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He has saved it, Raith Rovers have won the League Cup!
That has gone straight into the net, won the League Cup!
it is sensational here in Munich! And Raith Rovers are into the
semifinals of the Scottish Cup for the first time in 47 years.
Raith Rovers have won the Ramsdens Cup!
Rangers one, Raith Rovers two! Raith Rovers have built up an
impressive collection of cup classics over the years and the
impressive collection of cup Kirkcaldy club look to add to those
magical memories here today. Robbers are not in great form at the moment
but the same can be said of their Premiership opponents, Hearts have
won only once in the five matches since the much talked about Ian
Cathro took charge. Well, to Stark's Park, that is the Williams Hill
Scottish Cup fourth round, Raith Rovers against Hearts, and live here
on the BBC will stop in the company of these two alongside me, former
Hearts captain Michael Stuart and northern Ireland manager Michael
O'Neill. Ian Cathro, number two, Michael, is your number two at
international level, Austin McCrea. You will have an insight and
awareness of the amazing pressure both of those are under.
Yes, it has been a challenging time, Austin has done great work as part
of my backroom staff and the international scene. He has heard
involvement previously with St Mirren but this is a great
opportunity for him and Ian Cathro. They have been unfairly judged and
harshly criticised at times. They are both young and very
enthusiastic. Given time, they will do well, but it is a big game today.
Raith Rovers got off to a great start under Gary Locke but at the
moment they are in shocking form, they have not won since the end of
October and scored only three goals in those nine games. Not a great
run, but this will be a tough game for Hearts. There are a lot of
players and on the coaching staff as well, connections to Tynecastle and
it will be desperate to put in a great performance. From the heart 's
perspective, a huge crowd behind us, a big amount of expectation, a tough
place to come to and with three games in the week coming up against
Rangers, Celtic and Motherwell, there is meant that the board wants
to build up going those games. But the big travelling support, there is
pressure on the players to make sure they get a result at Stark's Park
and get into the next round of the cup. Someone else that Michael knows
well is Aaron Hughes, they could be crucial to the back lane of Hearts
today, three quarters of it has changed. Aaron Hughes is a player I
know well, people might look at his age but he is a super athlete and
professional. I think it would be a real positive for Hearts around the
club to have him here. John Souttar is a young centre-back. I think
Aaron will help him. It will be a big gas today, three players coming
in to a brand-new back for essentially. It is a real positive
to have someone of Aaron Hughes's quality to come and to this club.
From a Scottish perspective, we are struggling at centre-half, coming
end beside John Souttar is a big positive because we have to get more
centre has entered a national side. John Souttar has the ability but
centre has entered a national side. playing alongside Aaron Hughes will
hopefully develop as a player as well. So important that Hearts set
the tone, it could turn nasty for them. Yes, Raith Rovers want to make
this a horrible cup-tied, they do not want to let Hearts settle into
the game. They want them to feel the pressure of the crowd. We could have
a really good cup-tied today. The teams are in the tunnel, let us get
to the action. To your commentators, Steven Thompson and Leah McLeod.
Thank you, Rob, good afternoon, first Scottish Cup meeting between
these two size since January 's 1979. It is a fixture Hearts have
historically dominated with most expecting that to continue today.
You have to go to September 1993 to find a Raith Rovers victory over
their lecturers. Sinclair scoring the winner at Tynecastle against a
hard side that featured current Raith Rovers boss Gary Locke.
Subplots all over the place today. None of the matter, it is about
getting into the fifth round of the door which takes place later on.
Despite perform as mentioned, Raith Rovers stick largely with the team
from last week. Ryan Stevenson, the former Hearts player, he is
suspended. Kevin McHattie he also plays. Mark Stewart recently signed
a new deal and replaces Ryan Hardie. A start for young midfielder Scott
Matthews as well. No fewer than four Debbie Jevans in the heart starting
XI, three at the back but Struna, dues and saw were all thrown into
the team. Further up the park, Malaury Martin will play behind the
striker, the rest of the team will be more familiar to the rest of the
Hearts supporters. Plenty of firepower on the bench of Raith
Rovers with McManus, Hardie and Skacel on the substitutes bench. He
has twice won this tournament with Hearts. Darren Jackson, he had a
spell at Tynecastle as a player. Gary Locke, the pressure beginning
to build on him, as it is with Ian Cathro, just the one win so far.
John Beaton in charge, 35-year-old communications officer who was in
charge in last year's semifinals which was won by Hibernian against
Dundee United. Big game, difficult cup tie for Hearts. Since beating
Queen of the South and October, the house but to sixth in the Cadillac
Championship. We have only scored twice in their last six games. A
dramatic drop given that they won their first three matches in the
league and were third as recently as late autumn. Hearts not feeling too
much better in the Premiership right now. Just the one victory over Ian
Cathro so far. Six points off of Aberdeen in third position having
played one game more. Steven Thompson joined me for this one. The
site is not in form and this is as good a place to start kicking on as
any. Yes, not informed, Raith Rovers have set up a rigid 4-5-1, five in
the midfield looking to the state Hearts. During the week Ian Cathro
reiterated time and again his desire for an explosive start for Hearts.
It has been an interesting open spell. Hearts have not gone beyond
the fifth round since 2012 but to be fair to them, they were twice peered
already taken a banned the disease. already taken a banned the disease.
-- E Bang to the face. A concern early on for Hearts. Callum Paterson
is of course out injured and has been for a long time. Jimmy Walker
has been the star of the season. He has been excellent, ten goals so far
this season. That looked like a bit of a rolled elbow as he went up for
the challenge. He has been a talisman for Hearts this season and
he will be hoping to shake this off very quickly. Also had a spell at
Raith Rovers, Jimmy Walker. You can see the look on Ian Cathro's
feistier, a little bit of concern. -- Ian Cathro's says.
If he gets that nose fixed up, I am sure he will be OK to continue.
Davidson, the right-back, a Hall of Fame for Raith Rovers. Former
midfield player. The experienced Don Cowie.
This is John Niamh local who is playing at centre-half for Raith
Rovers today. -- Jean-Yves Mvoto. He has been a mainstay in the Rovers
backline the season. It was always going to be a difficult job for Gary
Locke, after his predecessor took Raith Rovers into the play-offs last
season before moving on to manage Dundee United, Ray McKinnon. John
Souttar, just the seven years younger than his central defensive
partner today, Aaron Hughes. Over 100 caps for Northern Ireland,
in fact, he got the 100th cap just before the European Championship
finals. That was in the summer. He played in the Europa League final
for Fulham in Berlin, in fact, I think it was Hamburg. It was
Atletico Madrid, it was a goal for van's inspired side that would get
their hands on the trophy. -- it was a Diego Forlan's. It'll be
interesting to see how Martin does. Djoum has been playing previously in
that position but he is at the Africa Cup of Nations. He had been
linking up well. Interesting to see how Martin does in that area.
Here is Don Cowie. Walker seems to be shoved off the ball. Stuart
winning it back for Rovers. Knocked be shoved off the ball. Stuart
into touch by Matthews. Well, Gary Locke felt hard done by when he was
removed from his post as Hearts boss on the day that Aaron Boyd and Craig
Levein swept to power. Replaced by Robbie Neilson. And Hearts have not
really kicked the ball since Robbie Neilson left. The dead beat, but by
a really heavy scoreline at Tynecastle, it has been the only
victory so far for Ian Cathro. We were both that the game. We saw them
play at Tynecastle in Robbie Neilson's last game in charge
against Rangers and it was hugely impressive that day but they have
been nowhere near that standard sense. Yes, he has had a couple of
difficult weeks, a sticky start. Hopefully in the January transfer
window he can help the side and put a plan together. We have not seen
that so far. Gary Locke will have a point to
prove to the Hearts board who will be watching in the Main stand over
there. The packed streetside of Stark's Park. Hearts are in their
changed colour is shooting south in this first half. It is a brilliant
or not, you must say, from the Hearts supporters, coming over the
bridge. Good ball by Hamilton, looking for Johnsen. He was superb
that night against Rangers. Managed to control a ball that was above his
head and bearing in mind he is six foot five, quite impressive! Do you
know what, his first touch is excellent for quite a big man. When
know what, his first touch is it comes up to Mark Stewart, he has
a huge job on his hands to make sure that he retains the ball because the
Raith Rovers midfield are quite detached from him so he has to link
the play well. Here is Johnsen. detached from him so he has to link
Really annoyed last year, Hearts, going out eventually to the winners
of the tournament after a replay. Lead 2-0 at home but ended up going
out. Jason Cummings scoring the winner in the replay for Hibernian.
