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Hearts   0 - 0   Hibernian

By Colin Moffat

Kevin McBride and Andrew Driver battle for possession
The Edinburgh derby provided very few thrills at Tynecastle

Hearts and Hibernian played out a hugely disappointing stalemate in the first Edinburgh derby of the season.

The home side applied most of the pressure but could not profit from a host of corners and long throw-ins.

Hibs had the best chance of the game when Janos Balogh tipped a strike from David Wotherspoon, that was redirected by Colin Nish, on to the post.

Balogh was also called upon to keep out two strikes from Derek Riordan, who looked lively as a substitute.

Hibs stay in second place in the Scottish Premier League but will be overtaken by Rangers if the Ibrox side win at home to St Mirren.

It was another frustrating outing for Hearts, who remain in the lower reaches of the table, and their shortcomings in attack were painfully evident.

With Sol Bamba missing, Hibs lacked height in central defence and Hearts set about exploiting that early on with a couple of huge throw-ins from Jose Goncalves.

And there was a scare for the visitors when Christian Nade's header was deflected narrowly wide.

Following a typically frantic opening, the game slowed to a mere frenzy, with the home side posing the more potent threat.

On 19 minutes Hearts skipper Michael Stewart fired an awkward first-time shot wide from the edge of the penalty area after a neat one-two with Arvydas Novikovas.

Another high ball caused problems for the visiting defence and when Ian Black connected with the loose ball 18 yards out his fierce drive was deflected over the crossbar by a green shirt.

With the cumbersome Nish finding it hard to hold the ball up and Abdesselam Benjelloun lying very deep, Hibs offered little in the final third.

Anthony Stokes did manage to connect with a knockdown from lone striker Nish on 37 minutes but, at full-stretch, could not get any purchase on the shot and Balogh gathered easily.

The first half ended as it had started, with Goncalves shelling in another enormous throw but Hibs held firm.

The second period opened with Andrew Driver making an enterprising burst from the halfway line deep into Hibs territory but the winger's shot was weak and failed to test Graham Stack.

Nish and Chris Hogg were wasteful with headers inside the Hearts penalty box, while Black flicked an effort just wide with the back of his head and warmed the hands of Stack with a drive from 20 yards.

Hibs fans were on their feet on 65 minutes when full-back Wotherspoon let fly from distance and Nish re-directed the shot with his head only to see Balogh get fingertips to the ball and push it on to the post.

Hibs were claiming a penalty when a Kevin McBride shot hit Stewart on the elbow and Balogh had to get down smartly to beat away a raking strike from Riordan, who did not start due to picking up a minor injury walking his dog.

Riordan tested Balogh again with a sweetly-struck shot on the angle, while Hearts replacement Gary Glen forced the ball wide from close range, with the final touch coming off his shoulder.

Stack spilled a long range dig from Glen in the final minute but recovered in time, with some assistance from Hogg, to form enough of a barrier to foil the onrushing Jamie Mole.


Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo:
"At the moment I am a little unsatisfied with the results - not with today's game.

"We passed and created - everything was there - and we had about 12 corners today, and I think Hibs only had one chance from a deflection.

"If you have a clean sheet this is not enough. You need someone up front with the killer instinct and this is not there at the moment."

Hibernian manager John Hughes:
"I don't think it was a great game but to come away from home and pick up a point when we're not at our best - we'll take that.

"Hearts were the better side in the first half without creating many chances.

"We didn't get going until the last 20 minutes, so that's frustrating.

"We never did enough to win the game, and I felt we had one or two players off the boil.

"But we kept a clean sheet so the players have to take credit for that."

