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Aberdeen 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

Aberdeen and Hearts failed to score a single goal between them despite a lively 90 minutes.

Niall McGinn twice had efforts blocked in the first half, and Shay Logan, Mark Reynolds and Peter Pawlett all went close in the second half.

However Hearts has chances of their own, with Tony Watt spurning a late chance when he put the ball over the bar from 12 yards.

For Robbie Neilson's men it ends a run of three straight defeats.

These are always hard fought fixtures between the sides who finished second and third last season, and the physical strength Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has added to his squad meant they weren't going to be pushed around this time

The Jambos picked up their first point after a tough week when they lost at home to Celtic and St Johnstone, following on from the Europa League exit to Birkirkara.

Hearts striker Tony Watt squandered a couple of chances to win it for them in the second half while Peter Pawlett nodded wide to blow the Dons best opportunity to take full points they might have shaded.

The Dons matched up in another bruising battle between the teams while showing more pace and imagination going forward for long spells.

Graeme Shinnie (right) and Tony Watt
Graeme Shinnie (right) and Hearts' striker Tony Watt

Hearts did come into the game more as an attacking force as the match progressed and John Souttar actually missed the clearest opportunity created in the first 45 minutes when heading Sam Nicholson's free-kick wide.

It was a much more even at the start of second half. Watt twice threatened with powerful surges forward but on both occasions the impressive Anthony O'Connor got back to the former Celtic striker in time to make vital blocks to cancel out the danger.

At the other end McGinn continued to be a menace down the flanks, but all too often his final delivery lacked the quality needed to make the most of the build-up play on an afternoon where both sides worked hard to cancel each other out.

It's an indication of how fiercely they competed that Hearts had five players booked while two Dons players were yellow carded as overall the sides found it tough to create any clear goal scoring chances.

There was certainly no doubting the commitment of the players but there was a lack of composure where it really mattered in front of goal as Pawlett showed when heading Shay Logan's cross wide from six yards.

Then at the other end Watt cleverly made space for a shot in the Dons penalty area only to make a real hash of the chance by thumping his shot well wide of the target.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "We started brightly, asked questions of Hearts and had a lot of pressure while winning a lot of battles and keeping them at arms length.

"But Hearts deserve credit as they defended well in the first half and created one or two good chances of their own in the second half so they deserved a draw in the end.

"We have now played four games in the space of nine days which has been a huge ask for my players, and the consequences were shown in the last half hour as even players like Ryan Jack and Graeme Shinnie were running on empty.

"Fatigue set in and now we can look forward to giving the players a few days off to rest up a bit before we start working towards the visit of Partick Thistle."

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson: "It was a tough game and I thought that Aberdeen had the better of the first half while we had the better of the second half.

"Tony Watt had a chance to win it for us but I think fatigue played a part in him missing it as it was his first full 90 minutes in a long time, but he showed what he will bring to this team.

"We have had a tough start to the season playing the champions at Tynecastle then going to Perth and Aberdeen in the first week.

"Those are the teams that finished first, second and fourth in the league last season so they are some of the toughest games we could have got.

"We could have done better in these matches but we have got a point at a difficult venue and now we look to build on that against Caley Thistle next weekend now."

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 15O'Connor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 8BurnsSubstituted forMcLeanat 57'minutes
  • 22Jack
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 44mins
  • 16PawlettBooked at 50minsSubstituted forStoreyat 72'minutes
  • 10McGinn
  • 17StockleySubstituted forRooneyat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Considine
  • 7McLean
  • 9Rooney
  • 19Storie
  • 25Alexander
  • 26Wright
  • 39Storey

Hearts

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2Paterson
  • 4RossiBooked at 78mins
  • 14Souttar
  • 3RherrasBooked at 37minsSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 10Sutchuin-DjoumBooked at 53mins
  • 8BuabenBooked at 43minsSubstituted forKitchenat 45'minutes
  • 15Cowie
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forMuirheadat 72'minutes
  • 32WattBooked at 31mins
  • 18Sammon

Substitutes

  • 5Ozturk
  • 6Kitchen
  • 13Noring
  • 19Nowak
  • 23Muirhead
  • 24Smith
  • 26Zanatta
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
13,559

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Conor Sammon (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Tony Watt (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by John Souttar.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Muirhead (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen).

Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Miles Storey (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Miles Storey (Aberdeen).

Liam Smith (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Ryan Jack.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Muirhead (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Miles Storey replaces Peter Pawlett.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Robbie Muirhead replaces Sam Nicholson.

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Conor Sammon (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Tony Watt (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Adam Rooney replaces Jayden Stockley.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Kenny McLean replaces Wes Burns.

Attempt missed. Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers21103214
2St Johnstone21102114
3Partick Thistle11002023
4Dundee21014313
5Celtic11002113
6Kilmarnock21013303
7Motherwell21013303
8Ross County210145-13
9Aberdeen20200002
10Hamilton201123-11
11Hearts201112-11
12Inverness CT200225-30
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