Hearts thrash Cowdenbeath 10-0 to extend lead at the top of Scottish Championship

Hearts of Midlothian now 20 points clear with goal difference of +57

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Hearts of Midlothian recorded a whopping 10-0 victory at home to Scottish Championship strugglers Cowdenbeath to extend their lead at the top of the table to 20 points.

Robbie Neilson's team have lost just one league game in 26 this season and have now scored 74 goals, conceding just 17, for a goal difference of +57.

Bitter Edinburgh rivals Hibernian are 20 points off the pace with 51 goals from their 26 matches this season.

Billy King crashed a shot against the crossbar early on before three quickfire strikes saw Hearts take control, with Genero Zeefuik opening the scoring in the 26th minute from the penalty spot after Nathaniel Wedderburn was penalised for handball.

He then added a second with a low shot past Blue Brazil goalkeeper Robbie Thomson before claiming the match ball two minutes later with another penalty after Lewis Toshney was sent off for a poor foul on Sam Nicholson.

Zeefuik's treble came in the space of three minutes and 36 seconds and took his tally to eight goals in seven games since signing on loan from FC Groningen.

It was 4-0 in the 33rd minute after Nicholson fired into the roof of the net from 20 yards and then he teed up Jamie Walker for another six minutes before the break.

Hearts added a sixth in the 57th minute with their third penalty of the game after Thomas O'Brien upended Morgaro Gomis, who chipped the spot-kick down the middle.

A stunning strike from Alim Ozturk four minutes later made it seven, drilling a shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards, and Danny Wilson tucked home in off the post in the 68th minute.

Substitute Osman Sow slammed in a ninth with 20 minutes left and four minutes later ensured double figures with another effort into the bottom corner.

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