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Hearts moved five points clear in third place in the Scottish Premiership as they piled the misery on Livingston, who have now lost 11 of their last 13 games.

Lawrence Shankland scored for a sixth consecutive game to secure the win, but only after missing a second-half penalty chance to break the deadlock.

Kenneth Vargas had given Hearts the lead two minutes after Shankland's miss and, while Andrew Shinnie's penalty did give Livingston hope, they were unable to find a leveller.

It was a tough day for David Martindale's side, who had Kurtis Guthrie's early header disallowed for offside, and they remain six points adrift at the bottom.

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Line-ups

Livingston

Formation 3-4-2-1

32Hamilton5DevlinSubstituted forNottinghamat 68'minutes6Obileye4ParkesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMontañoat 45'minutes12Brandon22Shinnie18Holt29PenriceSubstituted forNoubleat 68'minutes16BradleySubstituted forYengiat 62'minutes8PittmanSubstituted forAndersonat 84'minutes28Guthrie

Substitutes

1George3Montaño9Anderson11Mackay19Nouble20Sangare21Nottingham23de Lucas33Yengi

Hearts

Formation 3-5-2

28Clark2KentBooked at 60mins4Halkett3Kingsley21Sibbick5Haring77VargasSubstituted forOdaat 90+2'minutes8NieuwenhofBooked at 42minsSubstituted forDenholmat 89'minutes19Cochrane9ShanklandBooked at 45mins17Forrest

Substitutes

1Gordon11Oda16Halliday22Denholm24Pollock25Tait30Tagawa51Lowry54Wilson

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Second Half ends, Livingston 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Andrew Shinnie.

Michael Nottingham (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aidan Denholm (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Livingston).

Yutaro Oda (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Livingston).

Lawrence Shankland (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jason Holt (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aidan Denholm (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Jack Hamilton.

Attempt saved. Alan Forrest (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lawrence Shankland.

Jason Holt (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Cochrane (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Yutaro Oda replaces Kenneth Vargas.

Attempt missed. Kurtis Guthrie (Livingston) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joel Nouble with a cross.

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Aidan Denholm replaces Calem Nieuwenhof.

Foul by Tete Yengi (Livingston).

Peter Haring (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Livingston

Squad number32Player nameHamilton

Squad number5Player nameDevlin

Squad number6Player nameObileye

Squad number4Player nameParkes

Squad number12Player nameBrandon

Squad number22Player nameShinnie

Squad number18Player nameHolt

Squad number29Player namePenrice

Squad number16Player nameBradley

Squad number8Player namePittman

Squad number28Player nameGuthrie

Squad number3Player nameCristian Montaño

Squad number9Player nameAnderson

Squad number19Player nameNouble

Squad number21Player nameNottingham

Squad number33Player nameYengi

Heart of Midlothian

Squad number28Player nameClark

Squad number2Player nameKent

Squad number4Player nameHalkett

Squad number3Player nameKingsley

Squad number21Player nameSibbick

Squad number5Player nameHaring

Squad number77Player nameVargas

Squad number8Player nameNieuwenhof

Squad number19Player nameCochrane

Squad number9Player nameShankland

Squad number17Player nameForrest

Squad number11Player nameOda

Squad number22Player nameDenholm

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