Hearts 0-0 Hibernian
The first Edinburgh derby of 2013 ended in stalemate as Hearts and Hibs failed to muster a goal at Tynecastle.
Andrew Driver had the best chance for the hosts in a first half short of real quality, latching on to Ryan Stevenson's pass to fire across goal.
Stevenson knocked a close-range effort wide for Hearts and Eoin Doyle blazed over for Hibs in an open second half.
Ryan McGivern and Hearts' Dylan McGowan made crucial clearances before John Sutton hit Hibs' bar late on.
Hibs were triumphant when these Edinburgh rivals last met - a 1-0 victory in the Scottish Cup fourth round - but the Easter Road side had not won a Scottish Premier League match against Hearts since May 2009.
Hearts set the early pace in the final game before the SPL's winter break, with Hibs midfielders Jorge Claros and Tom Taiwo quickly realising anything more than one touch in the middle of the Tynecastle pitch would be a luxury.
In the 10th minute, Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams gave visiting fans a scare as he dropped Driver's speculative cross before James McPake cleared.
Tim Clancy's late sliding challenge on Hearts youngster Kevin McHattie after 14 minutes was the game's first major foul and it drew a stern word from referee Willie Collum but no card.
There was no booking either for Hibs' Irish forward, Eoin Doyle, as he clattered Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald two minutes later.
Both teams struggled to retain possession and it was not until the 25th minute that Hibs mustered a shot on target - Paul Cairney connecting tamely with Doyle's low cross.
The contest's first serious chance arrived in the 32nd minute.
Stevenson, on Hearts' right side, floated a lovely forward ball into the Hibs box. McPake's despairing slide could not reach it and Driver fired the ball across the face of Williams's goal and narrowly wide.
Some Hearts players appealed for a penalty following that opportunity, believing Scott Robinson had been taken out by McPake's stretch.
Shortly after, the red-hot atmosphere within Tynecastle was stoked further when Stevenson put in a full-blooded sliding challenge on McPake.
The second half yielded an early goalscoring chance through Mehdi Taouil's rifled 20-yard shot.
Williams failed to gather the Moroccan's effort and spilled it to Stevenson, who could not react quickly enough and knocked it wide.
In a Hibs counter-attack soon after, Cairney swept an excellent angled pass through to Doyle, but the striker blazed over under pressure from McHattie.
Hibs first corner came in the 81st minute and it almost brought a goal. Leigh Griffiths' in-swinger was glanced just over by substitute David Wotherspoon.
Another substitute, Hearts' Jason Holt, came even closer to giving his side the lead a minute later.
Callum Paterson's header put Holt through and the midfielder's goal-bound shot went past Williams only to be cleared by McGivern from four yards out.
That clearance was then bettered by Hearts' McGowan, who was on hand to prevent Griffiths tapping in after MacDonald failed to hold a low Doyle drive.
One minute into injury time, Sutton came within inches of a winner when his header cannoned back off the bar.
However, in the end, nothing could separate these Edinburgh rivals, who start 2013 with a point apiece.
Heart of Midlothian
- 01 MacDonald
- 05 Barr
- 26 Zaliukas
- 29 McHattie
- 07 Stevenson
- 10 Taouil
- 11 Driver (Walker - 84' )
- 19 McGowan
- 08 Robinson (Holt - 47' )
- 09 Sutton
- 18 Novikovas (Paterson - 68' )
- 21 Enckelman
- 14 Walker
- 30 Mullen
- 15 Holt
- 16 Prychynenko
- 12 Smith
- 33 Paterson
- 01 Williams
- 02 Clancy
- 03 McGivern Booked
- 04 Hanlon Booked
- 06 McPake
- 07 Deegan
- 08 Claros
- 11 Cairney (Wotherspoon - 55' Booked )
- 20 Taiwo (Stevenson - 73' )
- 09 Griffiths
- 10 Doyle
- 31 Murdoch
- 18 Maybury
- 36 Donaldson
- 14 Wotherspoon
- 16 Stevenson
- 24 Handling
- 29 Caldwell
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +1:16
The assistant referee signals for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Dylan McGowan takes the free kick.89:48
Kevin McHattie delivers the ball. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by John Sutton played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Callum Paterson clears the crossbar.88:35
Tim Clancy sends in a cross, Darren Barr makes a clearance.88:04
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Clancy by John Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.87:22
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jamie Walker played to the near post, clearance by James McPake.83:42 Substitution
Substitution (Hearts) makes a substitution, with Jamie Walker coming on for Andrew Driver.83:42
Andrew Driver delivers the ball.81:46
Inswinging corner taken by Andrew Driver from the right by-line.79:55
Foul by Mehdi Taouil on Leigh Griffiths, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Leigh Griffiths. Corner from the right by-line taken by Leigh Griffiths, Paul Hanlon produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.79:10
Tim Clancy fouled by Andrew Driver, the ref awards a free kick. Leigh Griffiths takes the direct free kick.78:02
Corner taken by Andrew Driver.75:47
Unfair challenge on James McPake by John Sutton results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.74:18
Header on goal by Paul Hanlon from just inside the area goes over the goal.73:36
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eoin Doyle by Ryan Stevenson. Leigh Griffiths restarts play with the free kick.72:24 Substitution
Substitution Lewis Stevenson replaces Tom Taiwo.72:24 Booking
Booking The referee shows David Wotherspoon a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.71:28
Shot on goal comes in from Andrew Driver from the free kick, Ben Williams makes a save.71:28 Booking
Booking Ryan McGivern receives a yellow card.71:23
Andrew Driver fouled by Ryan McGivern, the ref awards a free kick.
