Hearts 1-1 Dundee: Missed opportunity for hosts

By Craig Turnbull at Tynecastle

Hearts missed the opportunity to narrow the gap on Celtic after a 1-1 draw with Dundee.

Arnaud Djoum opened the scoring for the hosts powering a header past Scott Bain in goal from a Callum Paterson cross.

But Robbie Neilson’s men, who were minus their top goalscorer Juanma, failed to build on their lead and were pegged back.

Neilson said: “If you want to challenge for the title you need to win games like this simple as. We’re not ready to do that yet. It takes time.

Rory Loy grabbed a deserved equaliser for Dundee, cutting on to his right foot and lashing the ball beyond Neil Alexander to grab a share of the spoils.

“I’m disappointed. I thought we started really well, went a goal ahead and had numerous chances,” Neilson said.

“It then went a bit flat and nobody really had any control of the game in the second-half. So yeah I’m disappointed, we should be picking up three points.”

Dundee boss Paul Hartley said: I’m really pleased for the players it’s a tough place to come.

“I thought we were by far the better side in the second half and always looked a threat we could have possibly nicked it in the end.”

Scottish Premiership Round-Up

Celtic were held to a goalless draw at home to Kilmarnock despite having 20 attempts at goal.

St Johnstone produced a terrific comeback to beat Dundee United 2-1 in the Tayside derby.

Ross County emphatically beat Motherwell 3-0 in Dingwall.

Hamilton host Aberdeen on Sunday

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