We all heard that. Nowak. Here comes Raith Rovers, Jordan Thompson, he is
on loan from Rangers. Looking for bar. Good play from Bobby Barr.
Recently any game against Falkirk, Barr started on the left. But they
ended up losing 4-1 despite scoring first. Really disappointing for
them. Falkirk ended up running amok. Straight alt to the side and put out
by Matthews. Trying to link the play with Johnson. -- Johnsen. He has a
big task on his hands today. First chance for Hearts to swing in this
poll from the near side corner. You can see that the right-back Struna
has a will to get forward and join the attack, much like Callum
Paterson. Kevin McHattie, felt the full force of his effort. The corner
from Martin. Not exactly what Sowah was hoping for. Here is Mvoto...
Perhaps fell to the right person if you all are from the Raith Rovers
persuasion. It was a decent ball in. Saw the headlights, when for the
speculative volley. He has just come from Hamilton, former German youth
international. Here comes Bobby Barr. Promising from Raith Rovers
here. Callachan. John Souttar got in the way. Relieved. Certainly got the
home fans believing. That they could possibly cause a shock this
afternoon. Johnsen. Went on a fabulous run last season
under Ray McKinnon, Johnson. 15 begins. They have been poor recent
times, Rovers, still only three points off where they were at this
stage last season. Good second half of the campaign again and they could
well be back in the promotion play-off places.
That must have been in Gary Locke's mind when he took the job. Perry
Kitchen. Wins the free kick. There is not too much in that for
me. Just getting his body in between the ball and Perry Kitchen. John
Beaton giving the free kick. A cold afternoon in eastern five. Fife.
Martin Canning take a good free kick, in towards the sick Chardy
area but it is booted clear. Here is Martin again. You know what he
wanted to do, Liam, saw the headlines speculatively try to put
it into the top corner but got it all wrong. Ten metres over the bar.
It has been a fairly passive start from Hearts, you have to say. Not
the explosive start that Ian Cathro was looking for. For me, Raith
Rovers, it is that transition when you win the ball. They have done it
on a couple of occasions so far in the match. Just missing that bit of
quality in the final area. It will be even more frustrating for Ian
Cathro given that he is missing the lights of Rherras and others at the
Africa Cup of Nations. Rherras did not come on for Morocco against
Tongo -- Togo and Congo. It is a huge miss for Hearts. Martin,
looking to make an impression. Here is Callachan. Bobby Barr rampaging
forward with only one to fit in the middle. That is two or three
locations when Bobby Barr has made runs down the side, he has obvious
place. Clever play putting it out for the throw-in and getting Raith
Rovers up the pitch, however. Sowah loses out. Mark Stewart. This
is Callachan. Benedictins. Former Dundee defender. -- Ryan
Benedictins. -- Kyle Benedictus. John Souttar. Nice flick by Cowie.
Gary Locke and Darren Jackson, Stephen, they will be keen to test
the Hearts defence, three of which are brand-new. Yes, you wonder...
They have not had a lot of time to gel and they have always they worked
on things in training, they have had the few bits of the January break to
meet together. Some of them only signed last week, not a lot of time
to get to know each other. Obviously, Aaron Hughes in there,
they will march of the defence. But to put the players straight into a
back four, that is unusual for me. Struna, Don Cowie. Nowak. The poll
to the Slovenian. Walker, better from Hearts. It goes for the corner
from Iain Davidson. Good play again from Martin, when it comes at the
Jamie Walker, a fantastic ball in, putting it into a dangerous area.
Get his head on to it but could not get enough direction on it. Better
from Hearts. Martin to take. Had a spell at Middlesbrough in England.
For the head of Callachan. Johnston boots it as far away as he could.
Mark Stewart gives chase. Keeping an eye on things is Aaron Hughes. Just
back from a spell in India, Aaron Hughes. He did well to recover that
situation, I thought he should have gone and met the ball before it
landed, but he hesitated but recovered well. Experienced centre
are. Played for the Blasters in India, Aaron Hughes. John Souttar.
McHattie is there. Bobby Barr has already put in a lot
of work. He is OK. Long throw from Struna here. Johnsen. McHattie gets
it clear. Nodded back in again by Souttar. Kevin McHattie seems to
follow Gary Locke Rather, he was with him at command as well. For a
short time. -- he was with him at Kilmarnock as well.
Get it back from Kitchen. Souttar. Cowie. First time from Kitchen for
Struna. Another corner for the visitors. Beginning to now get into
their stride. Exceptional football from Hearts, four or five passes,
coming out to Struna who is rampaging down this right-hand side
at every opportunity. Does well to force the corner. You have to say,
really good tracking back as well from Chris Johnston. Good to see
Chris Johnston back in the team and playing football after that
horrendous injury. The corner comes in, bulleted towards goal! That is
as close as anyone has come. It stays at 0-0. He should have hit the
target. Great delivery, get it on target, anywhere on target and it is
a goal. Just directed pack past the post. But you must get that on
target. I have been really impressed by Martin, he has been involved in
target. I have been really impressed everything good from Hearts so far.
Perry Kitchen yet to score so far this season.
New defence in front of Jack Hamilton, that will take a bit of
getting used to. Several of the defence has left the club. At the
other end of the park, Tony Watt, his loan deal was cut short.
Matthews boogies Cowie of the ball. Mark Stewart.
Promising from a Raith Rovers point of view. The first real ball into
the box. Ball bounces just in front of him. Does well to get anything on
that. Raith Rovers will be happy at 0-0 so far. They have conceded eight
goals in the past three games and lost all of those games. It is
important to gain a foothold in the first 20 minutes, Gary Locke will be
very happy with that. Defeat here to Dunfermline will have stuck in their
minds more than anything. Also lost to Morton. Was there the Bishop for
an advantage to be played there, Steven Thompson? I would have
thought so. Should have let it go. Free kick it is. Mvoto, he was
pushing Johnsen to the ground. He is certainly a big man, Mvoto. Decent
ball in from Davidson, he is angry, he was always going to win the
header, no need to make the contact. Gave away a silly free kick in a
dangerous area. How good is that from Aaron Hughes?
Hearts feel to profit from that. Martin. Cowie. -- Johnsen. There was
nobody. You probably won't Johnsen in the box. Good play from Martin,
picking up good areas for Hearts. Lovely pass to Johnsen at the back
post. The Raith Rovers bench was howling for a free kick.
You have just missed, I think, Aaron Hughes doing the opposite of what he
did a short time ago, tripping over the ball! From his point of view,
that was a good edit! Struna, looking for Martin. Johnston finds
Mark Stewart. He is still only 28, Mark Stewart, seems to have been
around for ages. Broke through at Falkirk under John Hughes, with the
lights of Scott airfield. Cowie made a good run. Herbie Hide, looking for
Walker! Good blog by Matthews. Fantastic blog, what a run that was
from Don Cowie, in behind the back four of Raith Rovers. A lovely
weighted pass. His vision to get the ball into Jimmy Walker. It would
have gone on target had it not been for the quality tackle from
Matthews. The fourth corner for Hearts, swung in. It was begging for
a touch, wasn't it? Very similar to the last corner, Raith Rovers got
tighter to their men but still causing problems. Malaury Martin,
looks like he could potentially be a really good signing for Hearts,
goalball -- going by the opening minutes of this match.
strewn all cleared ball in by Walker. He was in a cul-de-sac.
The way he managed to shape his body was fantastic but the skill that
came before it was even better. A break forward for Raith Rovers. It
is Babar and he has won a free kick. He is using his pace again down the
right-hand side. A nudge from Kitchen putting him down. That is
the thing that hearts need to watch when they are attacking, committing
men forward. Difficult for Jamie Walker to be
able to do Everything with that past. Gary Locke will be
disappointed that when Raith Rovers get to the halfway line and beyond,
they are not using the ball well. And that's the problem. I think Mark
Stewart has a very lonely task. When they do get the ball forward, it is
difficult to break the numbers because they are seven deep.