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Saturday, 7 November 2009

Scottish Premier

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

      Hearts

      • 01 Balogh
      • 03 Wallace
      • 05 Jose Goncalves
      • 20 Thomson
      • 21 Ismael Bouzid
      • 06 Palazuelos
      • 08 Black (Obua 73)
      • 11 Driver yellow card
      • 23 Stewart
      • 14 Nade (Mole 80)
      • 18 Novikovas (Glen 67)

      Substitutes

      • 25 Kello,
      • 02 Kucharski,
      • 13 Obua,
      • 39 Mulrooney,
      • 46 Thomson,
      • 19 Mole,
      • 36 Glen

      Hibernian

      • 01 Stack
      • 04 Hogg
      • 06 Murray yellow card
      • 11 Rankin
      • 16 Stevenson
      • 17 McBride
      • 24 David Wotherspoon
      • 33 Miller
      • 09 Nish
      • 18 Stokes yellow card
      • 19 Benjelloun (Riordan 56)

      Substitutes

      • 50 Ma-Kalambay,
      • 15 Thicot,
      • 20 Hanlon,
      • 08 Cregg,
      • 22 Danny Galbraith,
      • 10 Riordan,
      • 29 Byrne
      Ref: ConroyAtt: 16,762
      HEARTS
      HIBERNIAN

