Heart of Midlothian 2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3
A win for ICT which might be crucial come the end of the season, played out against tough opposition but a double from Gary Warren and one from Billy Mckay saw Inverness get their first win at Tynecastle since 2007, the score that day coincidentally 3-2 as well.
One change from the defeat at Motherwell saw Danny Devine come in for Josh Meekings who had strained his back earlier in the week putting on a sweatshirt. With the threat of lessons in dressing from Maurice Malpas, we'll be hoping to avoid any future garment related disasters!!!
Michael Ngoo was always going to be the main threat for Hearts going forward, but Warren set out his stall early on by standing strong against the striker. A coming together in the opening 30 seconds didn't please Ngoo and he was promptly shown a yellow for pushing Warren in the chest, easily one of the quickest bookings of the season so far.
The home side had the first shot on goal early on with defender Andy Webster finding space at the back post to volley over from close range.
The Caley Jags had been working on set pieces throughout the week, but despite Aaron Doran missing these sessions he'd clearly still read the script. 15 minutes on the clock and ICT got the opener. Aaron Doran winning a foul on the right edge of the 18 yard box and then delivering the ball which found the head of Warren who'd got a run on his man and Jamie Macdonald in the Hearts goal was left with no chance.
Another opportunity arose from a set piece soon after. Owain Tudur Jones stood over the ball and from all of 30 yards the Welshman went for sheer power through a poorly placed wall leaving MacDonald as nothing more than a spectator who was lucky to see the ball inch narrowly wide of the left post.
Just before the break what looked like a well timed run from Mckay was adjudged to be offside as the striker ran through to double ICT's lead. A close call and one that could have put the game to bed before half time.
HT: Hearts 0 ICT 1
Into the second half and the Jambos really should have levelled early on. A cross in from the left alluded everyone, including an unmarked Darren Barr who failed to make contact despite it being laid out for him on a plate.
The leveller did come after 55 minutes, Jason Holt receiving the ball on the edge of the penalty area and then cutting to his right before letting fly from just inside the box, giving Ryan Esson no chance.
Parity didn't last long though, a long free kick into the box by David Raven was headed across goal by Ross Draper leaving the Hearts defence toiling and unable to do anything to prevent Billy Mckay running on to it to nod it home and putting the Caley Jags back in front.
A debatable corner was to be the catalyst for Hearts next goal, Warren was deemed to have conceded a corner after pressure from John Sutton. The initial ball in was cleared off the line by Nick Ross before Webster collected it on the edge of the area and his volley took a wild deflection off the shoulder of Danny Devine and past the helpless Esson.
Esson then produced a moment of brilliance to tip over Jamie Walker's strike which looked for all the world like it was going in and required a strong hand to tip it over to keep the score at 2-2
The winner came with just over 10 minutes remaining and, again, Warren was on the end of it. Another corner in and once again Warren got a run on his man, winning space to get a powerful header on the ball to direct it into the corner.
Going into injury time and despite being on the back foot Inverness had a great chance to add a fourth, Shane Sutherland coming off the bench blocked a long ball forward and raced clear on goal...having worked hard from the moment he stepped on the park and providing an out ball that prevented Hearts from having more possession than they might otherwise have had, then a goal would have been just reward, but it wasn't to be as the shot was sent over the bar.
FT: Hearts 2 ICT 3
A vital win for the team who've had a short spell where just reward has not been forthcoming in return for their efforts. There's been talk of a "slump" and if that's the case then can we have a slump that see's us come out the other side in second place every season please?
Six games until the split with Dundee United first up on Wednesday evening...click here for details on ticket offers for season ticket holders...it's then on to the next episode in the Highland derby.
Bring it on....Together We Believe - Together We Achieve
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|23rd Feb 2013||Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh|
|Clydesdale Bank Premier League|
||2 - Holt 55 : Webster 74|
|TEAM: MacDonald, Wilson, Barr, Webster, Walker (Smith 87), McHattie, Mullen (Sutton 64), Holt, Tapping, Novikovas (B King 73), Ngoo|
|SUBS: Ridgers, Taouil, Prychynenko, McGowan|
|Booked: Ngoo, Barr|
|Sent Off: None|
||3 - Warren 15, 77 : Mckay 61|
|TEAM: Esson, Raven, Shinnie, Warren, Devine, Tudur-Jones, Draper, Shinnie, Ross, McKay (Sutherland 79), Doran (Taylor 90)|
|SUBS: Reguero, Laing, Polworth, Pepper, Gibbons|
|Booked: Shinnie, Devine, Tudur Jones|
|Sent Off: None|