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Hearts   0 - 0   Falkirk

Hearts winger Andrew Driver
Driver missed a good chance to put Hearts ahead in the first half

Hearts were held to a goalless draw by Scottish Premier League bottom club Falkirk at Tynecastle.

David Obua headed over and Andrew Driver fired a shot inches wide of the Falkirk goal as Hearts pressed for a first-half opener.

Falkirk's Brian McLean almost put through his own net only for Robert Olejnik to make a vital save.

Scott Arfield had Falkirk's best efforts with the visitors still in search of a first SPL win this season.

David Obua met Lee Wallace's cross but could not divert his header on target in an early Hearts attack.

Kjartan Finnbogason had a great chance in the box following a mistake by Ismael Bouzid but the Icelandic striker took too long and Hearts goalkeeper Janos Balogh was able to smother the ball.

Nade fired over before Driver missed an excellent chance to open the scoring 10 minutes before the break.

The winger combined with Suso Santana and raced clear of the Bairns defence but shot beyond the frame of Olejnik's goal from a promising position.

At the other end, Alex MacDonald's long-range effort troubled Balogh as it skidded off the wet surface.

Falkirk captain Darren Barr was shown a yellow card after pulling down Santana on the edge of the box after referee Chris Boyle judged that Barr had not denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Arfield's 18-yard shot flashed wide of the Hearts goal as the first half drew to a close.

The visitors continued to press at the start of the second half and Jose Goncalves made an important block from Ryan Flynn's shot.

Balogh then saved another effort from Arfield.

Finnbogason failed to connect properly with MacDonald's cut-back and Danijel Marceta could not convert when the ball fell loose.

Santana showed skill to set up Michael Stewart for a shot 25 yards from goal but the Hearts skipper could not find the target.

Olejnik then made a comfortable save from Santana.

Stewart left the pitch to jeers from the home fans as he was replaced by Ian Black in the 77th minute.

A long throw-in by Goncalves was flicked on by the head of McLean towards goal but Olejnik was alert to keep the scores level.

David Witteveen had earlier replaced Nade and the Austrian went through on goal late in the match only to be foiled by McLean's last-ditch tackle.


Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo:

"It's not the best result for us and with the chances we created we could have been 5-0 ahead.

"I can't always defend players and say they need time. In professional football you don't have a lot of time. We need the fans to support us.

"If you don't score goals then you don't win games. How many teams can create five or six chances in a game?"

Falkirk manager Eddie May:

"It's a fantastic result coming here, we have come to a very difficult venue against a good Hearts team.

"The demands I put on the players are very high and sometimes they have been fantastic, we have to hit a consistency for the season.

"The referee did extremely well, we would have had no complaints if he had sent Darren Barr off for a challenge on Suso Santana."

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Saturday, 24 October 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hearts 0-0 Falkirk FT
(HT 0-0)

      Hearts

      • 01 Balogh
      • 03 Wallace
      • 05 Jose Goncalves
      • 21 Ismael Bouzid
      • 46 Thomson
      • 06 Palazuelos
      • 07 Suso Santana
      • 11 Driver (Glen 86)
      • 23 Stewart (Black 78)
      • 13 Obua yellow card
      • 14 Nade (David Witteveen 67)

      Substitutes

      • 30 MacDonald,
      • 02 Kucharski,
      • 04 Jonsson,
      • 08 Black,
      • 15 David Witteveen,
      • 18 Novikovas,
      • 36 Glen

      Falkirk

      • 01 Olejnik
      • 02 Barr yellow card
      • 04 Twaddle
      • 05 McNamara
      • 06 McLean
      • 08 O'Brien
      • 10 Arfield yellow card
      • 11 Flynn (Danijel Marceta 63) (Mitchell 90)
      • 23 Lima
      • 21 MacDonald (Stewart 68 yellow card)
      • 24 Finnbogason

      Substitutes

      • 29 Wagenaar,
      • 18 Allison,
      • 14 Mitchell,
      • 19 Lynch,
      • 35 Murdoch,
      • 12 Stewart,
      • 22 Danijel Marceta
      Ref: BoyleAtt: 14,127
      HEARTS
      FALKIRK

