Inverness and Hearts ground out an uninspiring no score draw on a bitterly cold Spring evening in the Highlands where a swirling wind made conditions more suitable for flying a kite.
This was one of the poorest games of a dreadful void of entertainment season and the 0-0 scoreline sums up the fare on display.
Neither side could make much headway in a game littered with errors and poor passing although Hearts looked the more fluent as we stuttered our way about the park seemingly intent on stifling the Jambo's, but offering little in terms of goalmouth action. It was near half time before we tried our luck as long range efforts from Josh Meekings and Liam Polworth just cleared the bar in a forty-five that was sadly lacking any initiative and ambition.
Half Time 0-0
The second period continued in the same manner with Hearts looking the more controlled and the Caley Jags feeding off scraps.
Owain Fon Williams made an excellent block after substitute Abiola Dauda burst forward but the keeper kept out his effort as he made his way into the box and tried to clip the ball home.
Inverness failed to make any headway at all and the lack of attempts on goal by both sides summed up the evening.
Full Time 0-0
This result means that Hearts have qualified for Europe and Inverness remain ninth, but one point further away from the play off position.
It's into the split now and we start with a home game against fellow strugglers Kilmarnock on 24th April (12:30 KO). A win in that one should be enough to all but banish the relegation play-offs from our heads, defeat would fuel the speculation that all is not well.
Date: 12/04/16 Venue: Caledonian Stadium Attendance: 3202 Referee: Don Robertson