The pressure continued to mount on the shoulders of Craig Levein, as his Hearts side surrendered a lead twice at home to Hamilton, extending The Jambos winless league run to 11 games.
The hosts went in one-nil up at the interval after Sean Clare slotted home, but Accies showed their usual never say die attitude and deservedly left with a hard earned point courtesy of a George Oakley double.
The fans were turning against their manager towards the end of the game with chants of ” Craig Levein, we want you to go” ringing around Tynecastle.
It was a slow start in Gorgie, but the game burst into life after 15 minutes when the hosts had a goal ruled out for offside. Conor Washington’s header across goal was slammed home by Jake Mulraney at the back-post, however the linesman’s flag was already up.
The home side were beginning to get very comfortable in the game as the home fans were urging their side on every time they went forward.
Hearts took the lead on the 20th minute through Sean Clare as Craig Halkett picked the ball up in his own half, before going on a surging run and eventually slipping it through to Clare and he made no mistake as he slotted it home to score his first goal of the season.
Accies nearly responded straight away as a fantastic run by Lewis Smith saw him skip by Aidy White, before cutting onto his left foot and having a shot at goal which hit Colin Doyle’s shoulder and went over. Doyle knew absolutely nothing it and can count himself lucky.
On the 31st minute there was a loud cheer as Ryo Meshino was handed a debut after signing on-loan from Manchester City. He replaced the injured, Euan Henderson.
Most of Hearts dangerous attacks were coming through pacey winger Jake Mulraney, and it was no surprise to see him involved in the next chance of the game. Some slick footwork saw him beat Brian Easton with ease to the by-line before his low cross was nearly put into his own net by Markus Fjortoft.
Half Time- Hearts 1-0 Hamilton
Hamilton got themselves level five minutes into the second-half as a defensive mix-up between Aidy White and Christophe Berra allowed George Oakley to nip in and tap it under Doyle to get Accies level.
Hearts responded well, but they simply had to as the boo’s and groans from the stands were becoming more louder and frequent as the match went on.
Conor Washington nearly scored his first Tynecastle goal as his half-volley at the back-post flashed over the bar, before Mulraney glanced a header wide from close-range.
Berra, who was partly at fault for gifting Accies an equaliser, redeemed himself as he rose highest to power home a header past Fon-Williams to put the Jambos back in-front.
Accies should have equalised instantly, as Blair Alston’s effort from 20 yards out was only parried by Doyle and the rebound fell for Marios Ogkmpoe, who’s effort came crashing back off the crossbar from six-yards out.
However Oakley scored again to pull his side level with 15 minutes remaining. A fantastic crossfield pass by Sam Stubbs found Aaron McGowan on the far-side and he outjumped his man before running into the box and cutting it back for Oakley, who placed his effort into the far corner.
The home side threw bodies forward and even brought on Steven Naismith, but couldn’t get by a solid Accies defence who thoroughly deserved a point.
Full Time- Hearts 2-2 Hamilton
I was absolutely buzzing with the point yesterday as any point away from home is always an important one, especially at Tynecastle, which is far from a happy hunting ground for us. I know Hearts have been woeful this season but they should still be beating us in all honesty.
We could have won the game actually, we created some fantastic opportunity’s. Big Oggy had two glorious chances after they went 2-1 up. However, if you had offered me a point at a ground we always struggle at I would have bitten you hand off for it.
The only disappointing thing about the afternoon was about the manner of goals we conceded. The first one I was absolutely livid about. You simply cant let Craig Halkett run the length of the park without putting a challenge in. Even just foul him if you have to. For the second goal, I see we opted to use zonal marking, which is something I’m not a fan of. It looked as if Markus and Sam have both either got mixed up or something and have got in each others road while trying to mark Christophe Berra, and he has beat them both in the air and headed home.
Its a good feeling going into the international break on a high.
Bring on Celtic 🇦🇹
Doyle, Hickey, Halkett, Berra, White(66), Whelan, Irving(81), Mulraney, Clare, Henderson(31), Washington
Subs- Zlamal, Damour, Brandon(66), Dikamona, Meshino(31), Naismith(81), Ikpeazu
Fon-Williams, McGowan(79), Fjortoft, Stubbs, Eaton, Alston, Collar(82), Gogic, Smith, Oakley(75), Ogkmpoe
Subs- Southwood, Want, Hughes(82), Cunningham, Mackinnon(79), Mimnaugh, Moyo(75)
Referee- Greg Aitken
Assistants- Graeme Leslie & Paul O’Neill
Fourth Official- Gavin Ross
Goals- Clare(20), Berra(58), Oakley(55,73)
Yellow Cards- Berra(26), Mackinnon(80), Collar(80)
Red Cards- 0