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Heart of Midlothian 0-0 Hibernian

By Tom EnglishBBC Scotland at Tynecastle

Oli Shaw's seventh-minute effort was incorrectly disallowed as Hearts and Hibernian contested a tumultuous but goalless Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle.

The Hibs striker struck the underside of the crossbar, the ball landing over the line and bouncing clear.

Kyle Lafferty scuffed wide a glorious Hearts chance from six yards five minutes into the second half.

And Hearts were denied a late penalty when Lewis Stevenson appeared to control a free-kick with his right arm.

Craig Levein's men are now unbeaten in eight matches, while Hibs have not lost to their rivals in nine encounters.

The Easter Road side remain fourth in the Scottish Premiership, but lost ground on second-placed Aberdeen and third-placed Rangers, both of whom recorded home wins on Wednesday.

Oli Shaw watches his shot cross the line via the underside of the bar
Oli Shaw's seventh-minute effort crossed the goalline via the bar, but was not awarded by the officials

The strength of the hosts' defence has been a critical feature in their unbeaten run. Hearts had not conceded a goal in six hours coming into this derby and had conceded only once in nine hours. It was a record to be proud of, but it was also a record that should have been over just seven minutes into the game.

The 'goal that wasn't' started in the middle of the pitch with John McGinn, one of the few players who brought composure amid the madness. McGinn swept it out to the right to Martin Boyle, who picked out Shaw running to the near post. Shaw met it first time, his shot slapping down off the underside of the crossbar and crossing the line by enough inches for it to be obvious to most that the goal was good.

Steven McLean, the referee, and his officials didn't see it that way. To the astonishment of Neil Lennon and his players, it wasn't given. An awful error. For Levein, it was the luckiest of lucky breaks.

This was a terrific occasion, but the football, as is so often the case, didn't measure up to the atmosphere. It was fractious stuff. Tough, but rarely attractive. Intense, but only occasionally incisive. Hibs had the better of the opening half, constantly threatening to undo Hearts' offside trap with runners in behind but never quite managing to pull if off.

Hearts had three men in the book by the end of the half, but they didn't cede much else to Hibs. The visitors might have had most possession, but Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin was hardly living in fear through it all. If Lennon's side needs one thing it's a penalty-box goalscorer, an established poacher to turn their good stuff into goals.

Proper chances were thin on the ground, but Hearts created one just after the restart when Jamie Walker went by Efe Ambrose down the left and squared for Lafferty. The big striker took a swing at it and miscued it wide. In a game of so few opportunities that was a considerable one. The way Lafferty reacted to the miss suggested that he knew he should have done a whole lot better.

Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty
Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty scuffed an effort wide just after the restart

Hibs had one of their own 10 minutes from the end when McLaughlin tipped a corner into the path of the onrushing Paul Hanlon, who could not readjust in time to direct his effort goalwards when he ought to have hit the target.

There was one more moment. In added time, Stevenson looked to have used an arm to deflect away a Hearts cross. The home fans rose as one in calling for a penalty, but again it wasn't given. Another escape.

Hearts weren't within screaming distance of their extraordinary performance in victory against Celtic, but they had enough organisation and physicality to shut down their rivals. Hibs huffed and puffed and met a defence that had too much for them.

Darren McGregor tackles Isma Goncalves
This meeting of the Edinburgh rivals had little football quality

In what was a forgettable night, that phantom Shaw goal will be thing that brings out the fury of the Hibs fans. Hearts will points to that late shout for a penalty. The game lacked quality, but not controversy.

Line-ups

Hearts

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 16RandallSubstituted forHughesat 49'minutes
  • 4Souttar
  • 6Berra
  • 30Brandon
  • 15Cowie
  • 8Buaben
  • 11MilinkovicBooked at 41minsSubstituted forCallachanat 83'minutes
  • 7WalkerBooked at 39mins
  • 77Esmael Gonçalves
  • 9LaffertyBooked at 26mins

Substitutes

  • 5Hughes
  • 13Hamilton
  • 20Callachan
  • 23Stockton
  • 27Grzelak
  • 43Henderson
  • 46McDonald

Hibernian

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Marciano
  • 25Ambrose
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forBarkerat 74'minutesSubstituted forMatuleviciusat 86'minutes
  • 10McGeouch
  • 6BartleyBooked at 64mins
  • 7McGinn
  • 16Stevenson
  • 28Stokes
  • 32ShawSubstituted forMurrayat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 8Slivka
  • 9Matulevicius
  • 11Swanson
  • 15Murray
  • 20Barker
  • 41Dabrowski
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
19,316

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home0
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 0, Hibernian 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Deivydas Matulevicius (Hibernian).

  4. Post update

    Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Bartley (Hibernian).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Efe Ambrose (Hibernian).

  8. Post update

    Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) because of an injury.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Deivydas Matulevicius replaces Brandon Barker because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simon Murray (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Ross Callachan replaces Manuel Milinkovic.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Brandon Barker (Hibernian) because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

  16. Post update

    Manuel Milinkovic (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic21155148153350
2Aberdeen2113353324942
3Rangers21123641251639
4Hibernian219753026434
5Hearts217862119229
6St Johnstone207582128-726
7Kilmarnock206772427-325
8Motherwell2073102529-424
9Hamilton2055102733-620
10Dundee2154122132-1119
11Ross County2145122134-1317
12Partick Thistle2145121737-2017
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