Scottish Premiership
Inverness CTInverness Caledonian Thistle0HeartsHeart of Midlothian0
By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland

Hearts secured European football next season with a point but missed the chance to narrow the gap to second-placed Aberdeen to six points.

Neither side were potent offensively in a largely dull contest with chances and attempts on goal very rare.

Substitute Abiola Dauda almost notched a late winner as Hearts began to press.

But, as the angle narrowed, Inverness Caledonian Thistle goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams managed to stop his flick towards the far corner.

Danny Williams had a late strike well saved and Josh Meekings and Liam Polworth came close for Caley Thistle with shots narrowly over the bar, but neither side really did enough to merit victory.

Hearts' motivation was to give themselves a realistic chance of catching Aberdeen.

To do that, a win seemed vital, but there was little sign of it arriving, although this point guarantees them a Europa League qualifying spot for next season.

Caley Thistle could have moved into seventh place and ended any real concern of being in the relegation play-off position.

The first real moment of interest was when Miguel Pallardo was caught heavily by Ross Draper after the Inverness midfielder had taken a heavy touch.

Referee Don Robertson waved play on, but Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson was infuriated on the touchline.

Hearts' Arnaud Djoum and Caley Thistle's Iain Vigurs clash
The game was bogged down in midfield at Caledonian Stadium

The midfielder soldiered on but was eventually replaced with Callum Paterson, who had returned from injury to take his place on the bench.

It was lacking any invention or excitement but livened up when Jamie Walker went down under Carl Tremarco's challenge.

Referee Don Robertson booked the Hearts man for diving, again to the fury of Neilson.

Caley Thistle's Liam Polworth almost created an opening with a great first touch, but he went too close to the by-line and no-one broke into the box to get on the end of his chip across goal.

Hearts' Juwon Oshaniwa had a powerful drive blocked before Caley Thistle's Josh Meekings and Polworth sent drives flying narrowly over.

However, the threat was minimal at best overall and the second half followed a similar pattern.

Dauda had a great chance on the edge of box but blazed high over when composure may have paid off.

The striker then got a clear sight of goal in the inside left channel, but the onrushing Fon Williams did well to narrow the angle and block when a goal looked likely.

Iain Vigurs tried to add to his recent goal spree with a driven ball across the six-yard box, but Neil Alexander comfortably held on before he did so again from a Danny Williams volley as the match ended in stalemate.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 14Devine
  • 3Tremarco
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 27VigursBooked at 25mins
  • 20Polworth
  • 39StoreySubstituted forWilliamsat 76'minutes
  • 28Mbuyi-MutomboSubstituted forVincentat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 4Vincent
  • 7Williams
  • 9Foran
  • 17Horner
  • 19Williams
  • 21Hughes

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 24Souttar
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4AugustynBooked at 49mins
  • 17OshaniwaSubstituted forNicholsonat 81'minutes
  • 44ZanattaSubstituted forDaudaat 65'minutes
  • 14Pallardo GonzalezSubstituted forPatersonat 38'minutes
  • 23Kitchen
  • 16Sutchuin-DjoumBooked at 25mins
  • 19Delgado Lloria
  • 7WalkerBooked at 22mins

Substitutes

  • 2Paterson
  • 11Nicholson
  • 13Hamilton
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
  • 25Dauda
  • 28Smith
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
3,202

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

  8. Post update

    Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian).

  10. Post update

    Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian).

  12. Post update

    Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian).

  15. Post update

    Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Sam Nicholson replaces Juwon Oshaniwa.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

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