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Summary

  1. Rossi sent-off for two-footed tackle
  2. Garcia-Tena red carded for Accies
  3. Hearts third in Premiership
  4. Accies winless in league since November

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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That's all from me folks. Many thanks for joining us for today's action. It wasn't a classic, although there were moments of high drama.

It's Morton v Rangers in the Championship tomorrow and there will be Scottish Cup action on Tuesday, so we'll have that covered.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend.

'No problem with red card'

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson on BBC Radio Scotland

"I thought we kept our shape well when we went down to 10 men. I've got no qualms about the red card. We created some good chances and could have won the game. Hamilton at home is a really difficult place to come, with the wind and the (artificial) pitch that they train on every day. The players gave us everything and that's all you can ask."

You can see highlights of today's game and all of the other Premiership action from the weekend on Sportscene tonight. That's on BBC One Scotland at 22:30 GMT.

Saturday's highlights will be online from 18:00, while it will be midnight before you can see today's 0-0. That watershed is perhaps apt, given the violent nature of both red card challenges.

'A point gained' for Accies

Hamilton boss Martin Canning on BBC Radio Scotland

"Overall, it's a point gained. I'll never question the boys' attitude and work-rate. We controlled large parts of the second half without quite doing enough to win the game. Michael McGovern has been excellent for us all season and his save at the end has got us the point."

Hearts are now eight points behind Aberdeen in the race for second place, although I'm sure Dons fans will still harbour hopes of going one better and catching Celtic.

The BBC Radio Scotland team reckon Martin Canning will be the happier manager, having watched his side keep a clean sheet after that eight-goal drubbing at Celtic.

It nudges Accies away from Kilmarnock in 11th place and draws them level on points with neighbours Motherwell in ninth.

Another early bath

Here's the moment Jesus Garcia Tena was sent packing by referee Bobby Madden. The Hamilton defender let his side down with a stupid tackle, just as Igor Rossi did in the first half.

Jesus Garcia Tena is sent off
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One red card each and one point each is probably fair. Hearts created the best chances even though they were down to 10 men for much longer, hitting the crossbar twice in the second half and drawing a couple of good saves from Michael McGovern. Accies had a lot of the ball immediately after the break but did not manage to do much with it.

FULL-TIME

Hamilton 0-0 Hearts

Is that the last chance? The ball breaks for Juanma on the edge of the six-yard box but out flies Michael McGovern to make a brave save. Top goalkeeping.

An extra two minutes are added. Will we get a dramatic winner?

Hamilton are hanging on now as Hearts pile on the pressure.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Hearts hit the crossbar with a header for the second time in this second half and this time Dario Zanatta really should score. He was right in front of goal and didn't even have to jump. Bad, bad miss.

RED CARD

It's 10 v 10 as Jesus Garcia Tena thunders through the back of Arnaud Djoum. Ridiculous challenge. Simply ridiculous.

Prince Buaben has a nibble at the ankle of Dougie Imrie on the edge of the penalty box and the Hamilton man has a wee think about it before going down in a heap after stepping inside the box. Never a pen...

Jesus Garcia Tena and Juanma exchange a few pleasantries, in Spanish presumably, as they clash and the Hearts sub has a naughty wee stamp on the leg of his compatriot.

Hearts are looking stronger now, having absorbed some hefty pressure from the hosts. This one is on a knife edge as we enter the final 10 minutes.

Eamonn Brophy, who scored Hamilton's solitary goal in their 8-1 thumping at Celtic, is on for Darren Lyon. If he repeats the trick today, it could well be more significant...

The rebound from Augustyn's header fell to Callum Paterson but the Hearts full-back couldn't get the ball under control and was crowded out by a frenzied pack of Hamilton players.

HITS THE WOODWORK

So close for Hearts! Alim Ozturk turns winger with a lovely turn and cross and his central defensive partner Blazej Augustyn thumps a header against the crossbar, with Michael McGovern well beaten.

Hearts make their final change as Juanma replaces Osman Sow. Bit of a strange one since the departing striker is much the quicker of the two and maybe better suited to the counter-attack.

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland at New Douglas Park

"Hamilton keep probing for openings - with Ali Crawford's range of passing proving key - but Hearts are strong and confident defending their lines. The game ha lost its tousy edge, but quality has not stepped into the breach. It remains generally scrappy and hard-fought."

Another Hamilton corner. Correct this time. More frantic Hearts defending. Osman Sow then sprints the length of the pitch but none of his team-mates can keep up with the striker.

When I say controversial, I mean plain wrong. Not even close.

Neil Alexander does brilliantly to claw away a header from Michael Devlin as Hearts hang on by their fingernails from a corner. However, the keeper is harshly denied a "great save" graphic since there were a couple of Accies players in offside positions. 

The award of the corner was controversial since Alexander had clearly kept a defensive header in play.

Now Hearts break and Osman Sow goes to ground under a sliding challenge from Michael Devlin. Bobby Madden infuriates the away fans further by suggesting the big striker was up to a spot of simulation and it looks like the referee has got that spot on.

Hamilton are building up a head of steam here as Darren Lyon drives a dangerous ball across the face of goal and Callum Paterson does well to steer it out for a corner.

Dougie Imrie scampers after a long ball over the top from Ali Crawford but he's flagged offside as he reaches the edge of the penalty box.

Hamilton's Dougie Imrie has a pop at goal from the right corner of the penalty area but his shot slides wide of the near post.

Hearts are dropping deep, making it hard for Accies to find any room to create a path forward but it means home playmaker Ali Crawford is getting more time on the ball to come up with something crafty.

49. Bobby Madden awards Hearts a free kick and receives a standing ovation from the travelling support #HMFCLive

BBC Radio Scotland's trackside man Charlie Mann says senior members of Hearts' coaching set-up have studied the ordering off on their laptops and they are satisfied that the red card was correct.

The ball breaks to Ali Crawfrord on the edge of the Hearts penalty box but his shot is wild, flying high and wide.

KICK-OFF

We're up and running again. Can Hamilton make their extra man count?

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Both teams are busy with substitutions, with Hearts bringing on Dario Zanatta for Billy King.

Darian Mackinnon and Lucas Tagliapietra are off for Hamilton with Greg Docherty and Jesus Garcia-Tena coming on.

Brouhaha or a fracas?

Hamilton v Hearts
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Igor Rossi's red card challenge sparked a heated scuffle, with referee Bobby Madden right in amongst it

Hearts had Callum Paterson sent off when they lost 3-2 here in August. That dismissal was rescinded following an appeal against the decision. I don't think there's any chance of Igor Rossi avoiding a suspension for today's violent tackle.

St Mirren defender Jim Goodwin, something of a red card expert, is part of the BBC Radio Scotland commentary team and describes the ordering off as "a no-brainer".

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland at New Douglas Park

"This game began as a test of Hamilton's character, it is now an examination of Hearts' nerve. They were rattled after being reused to 10 men and need to regroup during the interval. Hamilton, meanwhile, need a shift in mindset to try to take advantage of their extra man and play more progressively. Bobby Madden, the referee, has handled a difficult encounter very well."

HALF-TIME

Hamilton 0-0 Hearts

Boos ring out from the away end as Hearts leave the park with 10 men. Michael McGovern has been the busier keeper but Hamilton will be pleased with their effort and will fancy their chances with an advantage in personnel after the break.

We'll get three minutes of stoppage time following the red card-related melee.