Saying that, Kevin Cuthbert has not had too much to do yet.
Straight at Cuthbert. Good movement from Martin, drifting wide. He
probably should have done better with his cross for the back post, to
set up Bjorn Johnsen for the header. His movement was quality.
It's just not sticking. That's what I was talking about. When Mark
Stewart does get the ball, he's got to make sure he links in his
midfielders so they can get up the pitch. A decent response from Hearts
today. They had to wait a long time to get back out on the pitch due to
the winter break to adopt we haven't seen them as good at Tynecastle in a
long long time as they were at Aberdeen just before the start of
the year. Already, much change in personnel
since then. That was a really passive, flat performance. They have
dominated this in terms of possession, which we expected. They
need to turn that into opportunity. It's a corner. I don't know if that
was a corner. I think you got it all wrong. I don't know if he got his
angles right. In swinger from the Frenchman.
Stuart was being fouled and that is another, Perry Kitchen. He can have
no complaints. A definite foul. We could have probably seen a yellow
for that. I think he is walking a tightrope. That has been three or
four fouls. They need to be careful. He is asking way too much of Jamie
Walker. A big opportunity, as well, Jamie Walker making a fabulous run.
Don Cowie tries to push it through and gets far too much on the past.
Strewn, 24 caps for Slovenia. Half an hour in, Raith Rovers' game plan
is working so far. They are keeping them at arms length at the moment it
told Mrs Callaghan, Stewart. He holds his head in his hands. Good
play from Callaghan down the right. He can perhaps get on the half
turned. The ball is coming in at pace and just squirms under his
foot. Stevenson fighting for its. Another
free kick. This is the kind of situation that Raith Rovers will
hope to profit from. Yes, the big boys coming up from the back. That
was a very poorly timed challenge from Sowah. An opportunity for Raith
Rovers to put the ball in the box and you can see what a threat
photorealistic top Benedictus coming up as well. -- what a threat
Jean-Yves M'Voto is. I think he got caught. Goalkeeping and really good
handling from him. Brave goalkeeping, it has to be said, from
Jack Hamilton. Clean hands. He took a dull one here, Jack
Hamilton. He's OK, though. Seven clean sheets of this season.
This is his 27th game of the season. Such a historic venue with the
railway just behind where A Raith Rovers legend was recently
telling me he had a bet with all his team-mates he would score before the
3:07pm train to Edinburgh when past the stadium behind us and he says he
won more often than not. We'll have to check that.
Here is Sowah for Hearts. Good scoring. 12 to the break. You hinted
at earlier the fact that Raith Rovers have been getting
particularly atrocious results in quick succession. Gary Locke has got
to be plodding over the fact that Kevin Cuthbert hasn't really had too
much to do. He hasn't really been tested yet apart from that one went
over the posted rock it was all about maintaining Hearts, their game
plan, frustrating them and into large parts that has worked. He has
ammunition on the bench should he wanted. The longer the game goes on
like this, he will be the happier of the two managers.
They have been busy recently, looking after the new stadium. They
have the new manager in place. The main stand has been built behind the
current main stand. Despite its characteristics.
Something the main stand here has plenty of.
Raith had to build the huge stands behind the two goals here, just to
the left, the south end of Stark's Park. They haven't been in the top
flight since 1997. They have had some spells in the third tier of
Scottish football. Your entire senior playing career, Raith Rovers
have been the top-flight. Almost, pretty much. I was here last year in
the freezing cold! But I enjoyed warming up. Martin to Sowah. And
Kitchen. Just about sums it up for the visitors. All the possession, as
we expected... Lots of possession and a neat pass and Grimmy Martin
has been a standout. Strun, the new signing, going forward. I think of
the two managers, Gary Locke will be happier right now.
That was a poor wanted top this might be the opening for Hearts.
There it is. Jamie Walker does it again! And 11th goal of a seriously
profitable season and that will ease some nerves. The frustrating thing
for Gary Locke if it is self-inflicted, a mistake in the
midfield. A fantastic weighted pass through to Jamie Walker for his 11th
goal of the season. Composed but he is one-on-one with the gamekeeper --
goalkeeper. A fantastic finish and by more than Hearts deserve. -- no
more. A cool finish. A nerve settler. Eight minutes to half-time.
A bad time to lose a goal for Raith Rovers. They've done so well up to
now to frustrate Hearts and limit Hearts but to lose a goal just
before half-time is the worst time to lose its.
John Can't control. Is going to get onto it here. When they have gone
behind in games, they've fallen apart. Right now, Gary Locke has
ripped apart plan a and is trying to remember what plan B is because
that's what he's gone to now. For 30 updates, they defended so well and
at the last couple of minutes they've made a couple of mistakes.
The back foot of the Rovers defence and you can see why they've been
poor in the league and they have made self-inflicted mistakes.
Johnsen, too much on him from Martin.
I just wonder what's going through the mind of Jordan Thompson. He gave
the ball away. He's got to forget it, get it out of his mind. You
can't dwell on it. This comes from a tackle from McHattie. Take nothing
away from the finish from Jamie Walker. Bjorn Johnsen giving
Benedictus a headache. Jamie Walker was one of the
mainstays under Gary Locke and walk along with Sam Nicholson, Calum
Pattinson, it all had to breakthrough at a time Hearts were
struggling financially and struggling firm numbers. Sam
Nicholson out injured just now but we've seen so much from all those
three players over the last few years that it has perhaps been the
best thing to happen to Hearts, certainly as far as the team and the
players are concerned because these youth players have come through and
are now big stars at the club but they could be bringing in pretty big
money soon. I think the way the experience of the game at that time
was invaluable. I think Alan Patterson is an international player
now and I can't see it being too long
before others are involved. Plenty of youth on the pitch.
I would been a certain degree of trepidation for Hearts coming into
this game, just because of their poor results recently, but Raith
Rovers have taken some scalps over the last few years in this
competition, Aberdeen and Rangers to name a couple. It is a difficult
venue, a difficult place to come and play. Just looking at the way they
are set up today, it was going to be difficult for Hearts to bring them
down. Now they've got that goal, it really changes the game. At one
point, the way they changed would probably bring on the former player
to get that equalising goal. Callachan is happy with the
challenge. Another example, when they win the
ball back and he's only got Mark Stewart hit. By can't see a pass on
to him. The options are so limited. Raith Rovers could do with putting
another player on the pitch to give them another option, another out
another player on the pitch to give ball. Cowie was onside. Another
fabulous run from Cowie. They have been superb and if he put one foot
in front of the other, it he is... Good play. To look favourite for it
when he ended up on the deck. Away by humans.
Things just opening up a bit now for Hearts. A bit of a swagger. Now that
they have the lead, thanks to that Walker Gold. Here is Johnsen,
Martin. It's Callachan's turn to give it away. Fortunately for Ross
Callachan, Sowah can't find a team-mate. Raith Rovers architects
of their own downfall at the moment. They shouldn't be taking chances in
the midfield area. Hearts have had a good spell. I don't think they
should be shooting from that angle. And interesting signing, Lennard
Sowah, played for the German under 19 team, spells at Portsmouth as a
team player -- teenager player. He was offered a stay at Hamilton but
turned it down. Hearts came in. Straight in at the deep end. The
final minute of the first half to up a first half that Hearts have
bossed! They haven't really been troubled, not really. Hearts in
complete control of the ball. Gary Locke needs to get his players in at
half-time with a scorer of 1-0. If it is to zero, it could be all over.
Perhaps Stewart can do better than B-1-0 down. There will be a minute
of injury time added at the end. They are desperate to do well today.
Stewart is offside. He is obviously offside. Just before
that when he was teeing up his shot, I felt he should have... It wasn't
really on for him to turn his left foot and get a shot on. McHattie has
been starved of service in this first of. Hearts with one foot in
the fifth round, the draw for which is made once two other teams have
finished later on and you can hear that game live on BBC Radio
Scotland. Sometimes these ties can seem to be
a real challenge for top-flight opposition against a side like Raith
Rovers but Hearts have been businesslike and Jamie Walker
slipped it past Kevin Cuthbert, but it was a horrendous error, really,
by Jordan Thompson that allowed Don Cowie to eventually find Walker, who
knocked out in his 11th goal of the season and it has been a good season
for Jamie Walker, who can -- and it continues to be. Hearts heading
through to round five as it stands at half-time at Stark's Park.
