World News – GB – Alloa Athletic 0-0 Hearts LIVE: Visitors fight to smash wasps

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It’s been 14 years since Hearts last played in a League Cup tie at Indodrill Stadium – then at Recreation Park – when Robbie Neilson was on the pitch rather than in the dugout. Christophe Berra, however, will likely start the game the way it did back then.

Hearts finished 4-0 that day and were 3-0 winners when the teams last met in the league five days ago at Tynecastle Park. Progress in the Betfred Cup would see the Tynecastle side in the quarter-finals draw next month, meaning it is only one game before returning to Hampden Park.

At the start of the second half of extra time, Craig Gordon holds a Ray Grant attempt well while the ball is moving.

Just as I was typing this, Roberts turned off the left side and his fake cross cut off the wood over Neil Parry before meeting Wighton and walking out.

Nothing is the answer. Walker came in a good position but delivered a really bad cross.

Aside from a ferocious effort by Kingsley, Hearts didn’t look like they’d get into the final third, let alone score a goal.

Taggart goes down to the right and his cross is guided into the gate by Buchanan, but Gordon dives to his left and tips it over the post.

Walker stormed into the Alloa box, but just as it looked like he was going to score, Jamieson slipped in and blocked. Naismith wanted a passport.

Hearts ran out when Walker broke into the box, but his cross shot was cleared of danger.

Hearts were comfortable, but had big problems creating clear opportunities in the Indodrill Stadium. Alloa made it hard for visitors, much more stuffy than Tuesday in Tynecastle. As a low block, they had a barrier of four that was temporarily protected by another barrier of five right in front of their box.

Hearts threw the ball around well in the middle third, but this penetration was massively lacking. Olly Lee, Jamie Walker and Liam Boyce were guilty of either failing, trying too hard, or holding the ball too long.

Kingsley and Smith have again offered the best distance from the full-back, while Andy Halliday has tried to push forward when he can. That freedom was made possible by Peter Haring’s presence at the foot of midfield, where he provided some nice cross-field passes and intercepted them when needed.

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World news – GB – Alloa Athletic 0 – 0 Hearts LIVE: Visitors fight to break down wasps

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