Scottish Premiership
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Scottish Premiership: Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Dundee

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tynecastle
Arnaud Djoum
Arnaud Djoum put Hearts ahead in the first half

Hearts missed the chance to narrow the gap on Premiership leaders Celtic as they were held at home by Dundee.

The home side were on top early on and Arnaud Djoum steered Callum Paterson's cross low into the net.

Hearts continued to dominate but could not capitalise, and Rory Loy cut inside to equalise after being given space down the left.

Both sides had chances to win it with Dundee's Greg Stewart and Hearts' Paterson both going close.

With Celtic dropping points at home to Kilmarnock that presented the opportunity for Hearts to narrow the gap at the top to four points.

However, in front of an eighth consecutive home sellout at Tynecastle, the home side had to settle for moving two points ahead of Aberdeen in second place.

Rory Loy
Rory Low drew Dundee level in the second half

Hearts were quick on the attack and a lung-bursting run by Sam Nicholson set up Osman Sow on the edge of the 18-yard box. Nicholson continued his run forward, but Sow went alone and his shot was saved by goalkeeper Scott Bain at his near post.

As the home side continued to dominate possession they were keen to have both Nicholson and Billy King on the ball at every opportunity.

Eventually the breakthrough came when Paterson was allowed time and space down the right to send a pinpoint cross for Djoum to guide the ball into the net.

The Belgian midfielder was denied a second goal after a terrific save by Bain, the Dundee stopper diving backwards to somehow tip a deflected effort over the crossbar.

Dundee had rarely threatened Hearts goal and it was a fairly quiet first half for goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

Bain once again denied Hearts with a fingertip save from a Nicholson free kick after half-time, and against the run of play the Dens Park side drew level.

Striker Loy sprung the offside trap and after controlling the ball cut inside to fire the ball home from 16 yards.

It was the former Kilmarnock and Rangers players' seventh strike of the season and brought an end to Hearts run of over seven hours of play without conceding a goal.

The goal gave Dundee hope of snatching all the points as an edginess spread around Tynecastle.

However, neither side were able to find their way to goal and ended up with a point apiece.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 4Augustyn
  • 18RossiBooked at 76mins
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 16Sutchuin-DjoumSubstituted forSwansonat 85'minutes
  • 8BuabenSubstituted forReillyat 66'minutes
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 11Nicholson
  • 10Sow
  • 12KingSubstituted forGomisat 35'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gomis
  • 13Hamilton
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
  • 23Swanson
  • 28Smith
  • 44Zanatta

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinnBooked at 90mins
  • 16EtxabegurenSubstituted forGadzhalovat 82'minutes
  • 5McPakeBooked at 57minsSubstituted forKonradat 70'minutes
  • 3Holt
  • 7Stewart
  • 18McGowan
  • 10Thomson
  • 17Ross
  • 15Hemmings
  • 9Loy

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 4Konrad
  • 8Low
  • 20Calder
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 29Harkins
  • 46Gourlay
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
16,736

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home9
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Dundee 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Dundee 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

  4. Booking

    Paul McGinn (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Danny Swanson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Paul McGinn (Dundee).

  7. Post update

    Dangerous play by Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian).

  8. Post update

    Thomas Konrad (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Thomas Konrad.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Danny Swanson replaces Arnaud Djoum.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Kostadin Gadzhalov replaces Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Konrad (Dundee).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian).

  18. Post update

    Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Booking

    Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian).