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Friday, 16 November, 2001, 16:13 GMT
Celtic edge out Hearts
Petrov and Lennon look on for Celtic
Celtic fought out a scrappy win at Tynecastle
Hearts 0-1 Celtic

Celtic set a new SPL record of ten successive wins with a hard fought triumph at Tynecastle.

A first half penalty strike from Henrik Larsson was enough to ensure that the league leader's returned to Glasgow with three points.

There was much sweat and toil on display but little in the way of attractive attacking football.

Hearts matched Celtic for endeavour but could not find the vital breakthrough in front of goal, despite good periods of pressure.

Thomas Flogel failed to make the Hearts squad after picking up a knee injury while on World Cup duty with Austria.

Celtic made two changes to the side which took three points from St Johnstone with Stephen Crainey replacing the injured Joos Valgaeren and Bobo Balde's return to the defence allowed Chris Sutton to resume his more natural role up front meaning John Hartson was back on the bench.

Kevin McKenna toils away for Hearts
Hearts lacked ideas up front
Goal-scoring chances were few and far between in a scrappy first half.

Hearts were working hard to deny Celtic space in midfield and found time to threaten on a few occasions.

Ricardo Fuller fired wide from close range and later blazed a shot wildly over the bar from inside the six yard box after a headed knock down from Stephen Simmons.

Kevin McKenna stuck out a leg to divert a mis-hit shot from Alan Maybury and Robert Douglas did well to tip the looping ball over the crossbar.

However, five minutes before the interval, Celtic were awarded a penalty kick after the speed of Didier Agathe invited a rash challenge from Andy Webster.

Larsson swept the ball high into the corner of the net from the spot.

Alan Thompson emerged as a replacement for the injured Agathe for the start of the second half.

Neil Lennon challenges Stephan Adam
Celtic went looking for a second goal and Antti Niemi did well to smother a low shot from Paul Lambert.

John Mjallby made a great burst forward from defence but his curling shot-cum cross was spectacularly held by the diving Niemi.

Hearts were denied a 75th minute equaliser when Bobby Petta was on the line to block a Fuller header from Steve Fulton's corner kick.

A great last minute run from Fuller opened up the Celtic defence but Douglas did well to smother his cross with a host of Hearts players waiting to pounce.

Hearts: Niemi, Webster, Maybury, Mahe, Pressley, Fulton, Simmons, Adam, Gronlund, Fuller, McKenna. Subs: McKenzie, Kirk, Wales, McCann, Davidson.

Celtic: Douglas, Balde, Mjallby, Crainey, Lambert, Petta, Agathe, Lennon, Petrov, Larsson, Sutton. Subs: Gould, Thompson, Hartson, Moravcik, Maloney.

Referee: M McCurry

Celtic manager Martin O'Neill
"If we can get through this period we'll start to flow again"
Hearts manager Craig Levein
"We were the more attacking side and created the most chances"
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