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Bozanic opens account for Scottish leaders Hearts

Australian midfielder Oliver Bozanic scored his first goal for Hearts as the Scottish Premiership leaders beat Dundee 3-0 to mar manager Jim McIntyre's first home match in charge.

The visitors, who now have a six point lead over Celtic and Kilmarnock, had the game sewn up inside 14 minutes thanks to goals from Bozanic and Scottish striker Steven Naismith before Steven MacLean added a third, 20 seconds into the second half on Wednesday [AEDT].

Oliver Bozanic used to ply his trade with Melbourne City in the A-League.

Oliver Bozanic used to ply his trade with Melbourne City in the A-League.Credit:AAP

Calvin Miller's penalty miss summed up Dundee's night – the on-loan Celtic left-back drove his effort several yards wide with the goalkeeper diving the wrong way.

McIntyre had seen his side concede four goals from set pieces in his first match and another was to follow inside two minutes when Lewis Spence fouled Harry Cochrane 25 yards out.

Bozanic was a picture of concentration as he lined up his shot and the former A-League player duly curled the ball over the wall and into the bottom corner past former Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.

"Oli Bozanic scores his first goal for the club and we had Harry Cochrane back from injury. It's been a good night for us," said Hearts manager Craig Levein.

"It was also good that Steven MacLean got a goal. He's missed a few chances recently and it was great for him to get on the scoresheet."

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