Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at New Douglas Park
Igor Rossi is sent-off
Igor Rossi was red-carded for Hearts

A fiercely contested game at New Douglas Park saw Hamilton and Hearts share two red cards but no goals.

It was Hearts who were first reduced to 10 men when Igor Rossi was sent off just before half-time.

He saw red for a two-footed tackle, while another heavy foul saw Hamilton's Jesus Garcia Tena dismissed in the second-half.

Hamilton will have valued the point, though, with Hearts hitting the woodwork three times.

The game began as a test of Hamilton's character, since the players could still have been emotionally bruised by their 8-1 loss to Celtic in midweek.

There was a natural retreat into being briskly and forcefully competitive. Martin Canning sent his side out in a 3-4-3 shape, to ensure there was cover in defence against Hearts' front two, but formation was secondary to attitude.

Pressure was applied swiftly and vigorously to any Hearts player on the ball and the opening half seldom raised itself above a general level of scrappy endeavour. Darian MacKinnon and Mickey Devlin also clattered into a couple of strong challenges that left opponents grounded.

Hearts sought to be progressive, but tended to be constrained. Even so, Rossi hit the post with a header and when Callum Paterson pounced on the rebound his effort was saved by the Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

Chances were rare, and Hearts' best moment quickly descended into their worst. Billy King was still wondering how McGovern reached out an arm to push away his half-volley when Rossi launched a two-footed tackle on Darren Lyon that sparked a furious response from the Hamilton players.

Once the melee subsided, the referee Bobby Madden sent Rossi off and booked some of the agitators. The referee was shrewd and decisive throughout, and handled an occasionally feisty game with a sure sense of control.

Hearts regrouped during the interval, while Hamilton tried to shift their mindset from containment to creativity. They were helped in that regard by the range of passing and imagination of Ali Crawford, who grew in influence.

Their best opportunity came when Tena's shot was blocked by Paterson, then Devlin's header was saved by the Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

Hearts were initially cautious, hoping to hit on the break, but even before Hamilton were reduced to 10 men the visitors had grown in stature. From Alim Ozturk's cross, Blazej Augustyn hit the crossbar with a firm header.

Although the niggly nature of the game had dissipated, a flashpoint was still possible. It came when Tena heavily fouled the impressive Arnaud Djoum, leading to a straight red card. As Hamilton tried to adapt, Jordan McGhee's header across goal was met by Dario Zanatta, but his header hit the bar.

For all their industry, Hamilton still needed a moment of resolve from McGovern, when the goalkeeper had to keep the final touch of the game - a Juanma stubbed shot - out at close-range.

Line-ups

Hamilton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 4DevlinBooked at 17mins
  • 44De Lima TagliapietraSubstituted forTenaat 45'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 3Kurakins
  • 22LyonSubstituted forBrophyat 76'minutes
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 41minsSubstituted forDochertyat 45'minutes
  • 7Imrie
  • 11Crawford
  • 12Kurtaj
  • 9D'Acol

Substitutes

  • 14Morris
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 24Tena
  • 26Martin
  • 27Nade
  • 28Mandiangu

Hearts

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5OzturkBooked at 39mins
  • 4Augustyn
  • 18RossiBooked at 40mins
  • 12KingSubstituted forZanattaat 45'minutes
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 16Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 8BuabenBooked at 39mins
  • 10SowSubstituted forDelgado Lloriaat 71'minutes
  • 20ReillySubstituted forMcGheeat 41'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Hamilton
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 19Delgado Lloria
  • 22McGhee
  • 23Swanson
  • 26Beith
  • 44Zanatta
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
2,684

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical).

  4. Post update

    Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Antons Kurakins.

  7. Post update

    Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian) hits the bar with a header from very close range.

  8. Dismissal

    Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) is shown the red card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Post update

    Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Blazej Augustyn.

  12. Post update

    Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Darren Lyon.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

  18. Post update

    Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Jesus Garcia Tena.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic23174263194455
2Aberdeen23154438221649
3Hearts23118442241841
4Ross County24103114037333
5St Johnstone229583634232
6Inverness CT237883032-229
7Dundee237883539-429
8Partick Thistle226792128-725
9Motherwell2274112436-1225
10Hamilton2467112945-1625
11Kilmarnock2466122747-2024
12Dundee Utd2334162446-2213
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