Late Hamill delays Hearts drop

Jamie Hamill's late penalty gave 10-man Hearts another stay of execution from Scottish Premiership relegation as they drew 1-1 with Aberdeen at Tynecastle.

Last Updated: 03/04/14 at 20:09 Post Comment

Jamie Hamill: Some rare joy for troubled Hearts with a late penalty

Jamie Hamill: Some rare joy for troubled Hearts with a late penalty

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Willo Flood's second half free-kick - which came just after Danny Wilson had been sent off for a second bookable foul on Adam Rooney - looked set to send their hosts down.

But Hamill netted three minutes from time after Shaleum Logan had brought down Callum Paterson to edge Hearts into a double-figures points tally - 18 behind St Mirren with six games left.

Hearts had already survived relegation on Sunday and, although the Dons dominated the opening period on Wednesday night, there was again a determination and defiance about them in front of their faithful fans.

Hearts started brightly and might have threatened another early opener had Sam Nicholson's strike not hit team-mate Ryan Stevenson in the goalmouth following a corner.

But the home crowd were far more subdued than Sunday's dramatic win, perhaps affected by speculation over the club's chances of avoiding liquidation amid delays and uncertainty over the ratification of a rescue deal in Lithuania.

Aberdeen stepped up the pace with Niall McGinn and Peter Pawlett going close with long-range shots.

Hearts had a bizarre boost when handed a temporary numerical advantage when Barry Robson took an unscheduled toilet break on the hour mark, pointing to his stomach as he sprinted past bemused manager Derek McInnes and down the tunnel.

The hosts came close midway through the half when Paterson let fly from 25 yards, Langfield diving to his left to push the ball wide.

Robson was taken off in the 70th minute for Cammy Smith and Wilson was sent off three minutes later after pulling back Rooney.

Flood drove the free-kick from 25 yards but it looked like MacDonald had it covered. However, he did not get enough on his attempts to stop the ball and flew into the corner of the net.

The Hearts fans rallied in defiance but Stevenson missed a great chance to level with seven minutes left when he shot well wide following a short pass-back by Mark Reynolds.

However, Paterson beat Logan to a bouncing ball in the box and Hamill sent Langfield the wrong way from the resulting penalty before his celebration drew an angry reaction from Jack.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 13 September 2014
15:00
Dundee Utd 2-2 Hamilton  
Kilmarnock 2-1 St Mirren  
Partick 3-1 Inverness  
Ross Co 1-2 Motherwell  
St J'stone 0-1 Dundee  
12:45
Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen  
Sunday, 31 August 2014
12:30
Dundee 1-1 Celtic Report
Saturday, 30 August 2014
15:00
Hamilton 4-0 Ross Co Report
Inverness 2-0 Kilmarnock Report
Motherwell 0-1 St J'stone Report

Scottish Premiership

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Hamilton 6 6 13
2 Inverness 6 5 13
3 Dundee Utd 6 3 13
4 Celtic 5 8 10
5 Dundee 6 2 10
6 Kilmarnock 6 0 10
7 St J'stone 6 -2 9
8 Partick 5 3 7
9 Aberdeen 5 -1 6
10 Motherwell 6 -4 6
11 St Mirren 5 -8 0
12 Ross Co 6 -12 0

Updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014

Footer 365

Europa League: Everton boss Roberto Martinez delighted with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Roberto Martinez was delighted with Everton's display as they brushed aside Wolfsburg to win 4-1 in the Europa League.

Europa League: Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino hits out at Partizan banner

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino was angered by the "unacceptable" anti-Semitic banner displayed by Partizan fans.

Europa League: Everton open Group H campaign with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Everton opened their Europa League Group H campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park.

Mail Box

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property