They controlled much of that 45 minutes, Hearts, but they will be
more than a bit disappointed, Ian Cathro and Co, that they are not
further ahead. What a great chance that was for Kitchen to score for
the Tynecastle team. Raith Rovers on the back foot for much of the first
half and finding themselves a goal down when Jamie Walker struck but
there was a whole lot about this that was self-inflicted in the way
that Raith Rovers lost the only goal of the game so far. 12 teams so far
down through to the last 16. Hearts are halfway there. We are taking the
Michael with Michael Stewart and Michael Neill alongside be analysing
the first half-year. There has been a lot to like about Hearts but not
enough end product. You can see clearly what Ian Cathro and others
have tried to implement at Hearts on there has been a lot of good elder
play but I think they will be slightly disappointed they've not
had Cuthbert put under a bit more pressure in the Raith goal and they
get the goal. Apart from that, I can't run any shots on goal or any
real pressure. A lot of build-up but they need to get the build-up to the
final third of the quicker. Should we be understanding about Hearts
because obviously in the process of making big changes. I think a lot of
what they have done has been good. They've had controlled the game. I
thought Raith would have made it a cup tie may have made it a cup tie I
haven't done that. The way they've approached the game, they have been
able to start the game without any pressure. They've have a lot of good
possession. As Michael touched on, their chances, other than the goal,
have come from set pieces and they probably need to maybe have a wee
bit more of a cutting edge in the final third of the pitch but they
don't look in any trouble at all defensively. Raith looked like a
side that are struggling in confidence but there have been a
couple of occasions where they've had players who have looked a bit
dubious and they didn't look as if they were going to hurt Hearts. When
they broke, they only broke with one or two players so I think Gary will
be emphasising that at half-time they have to have more of a goal.
This is incisive from Hearts, though way they finished off the goal,
Jamie Walker striking, but it was giftwrapped from a Raith Rovers
point of view. Yes it was. There was a bit of a mistake but Don Cowie
latched onto it straightaway and it was good control from Jamie Walker.
When it comes into Jamie Walker, the reason he's able to slide along
comfortably is that he controls with his outside foot, his left foot, so
he's got good balance. A wonderful weighted pass from Don Cowie that
gives him that opportunity. There will be criticism from Ian Cathro
but his team have not worked Kevin Cuthbert enough in the goal but
there was one of the massive chance in the first 45 minutes for Hearts
to give themselves a bit more confident and so scoreline because
Perry Kitchen has to be scoring this free header. They have threatened
the set pieces. Martin's delivery has been consistently good. Perry
Kitchen gets a free header in the middle of the six yard box and
should be doing better. It is a decent header and it looks as if the
bounce takes it wide. You can't quite tell whether it does take a
funny bounce because from the angle behind the goals, it looks like it
is going to go in the corner of the net but then somehow manages to
bounce past the post. They will be disappointed they didn't manage to
get the goal because at that stage of the game, if they'd managed to
get the goal would have settled them a lot better. Once Hearts have got
that initial goal, it is amazing what difference the goal makes to
the confidence of the team. I didn't hear what you said because of the PA
but I'm sure it was good! Magnificent heart support. I guess
Raith will be a bit disappointed about the numbers that have turned
out at the opposite end. I thought a cup tie, and obviously there is an
element of Derby about it and you would expect bigger home supported
Raith playing into this end, if that end was full, it would give them a
bit more of an incentive but the Hearts fans have turned up the
numbers and I think they will be really pleased with what they've
seen so far. Their team is in control, they are 1-0 up and it is a
case of keeping it up. They have shown signs of class. Yes, he got
caught in possession but he had ability about him. He has attacked,
penetrated and from set plays he has a wonderful delivery. You see this
little ball here and it is Jamie Walker the chance to throw into the
box. For somebody that has been an impressive performer in the first
half, and he's popped up all over the place... He is running behind.
He has stretched the opposition and given Bjorn Johnsen a bit of extra
foil on the attack. He has had a good performance. He has not shied
away from taking responsibility. We've talked about Martin coming in
and Struna. The left-backs may be taking a bit long to settle but I've
been impressed with the four debutants and they have added
something. The right back looks to get forward and has combined well
with Cowie and for them to come in on such a cup tie, a bit of pressure
run, I think they've all done very well. As we've been saying, there
has been a lot to like about the way Hearts have been playing but lack of
end product at times and I guess, in a way, it's been frustrating. That
what is exactly what Hearts need to do more of. When it gets picked up
in a deep area, play the ball forward quickly. At times, they've
not done enough of that. They play the deeper midfield role. Nowak
drops in all Perry Kitchen Robson but they don't penetrate the
opposition quick enough. Jamie Walker does a wonderful bit of work
but there is no one on the end of it. It is good build-up play with
but there is no one on the end of Struna getting down the right. These
are good bits of Blake because they ball ended up getting in behind the
Rovers defence. A great bit of play from Aaron Hughes, wonderful
footwork, and it comes to a free kick in the end but at times when
they've got the deep midfield, I think Hearts need to look to play
the ball in behind and Struna is getting off the wide right area,
Cowie is running behind, Martin has done it, and a contrast that when
you think back to the last game against Aberdeen in the league,
there wasn't any penetration in the wide areas. The debutants have
definitely improved the Hearts team today.
What about Aaron Hughes, what this he contribute? Have you seen his
influence today? Yes, he has dealt with one-on-one confrontations well.
There was a dangerous situation in the first half from a corner when
Raith Rovers broke, he handled it well. He looks very assured that the
back. Hearts have split well from the back. Aaron Hughes is very
certain and safe with his passing. That experience is helping them,
John Souttar looks comfortable as well. There was one point Michael
when you had steam coming out of your ears, what are you getting
worked up about when the ball was played the Perry Kitchen? It is what
I was talking about, Michael has touched on the full-backs getting
out wide. This area here, when Perry Kitchen picks up the ball, he has
got to look forward, playing the ball to the other centre-half is not
good. John Souttar can play the ball the Aaron Hughes very easily, you
must look forward. You are under no pressure, you must look to try and
be a bit more of a risk in the past, otherwise you end up going nowhere
but possession. Hearts have done a lot of good things in the first
half, but look, Jack Hamilton ended up putting the ball forward. There
was no point in that. Jamie Walker's goal separates these two side at the
moment, heart leading 1-0. Here at Kirkcaldy. The second half is coming
up. Coverage continues on BBC radio is all and Sportsound which will
have live coverage of the match between Albion Rovers against Celtic
and that takes place in Airdrie. TV coverage of that and this game
coming up in our highlights programme at 6:15pm tonight on BBC
One Scotland. Sport scene with the usual comprehensive coverage of this
Scottish Cup competition. While we have a few minutes, let us look back
at the key moments of yesterday in the Scottish Cup. Motherwell thought
they were onto a big result here at Ibrox just a bit when they scored in
the 74th minute. That was Louis Mark who scored for them at Ibrox. A
nicely worked goal and finished goal as well. At that stage of the game,
Michael, they thought they would win this. Yes, put them into a great
position. I think it was the 85th minute when Kenny Miller scored the
first goal. Great delivery and great header. Save that I've at that
point. This is poor, they lose the ball and a bad area. And again, 37
years young, I believe, Kenny Miller again shows his class with a
fantastic finish. I think he is looking for a new contract next
season, you can understand why, in prime form, Kenny Miller. Another
example of a player who has looked after himself. Just like Aaron
Hughes, he is exactly the same, the same frame as I remember him as a
kid at Hibernian. He is showing he can still do it at the highest
level. Michael, one of your former teams, Dundee United got an absolute
thumping at Dingwall, 6-2 against Ross County. We can just make it up
through the fog! That was the first goal for Ross County. They have
suffered a few damaging results of late, Dundee United. Yes, after
topping the championship table, it has turned into a sticky patch for
Ray McKinnon's side. I think the Scottish Cup has been disappointing,
they would have wanted to get a run, but getting promotion out of the
Championship will be his priority. They have shown more than enough
about them. Going up to Dingwall is not an easy tie. Ross County I'm not
a bad side but losing 6-2, that will be disappointing. The main priority
for Dundee United is to get out of the championship and they have the
quality to do that. We will see the draw for the last 16 later. St
Mirren are also there. What the result for Jack Ross and his team.
