Hearts were held to a 0-0 draw by Greenock Morton in tonight’s Scottish Championship clash at Cappielow.
The freshly minted league winners named an unchanged side to the team that blew away Alloa Athletic.
The home side went into the match in 9th place, looking to avoid the relegation play-offs and it was they who had the better of the opening spell, almost taking the lead inside the opening minute.
Sean McGinty fired a long ball up the park, it was headed on by Lewis Strapp and Calvin Orsi nipped in to smash the ball goalwards but it bounced back off the post.
The Jambos didn’t have many chances to speak of in the rest of an uneventful first period but came out in the second half sharply.
Andy Halliday sped into the area on the left flank and cut the ball back for Euan Henderson, whose shot was blocked and the follow up from Armand Gnanduillet was well saved by Aidan McAdams.
At the other end, Aidan Nesbitt made space well on the right flank and his cross for Kyle Jacobs was hit with pace but the midfielder headed over.
Robbie Neilson then introduced Steven Naismith and Gary Mackay-Steven off the bench to bring some more urgency to the play and the winger immediately won a corner that Peter Haring met with a header that was cleared off the line.
The game became scrappy and end to end in the final stages and Gnanduillet thought he’d found space late on when it fell to him in the area but his shot was deflected over in stoppage time as time ran out.
Greenock Morton: McAdams, Ledger, Fjortoft, McLean, McGinty, Jacobs (Oliver, 82'), McGinn, Nesbitt, Orsi (Easdale, 88') Strapp, Lyon (Colville, 82'). Subs: Muirhead, McGuffie, Hynes, McGrattan.
Hearts: Gordon, Smith, Souttar, Haring, Gnanduillet, Boyce, Logan (Mackay-Steven, 62'), Halliday, McEneff (McGill, 78'), Halkett, Henderson (Naismith, 62'). Subs: Stewart, Irving, Frear, Popescu.
Referee: John Beaton