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Dundee 1-1 Heart of Midlothian

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Highlights: Dundee 1-1 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts all but secured their top six place after holding on for a point at Dens Park.

The visitors were ahead on two minutes when Ross Callachan finished off a long passing sequence with a neat turn and curling shot into the far corner.

The hosts responded well and were level when Sofien Moussa bundled in an excellent cross from Roarie Deacon.

Dundee, who ended a run of five home defeats, were the more menacing side late on but could not find a winner.

The Dark Blues stay 10th, moving four points away from Partick Thistle in the play-off place, while Hearts are now six points clear of seventh-placed Motherwell, with a significantly superior goal difference.

The Steelmen play their game in hand at home to Aberdeen on Tuesday, while Hearts host the same opposition next weekend, with their only rivals for the last remaining place in the Premiership's top half going to St Johnstone before the split.

A lively first half began in whirlwind fashion as Callachan finished off a lovely, flowing move with a composed shot beyond outstretched goalkeeper Elliot Parish.

It was a terrific finish from the midfielder but Dundee manager Neil McCann, on the touchline after contesting a ban, will have been furious about the uncertain home defending.

The home side responded well, with Simon Murray denied an equaliser by Jon McLaughlin, who raced out of his goal to block the striker's effort.

Referee Kevin Clancy was a busy man issuing yellow cards to both Hearts centre forward Kyle Lafferty and Dundee winger Deacon for diving as six players were cautioned before the interval.

Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty was booked for simulation at Dens Park
Lafferty was booked for simulation when TV replays suggested he was shoved

Dundee's perseverance paid off with a fine equaliser as Deacon sent in an inch-perfect cross for Moussa to throw himself at inside the six yard box.

The hosts came out of the traps quickly in the second half and Mark O'Hara tried his luck from distance with the ball drifting over the crossbar.

With an hour on the clock, Dundee came close to taking the lead when man-of-the-match Paul McGowan floated in a corner that was met by the head of Steven Caulker.

The defender knocked the ball towards Murray, who flicked it on with his head only for Steven Naismith to clear off the line with the rebound from Moussa deflected wide.

Visiting manager Craig Levein introduced teenagers Lewis Moore and Euan Henderson but Dundee continued to do most of the pressing as Deacon cut in from the right to test McLaughlin with an angled strike.

On an increasingly rare Hearts attack, John Souttar's shot from 22 yards was deflected narrowly wide.

McCann brought on Kevin Holt for the ineffective Jon Aurtenetxe and the replacement created a fine opportunity with virtually his first touch.

Drifting in from the left, he played in McGowan but the midfielder's curling shot was just too high as he took aim for the far top corner.

Deacon and Murray both had shots saved as Dundee finished strongly but a first home victory since November was to elude them.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 12Parish
  • 24Meekings
  • 4Caulker
  • 6O'DeaSubstituted forKusungaat 54'minutes
  • 15AurtenetxeSubstituted forHoltat 81'minutes
  • 14O'HaraBooked at 40mins
  • 8Kamara
  • 18McGowanBooked at 27mins
  • 21DeaconBooked at 7mins
  • 17MurrayBooked at 90mins
  • 9MoussaSubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kerr
  • 3Holt
  • 5Kusunga
  • 7Leitch-Smith
  • 28Spence
  • 33Wighton
  • 38Ferie

Hearts

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 28Godinho
  • 4Souttar
  • 6BerraBooked at 31mins
  • 5Hughes
  • 15Cowie
  • 66AdaoSubstituted forCochraneat 79'minutes
  • 20CallachanBooked at 15minsSubstituted forHendersonat 71'minutes
  • 7AmankwaaSubstituted forMooreat 71'minutes
  • 9LaffertyBooked at 21mins
  • 14NaismithBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 11Milinkovic
  • 13Hamilton
  • 16Randall
  • 33Moore
  • 43Henderson
  • 46McDonald
  • 47Cochrane
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
5,496

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 1, Heart of Midlothian 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Simon Murray (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Simon Murray (Dundee).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Simon Murray (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

  11. Post update

    Harry Cochrane (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Marcus Godinho.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. A-Jay Leitch-Smith replaces Sofien Moussa.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Euan Henderson (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Roarie Deacon (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic31218262204271
2Rangers32185963382559
3Aberdeen31185848341459
4Hibernian311510645331255
5Kilmarnock31131084238449
6Hearts32101393330343
7Motherwell31107143641-537
8St Johnstone32107153247-1537
9Hamilton3086164053-1330
10Dundee3185183149-1829
11Partick Thistle3167182652-2625
12Ross County3157193356-2322
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