One badly needed. 2-0 at dens Park. I suppose this is the shock of the
round so far. Good finish from John Sutton. He has shown that many
times. This was a great result for them away at Dundee. The Pentagon
and hopefully their league form will pick up on the back of this. That is
something they will be desperate to try and do, what, get some
confidence and momentum built up because the reform has struggled.
Getting a good result away from home at dens Park, they have to take
confidence from that. Momentum and confidence, something that Raith
Rovers could do with, I wonder what Gary Locke has been saying to them
at half-time, they have not been enough of a problem for Hearts and
he, as a player, he was so competitive. Very much so. Whether
he changes it and put on another striker, I don't know. He needed the
wide players to push up further up the pitch. We have not seen much
from them, Struna has been getting forward an awful lot. They cannot
play through Hearts, they have to get the ball foreward, create
excitement and get the crowd going and hopefully force Hearts to
descend. They have not asked enough questions defensively of heart and
to do that they will not have to necessarily go Route one, but
perhaps for four true, get the ball foreward. Hearts wants to build the
game and move forward. It is about getting men further up the path. --
Park. Get the game into the heart of Hearts. Rather than sitting back and
soaking up the pressure. Hearts will be concerned that they have not put
the scheme to bed, despite dominating it. 12 instances towards
the end of that 45 minutes when you thought perhaps a sucker punch was
coming. They had to make a good interception earlier in the game
when they got in behind the left-back, in terms of joy from
crosses. For Raith Rovers, they have looked threatening at set pieces, I
do not think Hearts potentially are the biggest side from set pieces, if
they get more opportunities, that will give them a chance at least,
but to do that they have to force the game in the final third of the
but to do that they have to force pitch. Craig Levein would like to
think his team can get the job done, the director of football sitting
alongside the Hearts owner in the stand. He just wants to remove any
doubts about the outcome here as we look back on the key moment of that
first half. Perry Kitchen with a great chance with a header but it is
Jimmy Walker with the only goal of the game here at Stark's Park in
Kirkcaldy. A gleaming mistake from Jordan Thompson, gave the ball away,
don't Cowie said the ball through and the penetration that Hearts have
not shown too much so far, well, they certainly show that they are,
Jimmy Walker pouncing in 37 minutes to put in front. They will look to
score another couple in the second half just to swat Raith Rovers out
of sight. Gary Locke, for the best part of 15 years was player, coach
and manager at Hearts, he will want to prove a point against his old
side. Here we go for the second half. Liam McLeod and Stephen
Thomson. The last meeting April 20 15th, and
the championship, Hearts won that match. The won all four of those
matches that season as Hearts romped to the title at the first time of
asking. Raith Rovers at hacking the south end of Stark's Park and
Callachan with the first effort of the second half. It is a positive
start from Raith Rovers, getting a shot on goal. Something they
struggled to do in the first half. Callachan getting his angles wrong
and slices it past the post. Raith Rovers have never won the Scottish
Cup, been to the final ones, Boston Falkirk in 1913. Hearts are eight
times Scottish Cup winners, they have been to the final 14 times.
Only Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen have been to the final 14 times.
have been to the final more often than Hearts. -- they lost to Falkirk
in 1913. You would imagine they would want to finish this off as
soon as possible, Hearts. What do you think Gary Locke said to his
players at the break? I think they have to be more positive, yes, it
was about containing and stopping Hearts being creative. They have
done that to a certain extent, Hearts perhaps have overplayed at
times as Michael and Michael Ball said at half-time. I think they will
be looking to make the change pretty soon in this second half. He has
weaponry on his bench, the lights of Skacel. Hearts have the first corner
second half. Under the watchful gaze of Austin MacPhee and Ian Cathro.
And it calms... It is Martin! Kevin Cuthbert save that, I think that is
what Hearts are appealing about. A speculative effort from Martin. I
think the goalkeeper gets a fingertip to that and tipped it over
John Souttar left that for Hamilton who teased Mark Stewart. Eventually
get rid of it. Well played by Perry Kitchen, he was under serious
pressure. This is Nowak. Sowah. Nice touch by Sowah, into the box
egos. -- he goes. Head tennis. Here is Kitchen. Nowak.
Walker, but flicked away by former team-mate McHattie. Kevin McHattie,
I mentioned the city, Nicholson, Paterson and Walker in the first
half, McHattie came through at Hearts at the same time, scored in
his final appearance for Hearts in the League Cup tie against Forfar
Athletic. Struna was looking for Sowah. The
two new boys. Four in the line-up of Hearts this afternoon. Walker.
Mark Stewart, he scored the goal the last time Raith Rovers won a game of
football, very late in the day against Queen of the South. Back in
October. Here is Barr. Johnstone. One of the smaller players on the
pitch but he was able to knock it down looking for Mark Stewart. You
could see there, just with Raith Rovers in the final third, trying to
get through. Good linkup play for the first time in the match, the
ball was up to Stuart. Visit off to Barr. We need to do more of that,
ball was up to Stuart. Visit off to they have to get higher up the
pitch. Ask questions of this Hearts defence. Not something they did in
the first half. Here is Mark Stewart. Johnstone. Barr. Did well
to win that one. Would have been a great opportunity as well. Inside
the box for Jordan Thompson to make amends for his mistake that led to
the heart school. Yes, a good couple of minutes from Raith Rovers. Barr
does well, just does not fall for the Raith Rovers midfielder.
does well, just does not fall for Rover's first corner kick. Only have
to be. Johnstone. Away by Johnsen. Matthews... Plenty up for this.
Should be Hamilton's. And it is. Good spell from Raith Rovers, they
can take heart from that. It is a foul by McHattie on Johnsen. Yes, he
just barges into the back of him. Knows he is not going to win it.
Clumsy foul. Martin. Mark Stewart. Hearts could
get caught short at the back if Raith Rovers make this a quick
break. Pinched off of Chris Johnston by Sowah. McHattie. For Mark
Stewart. We have seen more of him. This is Jordan Thompson. Ross
Callachan is reading in the middle with his team-mate. He has every
right to take on the shot but there's not quite get it right. Good
linkup play from Mark Stewart. Just get underneath that, Callachan
wanted the ball flashed across the six yard box. Made a good one into a
good area. Raith Rovers have been knocked out of the cup by the
eventual winners in each of the last four seasons. It is extraordinary.
It was Hibernian's Kurram last year, that was their first hurdle on the
way to lifting the silverware. Hearts looking to join their great
rivals in the fifth round draw, that is coming up later today. Raith
Rovers are still in this. They have been better in the opening eight
minutes of the second half than they were in the entire first half. Here
is Chris Johnston. He wins another corner. A brilliant opening eight
minutes of the second half Raith Rovers. Just moving up the pitch
that 20, 30 yards, supporting Mark Stewart who has linked up the play
that 20, 30 yards, supporting Mark well. Another corner. You do get the
sense that they must score in this spell. Yes, you do. This is probably
their best opportunity to do just that, from a set play with the
height advantage. In total in the middle amongst others. It will be
Barr's corner. -- Mvoto in the middle. It is flighted into Ward
Mvoto. Came off of Benedictus. It is a decent delivery. You think about
the first half, the ball comes in, Mark Stewart cannot get across his
man to get in the header. Five crosses, what, and the start of the
second half? I can only remember one or two half Cross Keys on the whole
the first half, so a much better start from Raith Rovers. -- have
Cross Keys. Walker. Kitchen. Struna to Martin.
Who was recently in south-east Norway with the Livestrong. Scored
six times for them. A different football calendar, of course, in
Norway. The Raith Rovers bench is seeding, they wanted a free kick for
the challenge on Mark Stuart. It is a free kick but for Hearts. He did
well to get hold of the ball and control it, he was waiting for a
Raith Rovers team-mate to link up to and he had to hold onto the ball for
a few extra seconds. I think it was a foul. Struna, who did get the
foul, he was recently in Greece. But he did not play single minute for
his club side there. The team that is fifth in the Super League
increase. Made the move to Hearts. This is Kevin McHattie. Callachan.
Quick throw from Kevin McHattie, gets the break of the ball. Stewart
Wes Burns at! What a mess by Stewart! -- Stewart Ms Eadie
opportunity! What a mess by him. How does he miss at! Three yards out.
