World News – GB – Cowdenbeath 0-1 Hearts: Bayview enchantment remains as Jambos do hard work of Methil


This is the third time in three years that they have ventured into the small town of Methil, nestled in Fife, in the Betfred Cup – and it is the third time that they have struggled

In 2018 they were there to take on Raith Rovers, and although they prevailed on penalties after a 1-1 draw, the performance was not up to par Last year it was East Fife – the team we should play here for – that caused the dismay for the Jambos, with the Fifers winning on kicks after another 1-1 standoff and pressure exerted on the manager of the time, Craig Levein This time it was Robbie Neilson in the visitors dugout with Cowdenbeath of Ligue 2 who had ‘home’ team status

It seems no matter who the opponents are: Hearts and Locality Hub Bayview Stadium, to give this Spartan stadium its Sunday name, just doesn’t seem to get along

At least on this occasion Hearts recorded a clear victory It took Craig Halkett 78 minutes to break the deadlock, but when you don’t play well – and make no mistake, Hearts didn’t not played well here – most important thing is to find a way to win and come where They even missed a penalty in stopping time when Jamie Walker failed 12 yards The record books will say Cowdenbeath 0 Hearts 1, and that should be the end

We were only here rather than 30 minutes closer to Edinburgh due to the Cowdenbeath house, Central Park, rendered out of use after heavy rains last weekend flooded the place The men of Gary Bollan would have been forgiven for expecting a barrage of attacks from their most illustrious and well-endowed opponents, but from the start the league favorites made it difficult for them to meet.

Neilson decided to make some changes to the starting XI that beat Inverness at Tynecastle on Tuesday night in their Group A opener.The big surprise was the inclusion of young midfielder Scott McGill, who replaced Andy Irving – called up for Scotland’s Under-21 squad – while Jordan Roberts was promoted to the starting XI at the expense of Craig Wighton Steven Naismith led the line in the now very familiar 4-2-3-1 formation, with Walker playing behind in the Non10 role

A small crowd was there to attend the events The walls of Bayview are not high enough to prevent creative fans from finding a point of view, whether it is two curious youngsters watching them or the half – dozen who stood by the sea of ​​this icy «  arena  » to watch it Thank goodness they weren’t asked to pay because the show’s rate wasn’t cop much

Cowdenbeath had lined up 4-5-1, clearly expecting the worst, and although goalkeeper Ross Sinclair dropped a cross under pressure from Naismith early on, it was they who realized the biggest piece in the first ten minutes A free kick into the heart’s surface caused confusion and Craig Barr fell in search of a penalty It appeared contact with captain Cowdenbeath, and the ex-man from Livingston was adamant it was a foul L ‘referee Alan Newlands was impassive

Hearts struggled to exert any superiority over their enemies Fife in the opening 20 minutes and it’s no surprise that Neilson changed the form of the squad He became more aggressive in a 4-2-4 formation with Walker on the sidelines and Naismith and Josh Ginnelly as the first two Hearts gained some momentum thanks to this, with Walker picking up the ball just over the bar after a Halkett knockdown and then Ginnelly wasting an opportunity

Newlands’ halftime whistle ended a dismal half for Hearts, by far the worst since football resumed, with a substantial lack of quality hampering their efforts Conversely, Cowdenbeath was applauded off the pitch by his support and back room staff for a committed performance

Hearts reappeared without Naismith, who looked uncomfortable on the heavy artificial surface, with Wighton replacing him While low, Hearts started to improve They were more incisive with their pass, with Walker curling a wide effort and Roberts hammering a volley right off Sinclair’s post

Young McGill gave way as the game progressed Although he did little consequence, he did little harm either, a neat debut for someone so young and inexperienced Olly Lee, stationed next to him, had a difficult afternoon because nothing happened for him Once Peter Haring, who replaced him later in the match, is back in great shape, his position will be even better supervised

Cowdenbeath had put so much energy into this game so it was inevitable that they would get tired It was clear this would end 0-0 or be a Hearts win as we went into the final 20 minutes The latest result turned huge just 12 minutes from when substitute Elliott Frear sent a corner to put Halkett in power Amidst the turgid nature of Hearts’ game, it was ironic that such a simple goal landed him

Blue Brazil barely threatened in search of an equalizer, but Hearts got a chance to put some shine on the score just around the time of the death when Roberts fell and got a penalty kick Alas, Sinclair guessed right and a well saved Walker 2-0 would have been tough for Cowdenbeath

Two out of two wins for Hearts – both 1-0 – in this competition mean qualifying for the last 16 can almost be assured Tuesday night at home against Raith Rovers Neilson expects better performance Beating Rovers would be also desirable, because as the football gods have decreed, Hearts are due to return to Bayview next month when they conclude the squad against East Fife The men in brown can’t take anything for granted in Methil

Heart of Midlothian FC, Cowdenbeath FC, Craig Halkett, Robbie Neilson, Craig Gordon, Scotland, Jamie Walker

World News – UK – Cowdenbeath 0-1 Hearts: The Enchantment of Bayview remains as the Jambos do hard work of Methil


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