Hearts go sixth with victory
A review of Sunday's action in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, with Hearts climbing to sixth with a win.
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Ryan Stevenson scored twice as Hearts climbed to sixth in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Dundee United.
In a match where Rudi Skacel was supposed to be the central protagonist on his Tynecastle return, Stevenson put Hearts in front after 15 minutes and added a second from the penalty spot after 31 minutes.
Keith Watson pulled a goal back after 57 minutes but United could not find a second as Hearts climbed above their opponents with victory in their final home match of a tumultuous calendar year.
In Sunday's other game, Kilmarnock and Hibernian served up some decent festive fare before sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
In an entertaining first half played in almost constant rain, striker Paul Heffernan gave the Ayrshire side the lead in the sixth minute before Hibees hitman Eoin Doyle levelled on 26 minutes with his third goal in two games.
While Killie defender Robbie Fowler made a goalline clearance from Paul Cairney just after the break, excitement levels dipped and thereafter neither side did enough to claim all three points.
However, both sets of players deserve credit for playing in some miserable conditions, as did the 4,023 fans who braved the conditions.