Incredible mess. If Raith Rovers do not somehow claw themselves back
into the sky, Mark Stewart will not sleep tonight. Here is another
opportunity. The handball by Souttar, River Lea says no, Hamilton
makes a save. -- Reverend Whitley says no. -- the referee says no.
Another corner. Decent effort. In comes the corner.
Still alive. Johnstone. Raith Rovers have come here. It is Hamilton
again! Well, the last five or ten minutes for Raith Rovers have been
their best of the match by a distance and this time it is Iain
Davidson who is denied. How many good opportunities while they have
in this match? That is two or three in the last few minutes. Comes in
again, Hearts are on the ropes. That will take the pressure right. They
have to take these opportunities when they come around. Mark Stewart
missed an absolute sitter. Great save from Hamilton. What a
turnaround from Raith Rovers. In the first half they were passive and
watched Hearts keep the ball, almost like spectators, offered nothing
offensively. In the second half, five, six balls into the danger area
and they really should be back in the match, should have equalised.
Here is the opportunity again. You could say it might have taken a
bauble, but I am not going to give him that, just open up your food and
side footed. A horrendous mess from him. Nowak, in the centre of your
picture there. He sighed a two year deal arising from the Polish side.
Ian Cathro. He knows his team has been under the cosh. One minute away
Ian Cathro. He knows his team has from the Power Mac here. -- hour
mark here. Corner to Hearts. They know they
have got away with one, they know they have dodged a couple of
bullets. Certainly have. That was better from them. Struna again, down
the right-hand side like he was doing in the first half. Bombing on.
Guaranteed that Mark Stewart you can see to the right of your picture is
reliving that horrendous miss. It might be' Right now. Martin takes
the corner as he has done so all afternoon. Johnsen wants a penalty,
nothing doing. Another good delivery from Martin. I did think that
Johnsen was pushed to the ground. I think it was Benedictus who was all
over his back. Benedictus, wearing the armband for Raith Rovers this
afternoon, Jimmy Thomson, the regular captain, on the bench this
afternoon. Iain Davidson forcing a save from Jack Hamilton, Mark
Stewart striking the crossbar from a few yards out when it looked harder
to do that! I think it was virtually impossible to do what he did. You
just have to get your body over the ball, on those occasions you have to
just have to get your body over the think how am I not scoring? I do not
think he can quite believe that he missed. The fans were already
think he can quite believe that he getting to celebrate behind the
goal. Hearts have weathered the storm now. You do wonder if Raith
Rovers will get as good an opportunity again. Decent header
from John Beaton! It was all right. opportunity again. Decent header
This is the crime for, known as the Queen of crime. -- cream author.
This Cowie, this would be a kick in the gut for Raith Rovers at Hearts
were to find the second goal. That would take them into the fifth
round. Martin, Johnsen. Good play by Walker again. So dangerous.
He had a loan here in 2012, it has been the making of him when looking
back. John Souttar. Celebrating one year
at Tynecastle, moving from Dundee United last January.
I mentioned Ian Cathro was 11 when Aaron Hughes made his debut. John
Souttar was 14 months old! He was 14 months old when his central
defensive partner made his professional debut for Newcastle
United against Barcelona. Very scary. You start to think like that
and you get older. Here is Don Cowie who has had a good afternoon. Barr.
Well played McHattie, sticking to the task and getting in the tackle.
He is relishing it against his old club, hasn't he? He certainly has.
Just looking at Gary Locke, I would have change earlier, but they have
created so many opportunities with the same system. But I would be
tended to chuck on a striker now that they have had some computers
and go for it. Souttar is there. -- some computers.
Just over 25 minutes left for Raith Rovers to save themselves, save the
Scottish Cup season. This is Callachan, got into a bit of a
problem. They have certainly made more of a cup tie, the first half
was all Hearts, the amount of possession, Raith Rovers never laid
a glove on them. Watch them past the ball around. It has been quite the
reverse in the second half. The problem they have is that they do
not want to get embroiled in a relegation play-off battle. Six
points off of Falkirk in fourth position but only five points of Ayr
United who are nice in the relegation play-off place. They have
some very important games to come in the ensuing weeks, beginning with
the visit of Dumbarton next weekend. They then go to Dundee United,
Morton and heads to come in the following weeks. -- Hibernian to
come. They will take confidence from the opening spell in the second half
having pushed Premiership side Hearts. But they still beat thanks
to that goal from Jimmy Walker in the 37th minute. Nowak. Walker. He
is tormenting Matthews. That has not gone down well, that
decision. Here comes the proof. The referee
got it wrong. I think it comes of Davidson last.
The Raith Rovers bench, the lights of McManus and Barr and Rudi Skacel
all available. Surely Rudi Skacel can't come on and
score a goal that tells Raith Rovers to at least equalise? That would be
quite a story. On the other side of the pitch, it looks as if Ryan
Hardie is getting his kit on. Result of the road for St Mirren,
knocking Dundee out 2-0 yesterday. Agreed. Ross leading them to a
superb victory. Martin in the middle. It was a great. Easily away
by Benedictus. -- it wasn't great. It's the final quarter of this
William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round tie. Hearts beginning to get
their stranglehold back. You can see the backing Hearts got
here this afternoon. A short trip up to five. It is Ryan Hardie. He is
going to replace Chris Johnston. The 19-year-old on loan from Rangers.
Scotland under 19 international striker. A very good spell here last
term. Immediately involved. There is Rudi Skacel, who scored in
2006. He scored twice in the 2012 version. Wouldn't that be a twist of
fate? Wouldn't it? 20 to play. I don't make he was
going to get the ball but obviously a chance from Nowak.
Kevin McHattie stands over the free kick.
A wasted free kick, a really good opportunity to put that in the box.
Here is Martin. He has had a quiet afternoon.
Martin, who was so impressive, has been very quiet.
Struna was part of a historic title victory in his homeland.
John Souter to the aforementioned Slovenian.
All about getting through. Ian Cathro knows his team is within
touching distance of that. Saturday the 27th of May is when the
Scottish Cup final will be played this year. The next round just three
weeks away. He has kept it in, or did he? The
linesman was right with it. He certainly thought he did. I think it
just sneaks behind. Hearts lead the tie but Raith Rovers
should be level at least. Mark Stewart missing a glorious
opportunity. A horrendous miss. The chance was going to folder somebody
in the Raith Rovers team. Callachan's effort saved by Jack
Hamilton. There was another one by the Hearts keeper. You wonder
whether that was the chance, that ten minute spell.
In it comes. That was swept in by Davidson. A good overlap by
Davidson. When it comes in, it is just too close to Hamilton's
Handling. Four or five crosses. A regular in the Scotland squad these
days, he and Calum Paterson. Callachan give the scraps here.
Positive again from Raith Rovers. Matthews was waiting for a cutback.
Caused problems with these. It is Babar and Hughes.
-- Barr and Hughes. I don't think there was a lot in this, to be
honest. The referee has got that one wrong. Albion Rovers take on Celtic
in Airdrie. Three o'clock kick-off. The final fourth-round tie of the
weekend. And BBC Radio Scotland will have full coverage of that across
the frequencies. On medium wave, on digital and on the BBC website. The
fifth round draw will follow the conclusion of that match.
Yesterday's highlights also at that website. Sportscene with highlights
of this and the Celtic Rovers match to come at 5:45pm on BBC Two this
evening. Still business to be completed here,
though. And still 13 minutes for Raith Rovers.
Barr optimistically appealing for a corner. That has been a passive
second-half from Hearts, really. Ian Cathro's rhetoric before the match
was that his team was going to attack and entertain but they have
certainly not attacked in this second half. Declan McManus is a
sword in his boots out as if he is going to come on.
I think I can see Rudy Scatchard getting ready. He's definitely
getting ready. -- Rudi Skacel. Popped through by Martin for
Johnsen. Johnsen's effort blocked by McHattie and it is a corner. A
decent run from Johnsen. Checksum checks again but a good blocking
tackle. A fantastic effort, you have to say.
A really hard skill to take that on the half volley. A double change,
Mark Stewart replaced by Declan McManus. The other change, Jordan
Thompson. Replaced by Rudy Scatchard. -- scar
Goals in two Scottish Cup finals that resulted in Hearts lifting the
silverware. Arrived under George Burley. Initially on loan from
Marseille. Scored in each of his first five games and scored seven
Marseille. Scored in each of his his first eight when Hearts
threatened to perhaps even win the league title that season. They went
on to split Celtic and Rangers. They made just as big an -- he made just
as big an impact in his second spell.
