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Arbroath 0-0 Heart of Midlothian: leaders edge closer to title despite draw

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Gayfield
Hearts again struggled in front of goal
Hearts again struggled in front of goal

Hearts edged closer to the Scottish Championship title despite turning in another uninspiring display in a goalless draw at Arbroath.

Robbie Neilson's side - who are 16 points clear - need three wins to guarantee an immediate return to the top-flight.

But despite stretching their unbeaten run to nine matches, they again struggled to create chances.

The draw moves Arbroath five points clear of bottom side Alloa Athletic.

Arbroath manager Dick Campbell: "We are playing the best team in the league and I don't think they tested our goalkeeper.

"I thought I had three players coming in yesterday from Championship in England but only found out at half eleven last night we can only bring in domestic loans. I had agreed terms and everything."

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson: "That was a tough one for us. The pitch was really bobbly and you couldn't play any football on it. I think there were a few shanks from both teams.

"It's another point towards the title with Dunfermline losing and Raith drawing. Now we are 16 points clear with six [games] to go."

Line-ups

Arbroath

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Gaston
  • 22Pignatiello
  • 4Little
  • 5O'Brien
  • 3HamiltonBooked at 67mins
  • 11LinnSubstituted forHilsonat 73'minutes
  • 7GoldSubstituted forStewartat 77'minutes
  • 18Williamson
  • 28Craigen
  • 14DoolanSubstituted forMcKennaat 45'minutes
  • 19Hamilton

Substitutes

  • 6Whatley
  • 8McKenna
  • 9Hilson
  • 12Stewart
  • 21Gallacher

Hearts

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Gordon
  • 2Smith
  • 28Popescu
  • 26Halkett
  • 21KingsleySubstituted forWalkerat 76'minutes
  • 18McEneffSubstituted forWhiteat 46'minutes
  • 19Irving
  • 16Halliday
  • 17Mackay-StevenSubstituted forKastaneerat 69'minutes
  • 10BoyceBooked at 64mins
  • 9Gnanduillet

Substitutes

  • 3White
  • 6Berra
  • 7Walker
  • 13Stewart
  • 24Frear
  • 29Kastaneer
  • 31Henderson
Referee:
Euan Anderson

Match Stats

Home TeamArbroathAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away5
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arbroath 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Carlo Pignatiello (Arbroath).

  4. Post update

    Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Aidan White.

  6. Post update

    (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Heart of Midlothian).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Dale Hilson.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Carlo Pignatiello (Arbroath).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Arbroath. Conceded by Craig Halkett.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andrew Irving (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Craigen (Arbroath) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Arbroath. Scott Stewart replaces David Gold.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Thomas O'Brien.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jamie Walker replaces Stephen Kingsley because of an injury.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Arbroath. Dale Hilson replaces Bobby Linn.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Armand Gnanduillet (Heart of Midlothian) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Foul by James Craigen (Arbroath).

  20. Post update

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

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