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Inverness CT 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

Inverness hit the woodwork four times as they were held to a goalless draw by Hearts at the Caledonian Stadium.

Hearts 'keeper Jamie MacDonald worked wonders to deny a first-half Caley Thistle onslaught, with Marley Watkins, Billy McKay, David Raven and Greg Tansey hitting the post or crossbar.

The visitors came into it after the break as Jamie Hamill and Paul McCallum spurned good opportunities.

And MacDonald produced more magic to turn Greg Tansey's shot round the post.

Inverness drop one place to fifth in the Scottish Premiership, while Hearts are 16 points behind Partick Thistle at the bottom.

Hearts' Ryan Stevenson had a decent early chance, sending a powerful drive from the edge of the box inches over the bar.

But that was followed by a more or less constant stream of Caley Thistle attacks.

First Watkins, who was to prove a thorn in the side of the Hearts defence all afternoon, sent a shot just wide of the post from just outside the 18-yard box.

Then a David Raven cross clipped the crossbar and only a great block by Heart's captain Danny Wilson denied Billy McKay moments later.

Another powerful Inverness attack saw Watkins send a great through ball to McKay in the inside right of the Hearts' box but MacDonald pulled off a great save.

Moments later it was McKay who set up Watkins but although his shot beat the 'keeper, 17-year-old Hearts defender Jordan McGhee cleared the ball off the line in a desperate rear guard action.

Hearts started much more brightly in the second half with Hamill coming close to breaking the deadlock with a powerful shot from the edge of the box, which went just wide.

But Inverness continued to dominate without creating as many clear cut chances. Tansey came closest with a piledriver shot from 20 yards and Richie Foran was involved in some decent attacking moves after being brought on midway through the second half.

With the final whistle approaching, it was Hearts who had the best chances to seize all three points and get revenge for their dramatic League Cup semi-final defeat by Caley Thistle.

Against the run of play Hamill came close again and McCallum sent a last minute header towards the Inverness goal, which was blocked by defender Graeme Shinnie.

The goalless draw leaves John Hughes without a home victory since he took over the managerial post in Inverness. Hearts, meanwhile, are now unbeaten in their last four league games.


Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8Draper
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 15Watkins
  • 16TanseyBooked at 88mins
  • 7Mckay
  • 4VincentSubstituted forForanat 74'minutes
  • 10Doran


  • 1Esson
  • 9Foran
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 18Tremarco
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth


  • 1MacDonald
  • 5McGowan
  • 30McGhee
  • 8RobinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 16McKay
  • 4Wilson
  • 18CarrickSubstituted forKingat 74'minutes
  • 2Hamill
  • 9McCallumBooked at 68mins
  • 7Stevenson
  • 28Nicholson


  • 13Ridgers
  • 15Holt
  • 19King
  • 29Oliver
  • 31Beith
Craig Thomson

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamHearts
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Hearts 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Hearts 0.

  3. Booking

    Scott Robinson (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul McCallum (Hearts) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Booking

    Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

  10. Post update

    Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

  13. Post update

    Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Danny Wilson (Hearts).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Richie Foran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) header from very close range misses to the left following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Aaron Doran.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Hamill (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Hamill (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

As It Stood

4Dundee Utd25108743301338
5Inverness CT2311572921838
6St Johnstone239593126532
9St Mirren2666142442-1824
10Ross County2564153045-1522
11Partick Thistle26410122543-1822
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