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Livingston 0-0 Heart of Midlothian: Hearts frustrated by 10-man hosts

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Highlights: Livingston 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts sit just one point off the foot of the Scottish Premiership table after being held by 10-man Livingston.

Craig Levein's side had sustained pressure but could not make it count in the final third at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Livingston's Aymen Souda was sent off for a high tackle on Hearts captain Christophe Berra on a frustrating day.

The hosts sit in seventh with only goal difference keeping the visitors off second-bottom spot.

No runaway winner this time

The last time these sides met at this venue it finished 5-0 to Livingston, but there was little sign of this match ever being quite so one sided - this was raw, meaty, competitive fare right from the start.

The beautiful game would take a bit of a bruising in the first half but there was no shortage of incident. The best chance of the first half fell to Hearts, Uche Ikpeazu should have given his side the lead one-on-one with the keeper but chose to place his shot rather than smash it and the Livingston keeper Matija Sarkic did superbly to make the save.

Ikpeazu's bad luck continued. A tangle with Alan Lithgow had more than a whiff of penalty about it but referee Greg Aitken waved away the claims.

Ryo Meshino also flashed a shot wide of the post as Hearts edged the first half in terms of chances. But Livingston also carried a real threat.

With Lyndon Dykes injured, Scott Robinson led the Livingston line and almost opened the scoring with a close-range effort from a Nicky Devlin cutback but Pereira in the Hearts goal saved with his leg.

Souda then tried his luck from the edge of the box, but Joel Pereira turned his shot past the post.

But it would all turn sour for Souda in the second half. Pereira made a hash of a high ball into the box and, as he had a second attempt, Souda came flying in on the Hearts keeper and Berra with a scissor kick. It was a crude attempt to say the least and referee Aitken was in no doubt as he flashed the red card.

Chances were becoming less frequent, although Hearts defender Michael Smith had to clear an effort from Jack McMillan off the line.

At the other end, Aaron Hickey flashed a ball across the Livingston goal which took a deflection off Lithgow. The ball narrowly spun past the wrong side of the post.

As the match wore on Hearts began to dominate play as you would expect with the extra man advantage, but it looked like that moment of quality would elude them.

A late turn-and-shot from Ikpeazu was held by Sarkic as the referee blew the final whistle. In the end, a better point for the home side given the red card, but another frustrating day for Hearts.

Aymen Souda becomes the 13th player to be sent off in the league this season

Man of the match - Aaron Hickey

Culpable for the Rangers equaliser last weekend, the youngster bounced back in style here with an assured performance at left back.

Without wanting to heap pressure on this hugely promising left back - and these are very early days in his career - there are more than a few shades of Kieran Tierney about him.

He pushed Hearts forward in the second half continuously as the away side searched for a winner.

'There were quite a few frustrations' - reaction

Livingston Head Coach Gary Holt: "I'm absolutely delighted for the lads. For 40 minutes in the second half to play with 10 men - the character, the drive, the determination.

"We didn't just sit in. We tried to counter, we tried to hit them on the break when we could."

Hearts manager Craig Levein: "There were quite a few frustrations today. I asked the players to come here and compete which we didn't do last season and I was happy with that.

"I thought we competed from the first whistle to the last. When we did get a numerical advantage it took us 10-15 minutes to settle down and actually start to pass the ball."

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 30Sarkic
  • 2DevlinSubstituted forLamieat 40'minutes
  • 4LithgowBooked at 88mins
  • 27GuthrieBooked at 75mins
  • 21McMillanSubstituted forTiffoneyat 90+1'minutes
  • 6Bartley
  • 16Crawford
  • 11Lawless
  • 7Jacobs
  • 20SoudaBooked at 49mins
  • 17RobinsonBooked at 53minsSubstituted forOdoffinat 72'minutesBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 1Stewart
  • 5Lamie
  • 8Pittman
  • 10Sibbald
  • 14Odoffin
  • 22Tiffoney
  • 33Lawson

Hearts

  • 23Castro Pereira
  • 25BrandonSubstituted forDikamonaat 62'minutes
  • 2Smith
  • 6BerraBooked at 82mins
  • 51HickeyBooked at 17mins
  • 8Clare
  • 7Bozanic
  • 40Irving
  • 18MacLeanSubstituted forMorrisonat 62'minutes
  • 77MeshinoSubstituted forKeenaat 67'minutes
  • 19IkpeazuBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 13Doyle
  • 15Wighton
  • 22Damour
  • 28Dikamona
  • 35Keena
  • 38Morrison
  • 48Logan
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
3,854

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home4
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Scott Tiffoney replaces Jack McMillan.

Booking

Alan Lithgow (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Livingston).

Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Hakeem Odoffin (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Jack McMillan (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Hickey (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Alan Lithgow (Livingston) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Booking

Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robbie Crawford (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Aidan Keena (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Jon Guthrie (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

Attempt missed. Aaron Hickey (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Keaghan Jacobs.

Attempt saved. Oliver Bozanic (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Hakeem Odoffin replaces Scott Robinson.

Foul by Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston).

Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Aaron Hickey.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Aidan Keena replaces Ryotaro Meshino.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Livingston).

Michael Smith (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Callumn Morrison replaces Steven MacLean.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Clévid Dikamona replaces Jamie Brandon.

Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Livingston).

Scott Robinson (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Brandon (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ricki Lamie (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Scott Robinson (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic97112872122
2Rangers97112762122
3Kilmarnock1052398117
4Motherwell95131513216
5Aberdeen94321310315
6Ross County103431219-713
7Livingston103341313012
8Hamilton102351019-99
9Hearts101541014-48
10St Mirren1022659-48
11Hibernian101541020-108
12St Johnstone101451024-147
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