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Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Inverness CT

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Highlights: Hearts 1-1 Inverness CT

Hearts' Jamie Walker missed a second-half penalty as bottom side Inverness CT earned a point at Tynecastle.

The visitors took the lead through Carl Tremarco, the defender rising to nod home his seventh of the season from Greg Tansey's curling free-kick.

Arnaud Djoum was in the right place to knock the ball home for the equaliser before he was brought down for a penalty.

Sub Walker's tame effort was, however, well saved by Owain Fon Williams.

Hearts had the bulk of possession and hit the post through Esmael Goncalves, with Djoum and Andraz Struna also going close.

Carl Tremarco heads Inverness CT into the lead at Tynecastle
Carl Tremarco heads Inverness CT into the lead at Tynecastle

Caley Thistle also hit the woodwork from Ross Draper's header, with the scores at 1-1.

Inverness remain bottom of the Premiership table but have closed the gap on Hamilton to two points.

Dogged Inverness

Inverness arrived at Tynecastle without a win in 13 Premiership matches, and the last time they were in Gorgie they were thumped 5-1.

Richie Foran set up his side to be tough to beat by flooding the midfield and it was a wise move as Hearts struggled to create as many clear-cut chances as might have been expected.

And it was the home defence that was breached first. From Tansey's free-kick, Unmarked Inverness left-back Tremarco rose to head into the net to make it 1-0.

Overall Caley Thistle did well to keep Hearts at bay, although Bjorn Johnsen almost equalised with a deflected shot off the crossbar.

Struna then came close for Hearts with a fierce drive that looked like it was heading for the top corner, but Fon Williams tipped the ball over.

Arnaud Djoum bundles the ball beyond Owain Fon Williams to haul Hearts level against Inverness
Arnaud Djoum bundles the ball beyond Owain Fon Williams to haul Hearts level against Inverness

From the resulting corner Goncalves looked like he would equalise from close range but his header flew narrowly wide.

Change of Hearts

In the second half it looked like Hearts were in search of more width as Johnsen was taken off and in his place came Walker.

And the change appeared to have the desired effect as the home side looked lively, Goncalves rifling an angled shot off the post.

But the full house at Tynecastle would eventually get a goal to cheer. A cross from Perry Kitchen on the left wing found African Cup of Nations winner Djoum at the back post and the Cameroon international fired a shot into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.

The match was starting to hot up now and Draper hit the post with a well-directed header from the edge of the area.

But down at the other end Hearts suddenly had a penalty as Djoum was bundled over in the box by Draper. Up stepped Walker but his spot-kick was comfortably saved by Fon Williams.

Neither side could find a winner and both will no doubt be glad to see the back of the Tynecastle pitch for the day. The surface is badly rutted and ensured good passing play was at a premium, despite a number of excellent technical players on show.

Jamie Walker ponders his penalty miss as Hearts are forced to settle for a point against bottom side Inverness CT
Jamie Walker ponders his penalty miss as Hearts are forced to settle for a point against bottom side Inverness CT

There is plenty of talk of sorting the surface and the case is building for it to be done sooner rather than later.

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro: "[Inverness] worked very, very hard. They stayed strong, they stayed compact and they gave us some difficulties in breaking them down.

"However, I think we have dominated the game and we have created enough chances to win one-and-a-half games. Ultimately we suffered the frustrations of having perhaps not been clinical enough when those opportunities arise and defending the set play properly in the first-half.

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Hearts boss Cathro rues missed chances

"It's not great (the pitch). Of course it adds another level of difficulty but it is a situation we need to manage with and deal with collectively."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran: "That was the old Inverness today I thought. Going forward we have been fine this season, going back we have been lazy. We haven't had enough fight - the fight was there today, that's for sure.

"The boys are flat out on their feet and I think it's a deserved point. They've hit the post, we've hit the post. We looked dangerous on the counter-attack, they looked dangerous on the counter.

"It wasn't a pitch to play football on. There were a lot of long balls. The most pleasing part was our going back up the park, our spirit, our work-rate. That was the old Inverness."

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Hamilton
  • 27Struna
  • 12Avlonitis
  • 5Hughes
  • 46Sowah
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 6KitchenSubstituted forMartinat 77'minutes
  • 4Tziolis
  • 16El OuriachiSubstituted forCurrieat 62'minutes
  • 20JohnsenSubstituted forWalkerat 50'minutes
  • 77Esmael Gonçalves

Substitutes

  • 7Walker
  • 11Nicholson
  • 13Noring
  • 19Nowak
  • 24Smith
  • 30Currie
  • 88Martin

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2RavenBooked at 38mins
  • 21Laing
  • 12McCart
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 15mins
  • 16Tansey
  • 8Draper
  • 7Polworth
  • 29Cole
  • 15MulraneyBooked at 36minsSubstituted forDoran Coganat 63'minutes
  • 13MckaySubstituted forAnierat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ebbe
  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 18Fisher
  • 19Boden
  • 23Anier
  • 33Gilchrist
  • 42Hoban
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
16,372

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Inverness CT 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Inverness CT 1.

Lennard Sowah (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

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

Attempt saved. Malaury Martin (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Henri Anier (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Rory Currie (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Malaury Martin (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Lennard Sowah (Heart of Midlothian).

Larnell Cole (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Alexandros Tziolis (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Henri Anier replaces Billy McKay.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Liam Polworth.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Malaury Martin replaces Perry Kitchen.

Penalty saved! Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Heart of Midlothian. Arnaud Djoum draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Owain Fon Williams.

Penalty conceded by Ross Draper (Inverness CT) after a foul in the penalty area.

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

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jamie Walker.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Lennard Sowah.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Greg Tansey.

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Lennard Sowah (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Jamie McCart.

Attempt saved. Rory Currie (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1, Inverness CT 1. Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Perry Kitchen.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces Jake Mulraney.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Rory Currie replaces Moha.

Aaron Hughes (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic25241067165173
2Aberdeen24144647222546
3Rangers2412753226643
4Hearts25108746321438
5St Johnstone2510783331237
6Partick Thistle2568112632-626
7Kilmarnock2451092139-1825
8Dundee2466122434-1024
9Ross County2559112844-1624
10Motherwell2566132948-1924
11Hamilton25312102537-1221
12Inverness CT25310122946-1719
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