Hearts stay in negative after Hibernian defeat


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Liam Craig’s penalty gave Hibernian their first league win over Hearts in eight games, the 2-1 victory ensuring their Edinburgh rivals remain on minus-two points.

In an enthralling Scottish Premiership encounter, Hibs striker James Collins put the home side ahead in the 59th minute when he lashed the ball high into the net from four yards after the Tynecastle men failed to deal with a Craig corner.

Jambos substitute David Smith, on for Callum Tapping after the break, drew the visitors level in the 70th minute but with nine minutes remaining Hearts defender Jordan McGhee was adjudged by referee Bobby Madden to have fouled Lewis Stevenson in the box.

Craig stepped up to score from the spot and give Butcher his first Edinburgh derby win since taking over as boss at the end of last year and with that, the former Motherwell manager pointed to Hibs fan Murray's exploits when he won the men's singles title for the first time.

"It feels terrific," said the Englishman. "It is a lovely feeling because the club, the players and fans have suffered a lot this season from Hearts.