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To lose to your closest rivals is bad enough but when those very rivals play in a division lower it is even worse. That is exactly what happened in the Scottish Cup fifth-round replay with Hearts heading to Easter Road on the back of a 0-0 draw in the original tie at Tynecastle. Jason Cummings opened the scoring for the Hibees in the 21st minute with Grant Holt adding a second before the break. Andrew Shinnie put the game out of reach for the Jambos and whilst the visitors managed a consolation goal, it was little comfort to the travelling fans as they left Leith somewhat dejected.
Could Hearts bounce back from that disappointment? The answer was an emphatic ‘no’ as Ian Cathro’s men went down 2-0 at Partick Thistle although whilst the Jambos are never in reality going to catch Aberdeen in second place, they can conceivably close the gap on third-placed Rangers should they secure the three points this week, given that the Glasgow side have been slipping up of late.
Clearly they need to start winning games and this fundamental requirement has been eluding them in recent outings. Cathro’s side are winless in their last four outings across all competitions and they desperately need to kick-start their season back into life. They are certainly capable of better things given that they thumped Rangers 4-1 earlier this month and followed this with a 3-0 thrashing of Motherwell at Fir Park. We’re of the opinion that they can do it again on Wednesday evening against a Ross County side which have also been something of a mixed bag of late. The Dingwall side are winless in six outings and with them sitting just three points above rock-bottom side Hamilton Athletic heading into this match, they could conceivably find themselves deep in the mire should they lose at Tynecastle on Wednesday evening. Which they will.