Darren Barr delivers the ball, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.69:20
Corner taken left-footed by Andrew Driver from the left by-line to the near post, James McPake makes a clearance.68:45
Inswinging corner taken by Andrew Driver from the right by-line, save by Ben Williams.67:04
Andrew Driver takes the direct free kick. Corner taken by Andrew Driver from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by James McPake.67:04 Substitution
Substitution Callum Paterson replaces Arvydas Novikovas.67:04
Gary Deegan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Driver.66:08
The ball is swung over by Ryan Stevenson, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.63:15
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Stevenson on Jorge Claros. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.62:11
Andrew Driver sends in a cross, Ryan McGivern makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Arvydas Novikovas from the right by-line, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.60:00
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Arvydas Novikovas played to the near post, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.58:33
A cross is delivered by Darren Barr.55:05
Free kick taken by Ryan Stevenson. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andrew Driver, clearance by James McPake. Corner taken by Marius Zaliukas played to the near post.55:05 Booking
Booking The referee shows Paul Hanlon a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.55:01
Paul Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on Arvydas Novikovas.53:42 Substitution
Substitution Paul Cairney goes off and David Wotherspoon comes on.53:42
Shot from deep inside the area by Eoin Doyle goes over the bar.52:32
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Deegan on Mehdi Taouil. Mehdi Taouil takes the direct free kick.50:54
Arvydas Novikovas concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Hanlon. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.47:49
Eoin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McHattie. Andrew Driver restarts play with the free kick, Mehdi Taouil takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.46:53 Substitution
Substitution Jason Holt is brought on as a substitute for Scott Robinson.45:30
Arvydas Novikovas is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:00 +1:03 Half time
Half Time It is the end of the first-half.44:46
Kevin McHattie delivers the ball, save made by Ben Williams.42:28
Foul by Paul Hanlon on Scott Robinson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Stevenson, Shot from deep inside the area by Andrew Driver clears the crossbar.41:46
John Sutton has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.37:44
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Deegan on Scott Robinson. Strike comes in from Mehdi Taouil from the free kick.37:30
Ryan McGivern crosses the ball, Jamie MacDonald makes a save.35:44
John Sutton crosses the ball, clearance made by Jorge Claros.35:10
James McPake gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.33:53
The ball is crossed by Andrew Driver.31:50
The ball is sent over by Andrew Driver.30:12
Darren Barr concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Cairney. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.30:00
Andrew Driver crosses the ball, Ryan McGivern makes a clearance.28:11
Darren Barr fouled by Eoin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Dylan McGowan takes the direct free kick.26:42
Scott Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan McGivern. Ben Williams takes the free kick. Centre by Eoin Doyle, Darren Barr manages to make a clearance.25:08
Scott Robinson takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.23:45
Shot from 18 yards from Paul Cairney. Jamie MacDonald makes a save.21:32
Marius Zaliukas concedes a free kick for a foul on Eoin Doyle. Free kick crossed by Leigh Griffiths, Ryan Stevenson makes a clearance.17:05
The ball is swung over by Andrew Driver. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrew Driver from the left by-line, clearance made by Ryan McGivern.14:29
Unfair challenge on Gary Deegan by Mehdi Taouil results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Tim Clancy from the free kick, Jamie MacDonald makes a save.13:38
Kevin McHattie fouled by Tim Clancy, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin McHattie takes the free kick.10:12
Andrew Driver delivers the ball, Ben Williams gets a block in.9:46
Foul by James McPake on Ryan Stevenson, free kick awarded. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.8:22
The ball is swung over by Darren Barr, Jorge Claros manages to make a clearance.7:27
Eoin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Stevenson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marius Zaliukas, Tim Clancy makes a clearance.4:56
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mehdi Taouil on Paul Cairney. Free kick taken by Leigh Griffiths. The referee penalises James McPake for handball. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.3:49
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jorge Claros by Arvydas Novikovas. Ben Williams takes the free kick.2:47
The ball is sent over by Ryan Stevenson. Corner taken by Andrew Driver from the left by-line. Arvydas Novikovas sends in a cross, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance.1:48
Centre by Arvydas Novikovas, Ryan McGivern gets a block in. Unfair challenge on Tom Taiwo by Scott Robinson results in a free kick. Ben Williams takes the free kick.0:00
The match begins.
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