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Monday 03 Feb 2020
BATW| Forward Liam Boyce extends his tally for the season

Striker Liam Boyce continued his spectacular start to his Hearts career after finding the net for the second game in a row in his side’s entertaining 3-3 draw at St Johnstone at the weekend. 

Boyce, who scored the winner on his debut against Rangers last week, took his tally of goals for the season to 16, which includes 14 for Burton Albion, when he equalised for the visitors on 26 minutes. 

Meanwhile, another Northern Ireland player on target in the game at McDiarmid Park was under-21 midfielder Ali McCann whose third goal of the season ultimately secured a precious point for Tommy Wright’s side. 

In the Premiership in England, defender Craig Cathcart was disappointed that relegation-threatened Watford threw away a two-goal lead on Saturday to lose 3-2 to ten-man Everton at Vicarage Road.

The former Manchester United player freely admitted it was his errors that allowed Everton’s Yerry Mina to score two goals from corners in first-half injury time.

“It was just a mad four minutes,” said the 30-year-old. “It was my man from the corner, he scored two goals, so I take responsibility for that.

“We should’ve been 2-0 up, going into the second-half in a much better position, so it's really disappointing.

“I think we played quite well in the second-half,” added Cathcart. “I thought we were the better team. It’s a bit of a killer the way the game finished, but we have to take it on the chin and move on.”

Back on the goalscoring front, Caolan Lavery found the net for the 10th time this season as Walsall slipped to a 2-1 home defeat to Crewe Alexandra in League Two while Dion Charles struck his ninth of the campaign as Accrington Stanley claimed all three points following a 2-1 home success over AFC Wimbledon.

Defender Ryan McLaughlin, who has missed most of the campaign with injury, made only his fifth appearance for League One Rochdale on Saturday when he came off the bench to play the final 14 minutes of his side’s 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town.

On-loan striker David Parkhouse, who signed a new two-year deal with Premiership outfit Sheffield United last week, made his first start for League Two Stevenage who remain bottom of the table after going down 3-0 at home to Leyton Orient.

Full-back Lee Hodson made his debut as a substitute for St Mirren after joining them on-loan until the end of the season from Gillingham while goalkeeper Conor Hazard also played his first game for Dundee in the Championship after returning to Dens Park for another loan spell from Celtic.

Finally, another loanee, Ciaran Brown, registered his first assist since signing for Livingston when his long throw set up the only goal of the game for Aaron Taylor-Sinclair in the victory over Stephen Robinson’s Motherwell.