Daniel Stendel was left with more food for thought after Hearts’ 0-0 draw with Ross County.

Both sides tried to breach the others defence but nothing came off in the end. Coll Donaldson’s first half header was the closest any side got to breaking the deadlock.

Donaldson came close. (Photo by Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Hearts are a point closer to Hamilton but they remain four points off safety. It doesn’t get much easier for them as they take on Rangers at Tynecastle next.

Stendel says he was disappointed with some aspects of the Jambos performances in Dingwall but says his side must take the small positives.


“I expected a better performance from my team, especially in the first half,” said Stendel. “After the win over Airdrie on Saturday I thought we would have played with more confidence.

Mixed emotions. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Image

“But we had problems in the last third, we didn’t really crate chances. We changed it in the second half and it was better and we had some good chances. But we need to score the first goal, then it will be easier for us.

“Ross County had a good chance as well so the result was ok. I have said to the players we need to take the positives. We are unbeaten in 2020 and for three games in a row.

“But in our situation we know we need wins to change where we are in the table. It’s a long way, we are not going to change it in one or two games. It would have been better if we won, but we need to take the point and go on to Rangers.”

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