      Possession

      • Hearts 52%
      • Falkirk 48%

      Attempts on target

      • Hearts 5
      • Falkirk 2

      Attempts off target

      • Hearts 6
      • Falkirk 5

      Corners

      • Hearts 8
      • Falkirk 6

      Fouls

      • Hearts 9
      • Falkirk 16
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:19 The referee ends the match.
      • 90:00+2:41 Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Thomson.
      • 90:00+2:41 Booking Scott Arfield goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
      • 90:00+2:29 Scott Arfield concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Thomson.
      • 90:00+1:35 David Witteveen is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
      • 90:00+0:37 A cross is delivered by Craig Thomson, David Obua takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik. Shot by David Obua from 6 yards. Darren Barr gets a block in.
      • 89:01 Substitution Danijel Marceta leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Mitchell.
      • 85:48 Substitution Andrew Driver goes off and Gary Glen comes on.
      • 83:44 Janos Balogh takes the free kick.
      • 83:44 Booking Booking for Mark Stewart.
      • 83:27 Mark Stewart concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Goncalves.
      • 80:44 Lee Wallace challenges Vitor Lima unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vitor Lima restarts play with the free kick.
      • 79:50 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Scott Arfield misses to the left of the target.
      • 79:32 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Vitor Lima from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jose Goncalves.
      • 79:18 Centre by Marc Twaddle, clearance by Jose Goncalves.
      • 76:49 Substitution (Hearts) makes a substitution, with Ian Black coming on for Michael Stewart.
      • 76:49 Corner taken by Craig Thomson played to the near post, Ismael Bouzid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Olejnik. Direct free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.
      • 76:20 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson to the near post, Kjartan Finnbogason makes a clearance.
      • 75:43 Corner taken by Craig Thomson played to the near post.
      • 75:03 Shot by Suso Santana. Comfortable save by Robert Olejnik.
      • 74:26 Burton O'Brien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Suso Santana. Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 73:44 Danijel Marceta has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
      • 71:30 Effort from just outside the area by Michael Stewart goes over the target.
      • 70:06 Corner from the left by-line taken by Marc Twaddle, clearance made by Andrew Driver.
      • 67:38 Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.
      • 67:38 Substitution Mark Stewart joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex MacDonald.
      • 67:38 David Witteveen is caught offside.
      • 66:21 Substitution Christian Nade goes off and David Witteveen comes on.
      • 65:33 Suso Santana produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
      • 64:35 Shot from just outside the box by Danijel Marceta goes over the crossbar.
      • 63:46 Centre by David Obua, fantastic save by Robert Olejnik.
      • 62:28 Substitution Danijel Marceta comes on in place of Ryan Flynn.
      • 60:36 Ismael Bouzid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kjartan Finnbogason. Alex MacDonald delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Janos Balogh.
      • 60:26 The referee blows for offside. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.
      • 59:46 Scott Arfield has an effort at goal. Brilliant save by Janos Balogh.
      • 58:46 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Thomson from the right by-line played to the near post, Burton O'Brien manages to make a clearance.
      • 57:56 Suso Santana takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Burton O'Brien gets a block in.
      • 57:22 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson played to the near post, clearance made by Burton O'Brien.
      • 54:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Nade by Darren Barr. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Thomson, save by Robert Olejnik.
      • 53:24 Kjartan Finnbogason fouled by Craig Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. Brian McLean crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Ismael Bouzid.
      • 50:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian McLean by Christian Nade. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.
      • 49:35 The assistant referee signals for offside against Alex MacDonald. Jose Goncalves takes the indirect free kick.
      • 48:18 Corner taken by Craig Thomson from the right by-line, clearance made by Brian McLean.
      • 47:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Alex MacDonald.
      • 45:42 Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.
      • 45:42 Booking David Obua is shown a yellow card for dissent.
      • 45:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Obua on Brian McLean.
      • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:47 The half-time whistle blows.
      • 45:00+0:53 Corner taken by Alex MacDonald from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Craig Thomson.
      • 44:54 Scott Arfield has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
      • 43:18 Foul by Kjartan Finnbogason on Ruben Palazuelos, free kick awarded. Jose Goncalves takes the direct free kick.
      • 42:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Arfield on Andrew Driver. Michael Stewart takes the free kick.
      • 41:23 Marc Twaddle concedes a free kick for a foul on David Obua. Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 40:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Twaddle on Christian Nade. Free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
      • 39:23 Corner taken by Marc Twaddle, save by Janos Balogh.
      • 37:01 Craig Thomson takes the direct free kick. Jose Goncalves produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 37:01 Booking Booking for Darren Barr for unsporting behaviour.
      • 36:53 Foul by Darren Barr on Suso Santana, free kick awarded.
      • 35:47 Inswinging corner taken by Alex MacDonald.
      • 34:00 Effort from the edge of the area by Andrew Driver goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 31:04 Craig Thomson takes a shot. Alex MacDonald takes a shot. Alex MacDonald takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ismael Bouzid. Save by Janos Balogh. Fantastic save by Robert Olejnik.
      • 30:22 Unfair challenge on Craig Thomson by Marc Twaddle results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Craig Thomson.
      • 28:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Suso Santana by Darren Barr. Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 27:27 Effort from the edge of the area by Ryan Flynn goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 27:06 Christian Nade challenges Burton O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian McLean.
      • 26:28 The offside flag is raised against Kjartan Finnbogason. Michael Stewart restarts play with the free kick.
      • 25:42 Foul by Lee Wallace on Vitor Lima, free kick awarded. Jackie McNamara restarts play with the free kick.
      • 21:03 Ryan Flynn fouled by Craig Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. Alex MacDonald crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
      • 19:23 Darren Barr challenges Christian Nade unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
      • 18:05 Alex MacDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Thomson. Janos Balogh takes the direct free kick.
      • 15:50 Christian Nade has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.
      • 15:25 Foul by Vitor Lima on Suso Santana, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
      • 12:52 David Obua produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
      • 10:28 Unfair challenge on Craig Thomson by Ryan Flynn results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
      • 7:54 Marc Twaddle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Suso Santana. Craig Thomson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Robert Olejnik.
      • 5:44 Corner taken by Craig Thomson from the right by-line.
      • 4:28 The assistant referee flags for offside against David Obua. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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      24 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

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      Scottish Premier table snapshot

      As it stood on 24 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
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      2 Celtic 8 8 17
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      6 St Mirren 9 0 12
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      10 St Johnstone 9 -7 6
      11 Hamilton 8 -10 5
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