Gary Locke has thrown scar cell and McManus on in the hope he can rescue
race. The clock continues to tick down. Mine to play. Less than that
now. Towards Hardy, who was the other sub. He has done all he can
now. He has, that's the final throw of the dice. Rudi Skacel now 37.
I don't know if that was six of one and half a dozen of the other. In
the end, he just goes into the ground. Backing in on a limb.
Imagine that. When I worked with Pat Bonner, he favours beekeepers. One I
work with Willie, he favours the defenders. Shock! A brilliant touch
by Martin. It was initially superb by Martin. Brilliant skill from him.
The slightest of touches. A big opportunity for Hearts. Martin with
seven minutes left. The second for Hearts finishes it. Callahan flipped
it away. Someone from Fleetwood made a big
impact in a few loan spells there. Onto it. He did have options, too,
but he is a striker. And he saw the gold. Iain Davidson made a fantastic
run and was free on the right hand side of the box. As you said, a
striker is going to get his head down and thinks of only one thing,
getting the shot away. Scored 23 goals in one season a couple of
campaigns ago. Decided to leave Aberdeen.
Hearts are going to make a change in just a moment.
Raith want a free kick but it is going the other way. The natives in
Unison let him know what they think of it. I can't understand how that
free kick has gone the way of a Hearts player. For me it was a clear
foul. It's the final five. The yellow card being produced by
John Beaton. He was doing some paperwork. There is no card.
Once again, Jamie Walker has been the hero for Hearts. He is about to
come off to his usual rapturous reception. Such a big player for
Hearts, he really is. So creative. Goal-scoring... His goal scoring for
Hearts has been pivotal to their success. This is the goal and this
is, at the moment, why Hearts will be in today's fifth round draw.
Finished by Jamie Walker, who is in there somewhere. The young man from
Sighthill in Edinburgh has stepped up to the plate again. The Raith
fans are being further infuriated. I don't think you touch the ball yet,
Rudi Skacel there is hope for Gary Locke that they are running out of
it fast. McHattie gives chase. The forward was blocked there. John
Souter disappeared behind the stands.
Benedictus at the wrong end of the pitch for race.
Cuthbert takes the high road with the wrong ball. Backed up by
Benedictus. They will accept the corner. Raith aren't done yet.
They've caused problems with their set play so far. They certainly have
an advantage with Bobby Barr, who has been good so far in the match.
The bar -- Barr takes Benedictus.
you just know it? Wouldn't you just know it? ! Hearts are appealing but
Raith Rovers have levels. McManus got the final touch from the scar
one in the final minute of the 90! one in the final minute of the 90!
-- from the Rudi Skacel effort. Whether he was in the offside
position or not, we will find out. A really decent hit from Rudi Skacel.
The referee and the linesmen are still contemplating. Declan McManus
is certainly in front of the keeper. He's attempted to flick that an
amber gold stands, and Raith Rovers have surely managed to force a
replay here. A stunning climax in five! It's no more than they
deserve. This second half, they really have been the better side by
a large margin. 56 good efforts and they deserve to come out of this
match with a draw. Declan McManus, as I mentioned, had suggested loan
spell and has made a big impact for Raith Rovers here. I'm not sure if
he is onside when he touches it, Liam. Rudi Skacel's effort... He is
entitled to flick that on. Absolutely. The Hearts players
protested for a good 30 or 40 seconds here and the linesman wasn't
even sure. They've come to the right decision. There have been chances
early in the second half and they have been much, much better in the
second half as we go into the injury time period. A minimum of four
minutes added on. A twist in the tail! We can't lose sight of the
fact that Rudi Skacel hit the ball in the first place.
An offside flag and this is perhaps an opportune moment for you,
Stephen, to get the William Hill Scottish Cup Man of the Match. Based
probably on the first-half performance, I'm going to give it to
Jamie Walker. So often the difference for Hearts. Raith Rovers
Jamie Walker. So often the have been much better in this
second-half. It has been a much improved team performance for Raith
Rovers and I think Jamie Walker has been the outstanding player on the
pitch. This could be a Raith Rovers free kick. Hearts looked as if they
had Raith Rovers in their back pocket at half-time.
A huge moment, potentially, here, and it comes from Barr. Hamilton
says. An incredible end to the Scottish Cup tie and it's not over
yet. Benedictus gets onto it. McManus has won it back for Raith.
There has been a spirit and guile about Raith Rovers in the second
half that hasn't been there for weeks. Rudi Skacel was sliding in
there. Jack Hamilton has just saved Hearts. Absolute panic in the Hearts
defence. I don't think Jack Hamilton knew too much about it. Very lucky
there wasn't a Raith player there to put it away. It's going to be a
replay at Tynecastle this coming Wednesday as it stands. Final minute
of the injury time. Where on earth did this come from. This is John
Souter. Dario Zanatta... A really bad one by
Davidson. The referee consults with an assistant on this nearside. It is
a yellow card. That is the right decision. A really bad challenge
from Davidson. Very light on the young man and rightly a yellow card
shown. Possibly could have been read, you know. Declan McManus with
his fifth goal of the season has forced a replay unless Hearts score
from this free kick. This is surely the last chance of the game.
Martin takes. Barr flicks it away and that's the last action of this
game and Gary Locke, who has been under some real pressure in recent
weeks... Well, that will be lifted ever so slightly. But, for Ian
Cathro, yet more pressure for the young Hearts boss because he has
seen a place in the fifth round snatched away from him temporarily,
potentially, by Declan McManus, who cancelled out Jamie Walker's first
strike. Rudi Skacel last four goal, McManus in an offside position
flicked home for his fifth of the season. Walker earlier the Man of
the Match scoring his 11th of the season. That means they'll have to
do it all over again on the capital on Wednesday evening. It finished
here at Stark's Park in Kirkcaldy one high than one. -- 11.
It eventually turned into the competitive cup tie we thought it
might be pre-match and Raith Rovers earned themselves a replay at
Tynecastle. They still have an won since the end of October but at the
moment they will feel as if they won because they looked to be down and
out but the equaliser followed by a big chance to win this and we'll get
the thoughts of Michael O'Neill and Michael Stewart at this point, as
the thoughts of Michael O'Neill and the Raith Rovers fans outnumbered by
their Hearts opposite number. They are the ones making all the noise at
the moment and they will hope that will kick-start their season at this
point, and could they yet have the final say in the replay or have they
blown their best chance of knocking Hearts out? In any case, it was
quite a second half and I guess, Michael, inevitable that the name of
Rudi Skacel would be written somewhere in that script?
Yes, it was inevitable, he comes onto the park and the Hearts fans
are cheering and shouting his name and all of a sudden, he has a part
to play in the equaliser. It was a wonderful strike from him. You could
clearly see that Declan McManus was in front of Jack Hamilton and it was
just whether he was in an offside position or not I do think once we
show the replay, you can see that the defenders from Hearts were slow
to come out. But McManus was onside, it was a perfectly good goal and to
be honest, the balance of play in the second half, Raith Rovers
deserved it, Hearts were poorer and Raith Rovers were much better in the
second half. I was going to say, did both teams get what they deserve,
Hearts not being so effective in the second half? Yes, Raith Rovers made
it more of a cup tie in the second half. They forced two or the corners
early in the second half. The Mark Stewart Giants was a fantastic
opportunity to level the game. They stayed in the game and forced Hearts
back. Hearts offered very little in the second half. Raith Rovers
deserve another shot. Who is going to be the happiest man in Kirkcaldy,
it must surely be Mark Stewart because of that glaring miss. But
lots of controversy. Hearts were furious about equaliser. Standing
from where we are on the gantry, McManus is in front of Hamilton but
clearly the two players from Hearts coming off the post, I think it is
Martin and Cowie, they are simply too slow coming out. He is well
onside from that angle. The reaction from the Hearts players is so
extreme because he is in front of the goalkeeper. But there's actually
no doubt about it at all. Correct. A nice little deft flick from Declan
McManus. If he was not there, Jack Hamilton would be saving that, so a
deft little touch from McManus to put it into the back of the net. On
the balance of play, Raith Rovers deserve that. Perhaps a lot of the
Hearts fury is about they will feel that they have thrown this match
away. They have, they were in command at half-time. We spoke
away. They have, they were in the first half that they dominated
possession without hurting Rovers a great deal. But once the goal lead
in it looked like they had raised their game a little bit but in the
second half, instead of taking it further, they looked almost like
downbeat. There was a very timid performance in the second half. Guys
like Martin, Walker, Struna, all effective than the first half, they
drifted out of the game in the second half. Fair play to Raith
Rovers, they definitely lifted their game in the second half. No sense,
Michael, of Raith Rovers slapping themselves on the back for getting a
replay because they could of won it in the end when Hamilton saved from
Mvoto. Yes, the momentum was from Raith Rovers at that time. They
struggled a little bit with set pieces throughout the game but you
always felt they could get more out of it and there is no doubt Hearts,
as we see here, it is a header. The goalkeeper has knocked it into an
area, very muddy. He dealt with everything all day but that one, you
cannot harm that down into that area, can you? He took a lot of good
balls under pressure but what he was rattled by the goal, he was the one
that reacted the most towards the river Lea, but his concentration
perhaps had gone, but he got away with that one. You mentioned the
relief of Mark Stewart which I am sure if student at the moment. He
hung his head in the dugout when he was substituted because of this
moment. He reckoned this had cost Raith Rovers the chance. How did he
miss? Ed Balls a little but just in front of him but it is a bad myth.