      Possession

      • Hearts 52%
      • Hibernian 48%

      Attempts on target

      • Hearts 12
      • Hibernian 7

      Attempts off target

      • Hearts 9
      • Hibernian 3

      Corners

      • Hearts 12
      • Hibernian 2

      Fouls

      • Hearts 10
      • Hibernian 16
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:02 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
      • 90:00+1:45 Shot comes in from Derek Riordan from the free kick.
      • 90:00+1:45 Booking Andrew Driver goes into the referee's book.
      • 90:00+1:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by Ruben Palazuelos.
      • 90:00+1:35 John Rankin crosses the ball, Ismael Bouzid manages to make a clearance.
      • 90:00+1:24 The ball is delivered by David Wotherspoon, Jason Thomson manages to make a clearance.
      • 90:00+0:36 Gary Glen takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
      • 87:22 Gary Glen takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
      • 86:04 Corner taken left-footed by Andrew Driver from the right by-line, Chris Hogg makes a clearance.
      • 84:42 Unfair challenge on Jason Thomson by Derek Riordan results in a free kick. Ismael Bouzid takes the direct free kick.
      • 83:27 Jamie Mole is ruled offside. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.
      • 82:18 Andrew Driver takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Chris Hogg.
      • 81:40 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andrew Driver, Chris Hogg manages to make a clearance.
      • 81:40 Booking Ian Murray goes into the referee's book.
      • 81:37 Jamie Mole fouled by Ian Murray, the ref awards a free kick.
      • 79:13 Substitution Jamie Mole comes on in place of Christian Nade.
      • 77:58 The ball is swung over by Jason Thomson.
      • 77:32 Lee Wallace fouled by Liam Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Goncalves.
      • 77:19 Derek Riordan takes a shot. Janos Balogh makes a save.
      • 76:27 Liam Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Obua. Jason Thomson takes the free kick.
      • 72:15 Substitution David Obua comes on in place of Ian Black.
      • 72:15 Michael Stewart takes a shot.
      • 71:35 Lee Wallace produces a cross, clearance by Ian Murray.
      • 71:02 Jason Thomson sends in a cross, clearance by Chris Hogg.
      • 70:13 Effort on goal by John Rankin from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 69:24 Ian Murray takes a shot. Blocked by Ismael Bouzid. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan played to the near post, Ian Black manages to make a clearance.
      • 68:49 Derek Riordan takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh. Corner taken by Derek Riordan from the left by-line to the near post.
      • 67:59 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrew Driver from the right by-line, save by Graham Stack.
      • 66:52 Substitution Gary Glen replaces Arvydas Novikovas.
      • 64:09 David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Janos Balogh makes a save.
      • 62:54 Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Jose Goncalves gets a block in.
      • 61:08 Ian Black takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
      • 60:52 Andrew Driver delivers the ball, Lewis Stevenson manages to make a clearance.
      • 60:08 Header by Christian Nade from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
      • 59:26 Ian Black takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, John Rankin manages to make a clearance.
      • 58:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Stevenson on Michael Stewart. Jason Thomson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, David Wotherspoon manages to make a clearance.
      • 57:14 The referee gives a free kick against Anthony Stokes for handball. Arvydas Novikovas produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Corner from the left by-line taken by Ian Black, save by Graham Stack.
      • 55:56 Substitution Derek Riordan is brought on as a substitute for Abdessalam Benjelloun.
      • 55:05 Liam Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Nade. Michael Stewart takes the free kick. Ruben Palazuelos takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
      • 54:43 Ian Black takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
      • 54:16 The assistant referee flags for offside against Colin Nish. Direct free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
      • 53:34 The ball is swung over by Jose Goncalves, Ian Murray manages to make a clearance.
      • 52:45 Jason Thomson sends in a cross, Ian Black has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 52:21 John Rankin challenges Christian Nade unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Stewart takes the direct free kick.
      • 51:39 Handball decision goes against Abdessalam Benjelloun. Jose Goncalves restarts play with the free kick.
      • 49:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ruben Palazuelos on Abdessalam Benjelloun. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Stevenson.
      • 48:08 Colin Nish has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
      • 46:52 Lee Wallace delivers the ball, overhead kick left-footed shot by Arvydas Novikovas. Lewis Stevenson gets a block in.
      • 45:26 Andrew Driver takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
      • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:12 The ref blows to signal half-time.
      • 44:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Stewart by Liam Miller. Michael Stewart takes the free kick.
      • 42:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Driver by John Rankin. Christian Nade produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Arvydas Novikovas from the left by-line, clearance by Colin Nish.
      • 41:23 Ismael Bouzid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Colin Nish. The free kick is swung in left-footed by John Rankin, comfortable save by Janos Balogh.
      • 39:53 Arvydas Novikovas takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin McBride. Corner taken left-footed by Arvydas Novikovas to the near post, John Rankin manages to make a clearance. Ian Black produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
      • 38:53 Foul by Ian Murray on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Jason Thomson takes the direct free kick.
      • 38:07 Arvydas Novikovas challenges David Wotherspoon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Stack.
      • 36:47 The ball is delivered by Lewis Stevenson, Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save by Janos Balogh.
      • 36:20 Ruben Palazuelos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdessalam Benjelloun. Ian Murray takes the free kick.
      • 35:28 John Rankin sends in a cross, clearance by Jason Thomson.
      • 35:08 Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Lee Wallace gets a block in.
      • 32:56 Corner taken right-footed by Ian Black from the right by-line, Colin Nish makes a clearance.
      • 31:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Hogg on Christian Nade. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ian Black.
      • 29:19 Unfair challenge on John Rankin by Lee Wallace results in a free kick. Chris Hogg restarts play with the free kick.
      • 27:18 Corner taken right-footed by Ian Black from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Lewis Stevenson.
      • 25:56 Ian Black takes a shot. Chris Hogg gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Arvydas Novikovas from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Christian Nade misses to the right of the target.
      • 25:28 Lee Wallace takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Hogg.
      • 24:40 Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
      • 24:40 Booking The referee shows Anthony Stokes a yellow card.
      • 24:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Stewart by Anthony Stokes.
      • 23:23 Lee Wallace concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wotherspoon. Direct free kick taken by Graham Stack.
      • 20:56 Colin Nish challenges Jose Goncalves unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
      • 19:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Rankin by Lee Wallace. John Rankin crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Janos Balogh.
      • 18:39 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Michael Stewart misses to the left of the target.
      • 17:12 Kevin McBride challenges Michael Stewart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Janos Balogh takes the direct free kick.
      • 16:10 Michael Stewart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Colin Nish. Liam Miller restarts play with the free kick.
      • 12:29 Lee Wallace has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
      • 12:02 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Arvydas Novikovas, clearance made by Chris Hogg.
      • 11:19 Arvydas Novikovas takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a save.
      • 11:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Arvydas Novikovas by Lewis Stevenson. Michael Stewart takes the free kick.
      • 10:16 John Rankin fouled by Christian Nade, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Hogg takes the direct free kick.
      • 8:45 Foul by Abdessalam Benjelloun on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Jose Goncalves takes the direct free kick.
      • 8:31 Lewis Stevenson crosses the ball.
      • 3:54 The offside flag is raised against Colin Nish. Janos Balogh restarts play with the free kick.
      • 1:59 Arvydas Novikovas takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Colin Nish manages to make a clearance.
      • 0:52 The ball is delivered by Andrew Driver, blocked by David Wotherspoon.
      • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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      2 Rangers 10 10 22
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      6 Aberdeen 11 -1 14
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