LiveGreenock Morton 0 - 0 Hearts RECAP: A forgettable 90 minutes as Neilson's men create draw history
Hearts are in Greenock this evening as they play the first of three matches after being crowned Championship winners.
On Saturday, Robbie Neilson’s men with lift the second tier trophy – maybe – at home to Inverness CT in their penultimate home match but first they face Morton who are scrapping for every point to pull themselves out of the relegation play-off spot.
Hearts have drawn their last four away games – Queen of the South, Inverness CT, Arbroath and Dunfermline Athletic – and the manager will be keen to end the season on a high with three wins and gather momentum going into another lengthy summer with the season complete by the end of the April.
There has been plenty of off field action so far this week but tonight’s match will give fans some actual football and is live on BBC Scotland.
We will have all the latest throughout the evening, including analysis and reaction.
Greenock Morton v Hearts LIVE: Updates, reaction and analysis from Cappielow
Last updated: Tuesday, 20 April, 2021, 21:06
- Kick-off - 7.05pm
- Team news - 5.50pm
FT: Greenock Morton 0 - 0 Hearts
Thank goodness it is over. Analysis? Rubbish, turgid, boring. Probably one of the most forgettable games of football of all time.
It should be noted Hearts have now drawn five consecutive leagues games for the first time in the club’s history.
Still a struggle
Very little action of note despite a change in formation to a 4-4-2.
McEneff OFF, McGill ON
Logan, Henderson OFF, Naismith, GMS ON
Better from Hearts
Good play involving McEneff and Gnanduillet set up Halliday for a crossing opportunity. The ball rebounded to Gnanduillet but the striker’s shot was blocked.
Back underway... unfortunately
HT: Greenock Morton 0 - 0 Hearts
A difficult 45 minutes to watch. Firstly, Morton have been the better and more dangerous side, Easy to tell they are fighting for every point, worked really hard, pressed, harried and been well organised.
Hearts have lacked any sort of fluidity or intensity. The system has been an interesting one. At times it looks like a back four with Shay Logan playing higher up on the right and Michael Smith pushing across. Andy Halliday has been tasked with covering the entire left flank and has struggled.
Liam Boyce has been nonexistent and when that is the case Hearts struggle. The ball has been going to Armand Gnanduillet a lot but the Frenchman has been having an off night. Playing on the back foot, touch is off.
All in all, this game suggests football is a very difficult game.
Lack of Boyce involvement
Going by the first 32 minutes, football is a very, very hard game.
Big issue for Hearts is not getting the ball to Boyce enough. He is the team’s most creative and dangerous outlet but it is either going over his head or he’s being missed out.
A good cross in from a free-kick saw Gnanduillet clear the ball off McLean and it drops into Gordon’s hands on the line.
Nothing much to update to be honest after 25 minutes or so.
Morton have had the ball in the back of the net but the whistle blew for offside long before it was finished and Gordon had not even made an attempt.
‘Team good enough to finish top six'
Ex-Hearts midfielder Michael Stewart reckons the current Hearts squad would be good enough to finish top six but believes that is “not good enough” for the club.
While it is the same system as the one which saw Hearts beat Alloa 6-0, John Souttar is playing on the left of the back three with Smith on the right.
It is an interesting one. At times it resembles a back four with Halliday playing deep and Logan pushing up with Smith shuffling across.
Morton hit the post
Not even a minute on the clock and the route one option presents Orsi with a chance but his shot rattles the post.
We’re almost underway but first...
Greenock Morton are handing the champions a guard of honour.