MX23RW : Wednesday, October 30 00:11:11| >> :600:288536:288536:
Oct 26, 2019 at 3pm UK at ​Tony Macaroni Arena (Livingston)

Souda (49')

Result: Hearts held to draw by 10-man Livingston

Result: Hearts held to draw by 10-man Livingston
© Reuters
Livi had a man sent off.

Hearts failed to win for a fourth league game in a row as 10-man Livingston held on for a goalless draw despite having Aymen Souda sent off early in the second half.

Chances for both sides were thin on the ground. Hearts' Uche Ikpeazu fired straight at the goalkeeper while Jack McMillan saw a goalbound effort for Livingston cleared by Michael Smith.

The home side made two changes from the side that lost to Kilmarnock. Captain Alan Lithgow and Souda returned to the line-up with Lyndon Dykes and Ricki Lamie dropping out.

Hearts, in turn, made three changes from their draw with Rangers. In came Steven MacLean, Jamie Brandon and Andrew Irving for Jake Mulraney, Glenn Whelan and Aidy White.

It was a very cagey contest with neither side able to fashion many chances. Ikpeazu had a low drive for Hearts comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Matija Sarkic before Ryo Meshino tried his luck from just outside the box but saw his shot arrow wide of the far post.

The first real chance, however, fell to Livingston. Nicky Devlin picked out Scott Robinson with a neat cut-back but the striker's side-footed effort lacked the pace to trouble Joel Pereira who blocked easily.

The goalkeeper was tested again minutes later by Souda's shot but was able to push it around his post for a corner.

Hearts should have gone in front after 31 minutes. Sean Clare sent Ikpeazu through one-on-one with the goalkeeper but the striker could not place his shot past Sarkic. The visitors then claimed for a penalty after a tussle between Ikpeazu and Lithgow but referee Greg Aitken was not interested.

In a combative encounter that struggled to get going, Hearts had one final first half chance from a dead ball but Meshino's free kick sailed high into the stand behind the goal.

Livingston were reduced to 10 men just three minutes into the second half. A high ball into the box was spilled by Pereira and Robinson knocked it on for Souda who attempted an acrobatic overhead kick. In doing so, though, he appeared to catch Christophe Berra and the referee rushed over to flash a red card for dangerous play.

Despite that setback, Livingston were next to threaten. The ball was worked wide to McMillan whose low shot appeared to be creeping in to the far corner only for Smith to clear.

Hearts pushed for a late winner but Livingston held strong to earn a point.

body check tags ::
Share this article now:
Instagram - Follow Sports Mole
General view of Almondvale Stadium, home to Livingston, from 2005
Read Next:
Livingston's Keaghan Jacobs ignoring Hearts' league position

La Liga
Serie A
National League
Scottish Championship
Scottish League Two
Coupe de la Ligue
Belgian Pro League
EFL Trophy
Serie B
Scottish Challenge Cup
Argentine Primera Division
Liga MX
2Manchester CityMan City107123292322
3Leicester CityLeicester106222581720
6Crystal Palace104331012-215
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd103431310313
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1034398113
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham103431214-213
11Tottenham HotspurSpurs103341615112
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves102621313012
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton103341214-212
15Aston Villa103251516-111
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle10235615-99
19Norwich CityNorwich102171124-137

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!