Well and Jambos share spoils

Motherwell again failed to find the net at Fir Park as they were
held by Hearts in a disappointing 0-0 contest.

Hearts had a penalty claim rejected when Darren Randolph caught
Callum Paterson with his knee as he collected a high ball but
referee Crawford Allan ignored the appeals.

The game started well enough with Randolph diving well to push
away Ryan Stevenson’s powerful free-kick.

The controversy came in the 13th minute when Randolph and
Paterson chased a high ball from opposite directions. The home
player was favourite to get to the ball and did so but sparked an
angry reaction from several visiting players after colliding with
the Hearts striker.

On initial viewing, the Republic of Ireland international’s
trailing boot appeared to have come down on to Paterson’s face but
television replays showed the movement was entirely natural after
Randolph caught the striker with his knee as he leapt for the
ball.

Allan was ideally placed and re-started the game following
treatment by dropping the ball to Randolph after deciding there was
no intent or dangerous play.

Motherwell had stepped up a gear after the break but their
crossing was consistently letting down their build-up play.

Randolph then saved from Jamie Walker but Hearts were becoming
more reliant on the counter-attack.

Motherwell hit the bar midway through the half, but only as a
result of another wayward cross as Humphrey’s centre bounced on top
of the goal frame.

Humphrey threatened again with 10 minutes left in more
impressive fashion, beating Ryan McGowan on the edge of the box and
firing a powerful effort that MacDonald blocked.

Henrik Ojamaa set up Higdon from the resulting corner but the
striker could not get hold of his shot, and soon diverted the ball
just wide of the near post after a cross from the Estonian,
although he was challenged well by Marius Zaliukas.

Hearts almost snatched victory in the final seconds when Ryan
McGowan headed just wide from a corner.