Match Reports

Hearts 2-2 Ross County

23rd November 2013

Honours even at Tynecastle as Jambos come from behind twice to draw with Ross County.

Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Ross County
(Paterson 28' Wilson 87' - Carey 22' De Leeuw 49')
From Hearts Media at Tynecastle.

Hearts were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Ross County in a pulsating Scottish Premiership match on Saturday.

The Staggies twice took the lead through Graham Carey and Melvin De Leeuw, but a wonderful Callum Paterson strike and a late Danny Wilson header ensured that honours remained even come full time.

Hearts made only one change from the side that beat Aberdeen at Pittodrie two weeks ago as Callum Tapping came in for the injured Jason Holt, and the tenacious midfielder didn't enjoy the best of starts as his 22nd minute backpass was intercepted by Carey, who ran in on goal and coolly slotted beyond Jamie MacDonald.

Heads didn't go down however and four minutes later Hearts got back on level terms. Scott Robinson's corner eventually found Paterson, and he spun and expertly hit a half volley low across goal and into the corner of the net.

The visitors got their noses in front again only four minutes into the restart after some sloppy home defending. Melvin De Leeuw fired a shot from the edge of the box after the Jambos couldn't clear, and his effort nestled into the back of the net.

County were reduced to ten men in the 63rd minute when Richard Brittain received his second yellow card.

A galvanised Hearts side then bombarded the away goal, and finally made the breakthrough with three minutes remaining. Following a goalmouth stramash, Wilson powered a header over the line, though confusion surrounded who got the final touch, with some claiming Ryan Stevenson while others pointed to an away shirt. Referee Crawford Allan awarded the goal to Wilson in his match report, so the Hearts captain had the honour of making sure a point stayed in Gorgie.

Hearts: MacDonald; McGhee, McGowan, Wilson, McHattie; Robinson (B. King, 79'), Hamill, Tapping (Smith, 56'), Walker; Paterson, Stevenson. Subs not used: Ridgers, McKay, A. King, Carrick, Oliver.

Ross County: Brown, Kettlewell, Boyd, Micic, Brittain, Quinn, De Leeuw (Maatsen, 77'), Glen (Klok, 69'), Luckassen, McLean, Carey. Subs not used: Fraser, Kovacevic, Mustafi, Cooper, Ross.

Referee: Crawford Allan

Top man: Callum Paterson