Scottish Premiership
Inverness CT0Hearts0

Inverness CT 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

Inverness hit the woodwork four times as they were held to a goalless draw by Hearts at the Caledonian Stadium.

Hearts 'keeper Jamie MacDonald worked wonders to deny a first-half Caley Thistle onslaught, with Marley Watkins, Billy McKay, David Raven and Greg Tansey hitting the post or crossbar.

The visitors came into it after the break as Jamie Hamill and Paul McCallum spurned good opportunities.

And MacDonald produced more magic to turn Greg Tansey's shot round the post.

Inverness drop one place to fifth in the Scottish Premiership, while Hearts are 16 points behind Partick Thistle at the bottom.

Hearts' Ryan Stevenson had a decent early chance, sending a powerful drive from the edge of the box inches over the bar.

But that was followed by a more or less constant stream of Caley Thistle attacks.

First Watkins, who was to prove a thorn in the side of the Hearts defence all afternoon, sent a shot just wide of the post from just outside the 18-yard box.

Then a David Raven cross clipped the crossbar and only a great block by Heart's captain Danny Wilson denied Billy McKay moments later.

Another powerful Inverness attack saw Watkins send a great through ball to McKay in the inside right of the Hearts' box but MacDonald pulled off a great save.

Moments later it was McKay who set up Watkins but although his shot beat the 'keeper, 17-year-old Hearts defender Jordan McGhee cleared the ball off the line in a desperate rear guard action.

Hearts started much more brightly in the second half with Hamill coming close to breaking the deadlock with a powerful shot from the edge of the box, which went just wide.

But Inverness continued to dominate without creating as many clear cut chances. Tansey came closest with a piledriver shot from 20 yards and Richie Foran was involved in some decent attacking moves after being brought on midway through the second half.

With the final whistle approaching, it was Hearts who had the best chances to seize all three points and get revenge for their dramatic League Cup semi-final defeat by Caley Thistle.

Against the run of play Hamill came close again and McCallum sent a last minute header towards the Inverness goal, which was blocked by defender Graeme Shinnie.

The goalless draw leaves John Hughes without a home victory since he took over the managerial post in Inverness. Hearts, meanwhile, are now unbeaten in their last four league games.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8Draper
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 15Watkins
  • 16TanseyBooked at 88mins
  • 7Mckay
  • 4VincentSubstituted forForanat 74'minutes
  • 10Doran

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 9Foran
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 18Tremarco
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth

Hearts

  • 1MacDonald
  • 5McGowan
  • 30McGhee
  • 8RobinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 16McKay
  • 4Wilson
  • 18CarrickSubstituted forKingat 74'minutes
  • 2Hamill
  • 9McCallumBooked at 68mins
  • 7Stevenson
  • 28Nicholson

Substitutes

  • 13Ridgers
  • 15Holt
  • 19King
  • 29Oliver
  • 31Beith
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
3,392

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home23
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home14
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Hearts 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Hearts 0.

Booking

Scott Robinson (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Attempt blocked. Paul McCallum (Hearts) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Wilson (Hearts).

Attempt missed. Richie Foran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) header from very close range misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Aaron Doran.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Hamill (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jamie Hamill (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Hearts. Billy King replaces Dale Carrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Richie Foran replaces James Vincent.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

Attempt blocked. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Brad McKay.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Paul McCallum (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Paul McCallum (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

(Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul McCallum (Hearts).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jamie Hamill.

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Nicholson (Hearts).

Attempt blocked. Jamie Hamill (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic2421304566
2Aberdeen2515371448
3Motherwell241527547
4Dundee Utd2510871338
5Inverness CT231157838
6St Johnstone23959532
7Hibernian258710-531
8Kilmarnock267514-1226
9St Mirren266614-1824
10Ross County256415-1522
11Partick Thistle2641012-1822
12Hearts265615-226
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