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Jim Jefferies content with Hearts' draw at Pittodrie

Hearts manager Jim Jefferies (right) and his assistant Billy Brown
Jim Jefferies (right) felt a point apiece was a fair reflection on the game

Hearts manager Jim Jefferies believed the draw was a fair result after his side played out a goalless encounter with Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

The Edinburgh outfit spurned the chance to leapfrog Rangers and move into second place in the table.

"Aberdeen adapted better to the surface, were first to the ball and kept putting us under pressure," Jefferies told BBC Scotland.

"We were hoping it was going to fall for us. Aberdeen pressed us."

Jefferies felt his side performed far better in the second half at Pittodrie after a lacklustre display in the opening 45 minutes.

I think this game deserved to end 0-0

Hearts boss Jim Jefferies

And Hearts had goalkeeper Marian Kello to thank for keeping Aberdeen at bay with a series of superb saves.

"He had a couple of world-class saves; one from Sone Aluko that I don't know where he got from," Jefferies said.

"I've got three good goalkeepers and this club has a tradition of good keepers. Janos Balogh and Jamie McDonald are both very good, but I don't want to chop and change.

"You can see why Marian is first-choice and they accept that because he's a top keeper."

Hearts appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty late-on, when David Templeton tumbled under the close attentions of Rory McArdle.

"My first reaction was that it was a stonewall penalty," said Jefferies.

"I've seen it on tape and, from the referee's angle, I can see why he hasn't given it.

"But his trailing leg has caught him. I wouldn't blame the referee.

"It would've been harsh because I think this game deserved to end 0-0."

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see also
Aberdeen 0-0 Hearts
26 Feb 11 |  Scottish Premier
Scottish football as it happened
26 Feb 11 |  Scottish Premier

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