It is a bit of a busy goalmouth area and there is no doubt he has the
score. But he will be absolutely delighted it has ended up in the
back of the net. This was a beneficent spell from Raith Rovers,
Callachan with that effort. Davidson as well. Both producing saves from
Jack Hamilton and it was the way that you would expect Raith Rovers
to have started again. Exactly correct, the death all of these
chances, you think, just keep on putting the ball into the box. But
men into the box. All the things that they did not do well in the
first half, they did well in the second half and they deserve what
they got out of it. They were never going to play free-flowing football
to get to that end of the pitch but when it got to the final third of
the pitch, they did well and got bodies and men into the box, balls
into the box and they got what they deserved. They had to get more
bodies higher up the park as he spoke about at half-time. Not only
that, they lifted the tempo-mac of the game which made it easier to get
higher up the game. It was night and day. Let us hear from the Hearts
coach, Ian Cathro with Chris. How difficult is that you take? It is
OK. I mean, it is the situation but Mark what is difficult? We just have
to beat them again, don't we? Did you perhaps pay the price for not
putting its debate in the second half? Possibly. Possibly. Perhaps we
could have applied more pressure and created more chances. But we did not
do that and I have been informed that we have to play this game on
Wednesday, so we will have to deal with that. Did you feel when Jamie
Walker Peugeot ahead that you would go on and put the game to bed? I
think we were playing OK at that point in the game, we had good
control and the first half. That might put your head. Throughout the
first half we had the chance to put more pressure on them. But the
second half was different. It brings different challenges. Yes, that has
happened. Did you think the match was won? Not really. It is
impossible to be the case here. You add in the cup tie element and agree
that the football is here, ten minutes can change things and things
can swing, momentum comes and goes and all that sort of stuff. It is
never the case. We never perceived it to be like that. They just
something which I think we were OK in the game, the second half we
could have played better, for sure, we could have perhaps dominated the
play more often, but, yes, there is no major need for overreaction. We
have not got what we wanted so we need to get what we want on
Wednesday night. Finally, a Yukon for you can get the job done at
Tynecastle? Of course, as we all are. They do not have any doubt in
our work, we have to keep working. Thank you, Ian Cathro. Thank you.
our work, we have to keep working. Reading that answer in my head, was
that OK, he said yes. I am not sure that the majority of Hearts
supporters would agree with that, Michael. No, I can understand to an
extent the point that he is trying to put over, but it was not good
over particularly well. A lot of contradictory comments. He did not
come across well in that first answer. It is a disappointing
result, especially in the position Hearts were in. In the first half
they were a lot of good bits but the second half was a very poor
performance. There is a lot that must be taken out of the game and
rectified for the game on Wednesday night because as the game has gone
and not getting victories and other games, the pressure builds. Let us
get downstairs to the man whose goal has taken us to a replay on
Wednesday night, Declan McManus. Talk me through the motions at the
moment. Absolutely delighted for myself but especially the boys. They
did really well at the start and worked hard for every chance the
errant, every tackle the put in. I am delighted for the team. We
deserved it. How much did you know about that shot, you did very well
to get your head onto it, did you know much about it when it came in?
Not really, it came over my head and I turned around and I saw my
colleagues smashing it, it was a great strike and big Jack was behind
me ready to catch it so luckily I managed to get a little flip onto
it. Declan, well done. Thank you. Lots of controversy and contingent
about it at the time but I think our pictures show clearly that that goal
should have stood and it takes this match to a replay. The scorer of the
first goal, Jamie Walker. Jamie, we will come to Google and performance
any second but that must be difficult to take, you must have
thought that match was won? Yes, I think so, in the first half we were
the better team and I got the goal. But fair play to Rovers, they came
back in the second half and drew the match. We were not good enough in
the second half and did not deserve to go through. Did you feel after
you scored you would build upon that? I think we had to move the
you scored you would build upon ball worker and push on and create
more chances but we did not do that and Rovers came back into the game
and we have another match on Wednesday. It is a replay, but you
are the Man of the Match, Jamie Walker, well done. Thank you. An
honest assessment from Jamie Walker of the match, they did not do
enough. He has been very honest in of the match, they did not do
his assessment. He is correct, it would be hard to argue against that,
they will have to play better certainly for longer in the game on
the night go through and it is going to be an interesting replay now
because Raith looked short on confidence in the first half. They
would have got more confidence from the second half performance and
obviously the fact that it feels like a victory for Raith Rovers.
They were going out of the cup but they have another chance on
Wednesday night. The Hearts fans must wonder about the attitude of
their team, so much in control in the first half, any sense they ruled
out the welcome Matt. Plaudits to Raith Rovers because of what they
did but Hearts are them to do that. It was a poor performance from Raith
Rovers in the first half, they were a little bit lacklustre in that
first half. They came out more energetic in the second half, Hearts
had to counter that Andy Gestede not. Hearts adds to continue to do
what they were doing but at the great temple and instead of taking
the name forward as I was expecting them to have done in the second
half, they just seem to capitulate almost and they did not really offer
a great deal. So there are a lot of positives to be taken from the first
half of they still have to penetrate the opposition better. The second
half will raise a few concerns and you have Jamie Walker telling you
that it was not good enough. The other Scottish Cup tie today is in
Airdrie between Albion Rovers and Celtic. Let us find out how that
startled from Richard Wilson. Celtic, as you would imagine, have
had the majority of possession, moving the ball around. One shot so
far on goal and it went over the bar. Albion Rovers are sitting deep,
it will be hard for Celtic but they have all of the ball, currently
goalless. Cover is continuing of the Albion Rovers and Celtic match --
coverage is continuing of the Albion Rovers and Celtic match on BBC Radio
Scotland. You can see the highlights of not just that game but this one
as well tonight at 6:15pm on BBC One Scotland. Eyelids from here at
Kirkcaldy and from Airdrie. Final thoughts. One school of thought says
best chance gone for the home team but Hearts look fragile. Yes, I
think that they are, no doubt about it. Much has been made of only one
victory in six games. All of these things do not make it any easier for
Ian Cathro in the current situation. I think Rovers will learn from the
first half, they were too timid and came out with the approach that they
brought to the second half of the game and I think they have to bring
that for 90 minutes at Tynecastle and we will get a great cup tie.
Michael and Michael, thank you very much. Late drama here at Stark's
Park in Kirkcaldy, that led Declan McManus ball takes us to give replay
on Wednesday night. The final score 1-1. I hope you have enjoyed it.
Raith Rovers v Heart of Midlothian.
Live from Starks Park.
Introduced by Rob Maclean.
Raith Rovers host Hearts in the fourth round of this season's Scottish Cup. Hearts, the eight-times winners, will be looking to make it to the fifth round for just the second time since lifting the trophy in 2012. Raith, who have never tasted Cup success, will be looking to pull off an early-round upset.