish Premier League.

John McGlynn: Preparing to lose some players in January
John McGlynn: Preparing to lose some players in January

The sanction implemented due to delayed payment of player wages is due to end on December 23 and Lithuania striker Arturas Rimkevicius has already been linked with a move to Tynecastle, although McGlynn stopped short of confirming his arrival in Edinburgh next week.

Speaking after the 2-0 win over Aberdeen which saw Hearts rise to seventh in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, McGlynn suggested players could depart in January and be replaced by cheaper options.

"The football club will still need to satisfy the SPL for that transfer embargo to be lifted," the Hearts boss said.

"We might have to lose some players and it may be we have to bring in players at a lower wage to compensate for that.

"If he (Rimkevicius) was going to be part of our plans, if he was training with us, he would get his fitness up and be ready to go if everything was to work out.

"There's a wee bit of work to get done first of all with the transfer embargo."

Hearts have a myriad of financial concerns and this week avoided a winding-up order and made a separate agreement to pay £1.5million in tax and national insurance contributions over the next three years.

Ryan Stevenson left last January over financial frustrations and scored Hearts' opener from the penalty spot, his first strike since returning from Ipswich in August with his eyes open.

Stevenson went off at half-time following a clash of heads, but was able to appear post-match groggy and sporting a black eye.

His replacement Callum Paterson netted the second for a welcome victory following a three-match winless run, which included the loss at Hibernian which saw Hearts relinquish the William Hill Scottish Cup at the first hurdle.

"I thought we merited a good 2-0 victory, a good response to last week's derby defeat," added McGlynn, who praised the input of recalled trio John Sutton, Gordon Smith and Andrew Driver.

The penalty came after Josh Magennis was adjudged to have hauled down Ryan McGowan battle to meet a corner.

McGlynn was yet to see a replay of the incident, but was wary of a similar incident in the home area and praised the resilience of his side.

The Hearts boss said: "If they were going to give penalties for every time it was done there would be a lot of penalties in games.

"I said to our lads at half-time to make sure we weren't doing that because there might have been an issue with trying to even things up in that circumstance.

"We defended all the set-pieces very, very well, stayed solid.

"Barring the Celtic game when we lost four goals, our defensive record's fairly good and barring a wee bit of bad luck for us last week we would've had another clean-sheet."

Aberdeen's wait to find the net against Hearts was extended to eight matches, the last strike coming in January 2010.

Dons manager Craig Brown, who described the penalty as "soft", has been in charge for almost exactly two years, his first match a 5-0 loss at Tynecastle, and could not explain the failure to find the net.

"It's just one of those things," Brown said.

"We inherited a situation where Hearts were beating Aberdeen and we've not managed to redress that."

Aberdeen substitutes Jamie Masson and Declan McManus came close.

Brown, whose side meet Motherwell in a Scottish Cup fourth-round replay on Tuesday, added: "The two young lads are distraught. I could have run from the dugout and scored."