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Hearts put three past Motherwell

Press AssociationPress Association 30/09/2016 Gavin McCafferty

Robbie Neilson felt a piece of luck opened the floodgates for his Hearts team as they moved second in the Scottish Premiership with a 3-1 victory over Motherwell.

With seconds remaining in a tight first half, Sam Nicholson intercepted a Keith Lasley pass just outside the Motherwell box and fired a shot which bounced in off the shin of Stephen McManus.

There was nothing fortunate about the second-half goals, though, as the game opened up.

Callum Paterson fired a wonderful left-footed shot into the top corner from 25 yards midway through the half before Arnaud Djoum curled into the same part of the net from 20 yards late on.

Even Motherwell's consolation was spectacular as James McFadden curled a free-kick home in stoppage-time.

Neilson, whose side had failed to score in two previous matches, said: "We needed that wee bit of luck and got that bit of luck and it kind of opened the floodgates. We scored two goals after that which were fantastic."

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