Motherwell 1 Heart Of Midlothian 1

Last updated : 07 April 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Motherwell and Hearts fought out a draw for the third time this season but the visitors will look back on the first half and wonder how the game wasn't beyond the home side by then.

As early as the fourth minute Paul Hartley found himself one-on-one with Gordon Marshall but the keeper blocked well for a corner.

From the resulting kick Mark De Vries headed wide when unmarked.

Dennis Wyness and Patrick Kisnorbo were next to test Marshall with efforts from long range while De Vries was causing havoc up front as Motherwell struggled to cope with his aerial threat.

Midway through the half the referee pulled up with an injury and was replaced by the fourth official.

Hearts took the lead in the 27th minute when a cross from the right spun up into the air, Marshall was drawn from his line but missed the ball completely which allowed Wyness to hook the ball into the unguarded net.

Two minutes later the Jambos almost extended their lead when Christophe Berra's deflected header was tipped over by Marshall.

Hearts went into the half-time break well on top and in truth should have had the game beyond Motherwell.

The start of the second half saw neither side on top but eight minutes in Marshall pulled off a fine double save from Kisnorbo and Hartley.

Hearts were stunned in the 61st minute when Motherwell managed to find an equaliser.

Steven Hammell took a throw on the left which found Steven Craig who hooked the ball into the box where David Clarkson rushed into head the ball past Craig Gordon.

The remainder of the half saw both sides striving to find a winner.

Hearts started to rely too heavily on the long ball to De Vries who was well controlled by Stephan Craigan and Martyn Corrigan.

Motherwell will be more delighted with the point than Hearts as it keeps them on course for a top-six place.