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Nov 9, 2019 at 3pm UK at Tynecastle Park (Edinburgh)
Attendance: 16,165
St Mirren
Naismith (6'), McLoughlin (30' og.), Bozanic (42'), Walker (46'), Mulraney (77')
FT(HT: 3-2)
Obika (21'), Mullen (33')

Result: Hearts put five past St Mirren in MacPhee's first game in caretaker charge

A Sean McLoughlin own goal and Ollie Bozanic also boosted the Jambos to victory.

Returning trio Steven Naismith, Jamie Walker and Jake Mulraney all scored as Hearts delivered a 5-2 victory against St Mirren to hand Austin MacPhee his first win as interim head coach.

Naismith and Walker had been absent from the Jambos starting line-up since August due to injury issues, while Mulraney missed around two weeks with an ankle knock.

Yet they showed no ill-effects as Hearts claimed a thrilling triumph over the Buddies at Tynecastle – their maiden league win at home this term and the first time they have hit five goals in a top-flight fixture since battering Inverness 5-1 in August 2016.

Naismith bagged the opener before Walker and substitute Mulraney made the game safe in the second half. Hearts also got on the score sheet through a Sean McLoughlin own goal and Ollie Bozanic.

Jon Obika and Danny Mullen struck for the Buddies in their most potent attacking showing on their league travels this term but their defensive deficiencies were glaring as they slipped two points adrift at the foot of the table.

It took just five minutes for Hearts to notch the first goal of MacPhee's tenure as temporary boss, with Naismith darting to the near post and instinctively prodding home a fine Andy Irving corner.

The Buddies, who had only found the net twice on on the road in the Ladbrokes Premiership this term prior to arriving in Gorgie, levelled when Obika slammed beyond Joel Pereira following a knock-down by Tony Andreu.

The Jambos restored their lead in fortuitous fashion on the half-hour mark. Uche Ikpeazu latched onto a Naismith flick and prodded the ball beyond the on-rushing Vaclav Hladky, however the effort was not goal-bound until the ball struck McLoughlin and found the net.

A breathless battle took another twist when St Mirren restored parity three minutes later. Christophe Berra inexplicably ducked under a long punt by Hladky, allowing Mullen to scamper clean through and calmly beat Pereira.

However, it was third time lucky as Hearts sought to hold onto a lead. A superb Michael Smith delivery found Bozanic in the box and the Australian playmaker nodded home his first goal of the season.

The capital club extended that advantage just 40 seconds after the break. Again, Smith was the architect as another magnificent delivery found Walker, whose clinical glancing header beat Hladky.

Gloss was applied to the scoreline in sensational style when Mulraney, back in action a month ahead of schedule, climbed off the bench to curl a sumptuous effort into the top corner from 25 yards out.

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· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
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· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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