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Avoiding drop is now Hearts' aim, admits Stendel

 

By Paul Burrows

Hearts replaced Hamilton Academical at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership table after a 2-1 defeat at New Douglas Park.

Mikel Miller put Hamilton ahead in the 64th minute before setting up Will Collar for the second eight minutes later.

Oliver Bozanic reduced the arrears in the 82nd minute but Hearts are now winless in seven while the Accies posted a first victory in 12.

"Today was a very bad day for me, for the club and for the supporters," said new Jambos boss Daniel Stendel.

"We played last week against St Johnstone and today against Hamilton. Both were the worst teams in the league at that time and we lost them both.

"I think the biggest thing for us now is just to avoid relegation. We have to be realistic. Maybe some players will surprise me in the future or we have to change things.

"I take responsibility for the last two weeks and the last three results. But it's difficult to accept some performances. I think the problem is not just from the last two weeks but from a long time before. "

Livingston scored at least three for the third successive game as they put Ross County to the sword, Lyndon Dykes helping himself to a hat-trick in a 4-0 triumph at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Ricki Lamie put Livi in front after 31 minutes with a close-range strike ahead of Dykes claiming the matchball.

Motherwell moved above Aberdeen into third place as they won 1-0 at Kilmarnock, Jake Carroll netting the winner in the 67th minute.

In the other game, St Johnstone and St Mirren shared a goalless draw.

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