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.