Hearts remain unbeaten in the cinch Scottish Premiership but could only draw 1-1 with Dundee at Tynecastle Park.
John Souttar opened the scoring in the first half but a late equaliser from ex Hibee Jason Cummings ensured James McPake’s side go back up north with a point.
Dundee remain second bottom but are now 4 points clear of Ross County at the foot of the table.
The Jam Tarts started the game bossing plenty of possession with Michael Smith and Barrie McKay finding lots of space to bomb forward down the right-hand side but didn’t really make the space count.
They almost had a breakthrough after 10 minutes however the Dee defence managed to clear their lines. Then Ben Woodburn found a yard of space after some neat build-up play but his shot went narrowly wide.
Dundee defended resolutely as the home side continued to pile on the pressure.
Luke McCowan tested Craig Gordon with a low drive after 23 minutes then it took a last gasp block to deny Woodburn a gilt-edged chance before the crossbar was hit in a real attacking flury from the hosts.
Lee Ashcroft probably had the best chance of the half for the Dees but he scooped the ball over the bar after a lovely free-kick delivery from Charlie Adam.
Hearts took the lead minutes later thanks to Souttar’s ping into the top corner from distance with halftime approaching.
Robbie Neilson, who was serving a touchline ban, made a change at the break with Gary Mackay- Steven replacing Woodburn, who had picked up a booking in the first half.
Ashcroft headed wide from an Adam corner before Souttar headed over at the other end.
Danny Mullen replaced McCowan early into the second half for Dundee, then Liam Boyce couldn’t shrug off an injury so Armand Gnanuillet was called into action.
Mackay-Steven hit the post just as the Tynecastle faithful thought the net was about to bulge. Griffiths then tried an acrobatic effort to get his side back on level terms but it sailed by the post.
The match got quite scrappy but Dundee had their first real clear cut effort of the half on target after 79 minutes through substitute Cillian Sheridan who took the ball down on the half volley and forced Gordon to parry the ball to safety.
Cummings equalised with 7 minutes to play, pouncing quickest in the box from a long throw from Cammy Kerr.
The fourth official added on 7 minutes with the game still all square, but no one could force a winning goal.
Here are three things we learned from the late draw between Hearts and Dundee at Tynecastle:
Hearts blow chance to pull away from Rangers
The Jam Tarts boasted lots of possession but didn’t test Adam Legzidins anywhere near enough as they should’ve. With only 1 goal in the game going into the last 10 minutes, there’s always that chance of a sucker punch, no matter how on top you are.
That was exactly what happened with Cummings knocking one past a helpless Gordon.
Hearts remain top on goal difference but Rangers can leapfrog them with a point or more against St Mirren on Sunday.
Cummings loves a goal against Hearts
Leigh Griffiths scored his first goal for the Dees in victory over Aberdeen last weekend but didn’t make the desired impact. However, Cummings and Sheridan who were second-half substitutes certainly did make an impact, Sheridan won every header while Cummings got the last laugh after being booed by large sections of the Hearts faithful by scoring the equalising goal.
Successful week for Dundee
After picking up their first win of the season last week against Aberdeen, James McPake will be delighted to have built on that with a point at Tynecastle, a ground where teams traditionally struggle. The Dee boss will be hoping that this can be the run of results that can kick start their season as they certainly have the talents in their ranks to steer clear of a relegation fight.
Hearts: Gordon, Smith, Souttar, Halkett, Kingsley, Woodburn, Baningame, Devlin, McKay, Boyce, Cochrane.
Substitutes: Stewart, Haring, Mackay-Steven, Moore, Halliday, Gnanduillet, Ginnelly.
Dundee: Legzdins, Kerr, Sweeney, Ashcroft, Marshall, Anderson, McGhee, Adam, McMullan, Griffiths, McCowan.
Substitutes: Lawler, Fontaine, Mullen, McGowan, Elliott, Sheridan, Cummings.
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