Hearts 2 - 2 Ross County

Match info: Scottish Premier at Tynecastle Stadium

Date: 27/10/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: C Charleston Att: 12,139

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Hearts

Arvydas Novikovas 40
John Sutton 90+3

2
vs
2

Ross Co

Richard Brittain 55 (pen)
Stuart Kettlewell 77

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: October 27 2012, 18:31 BST

John Sutton is keen to help Hearts off the field as well as on it after scoring a last-gasp equaliser to claim a 2-2 draw with Ross County at Tynecastle.

John Sutton secures a point for Hearts
John Sutton secures a point for Hearts

Despite pressure from Hearts, the Staggies were heading towards a 2-1 win until substitute Sutton's intervention in the third minute of stoppage time.

It was a bright moment at the end of a challenging week for the Scottish Cup winners.

Hearts have been handed a 60-day transfer embargo for failing to pay wages on schedule and launched a share issue for 10% of the club designed to raise £1.79million, while simultaneously revealing a demand for £1.75m in unpaid tax, which will go to a tribunal next month.

Asked whether he plans to invest in the 16 million shares available at 11p per share, striker Sutton said: "I'm going to look into it, a lot of the players are.

"Everyone in the changing room cares about the club. We all want to help the club in any way we can.

"Footballers get portrayed as a bunch of mercenaries at times, but we've been talking between ourselves. Certainly that will be something we consider."

Sutton and manager John McGlynn bemoaned the failure to turn Hearts' dominance into all three points as Michael Fraser made a series of saves to deny the hosts.

County appeared set for a second win over Edinburgh clubs in the space of a week after coming from behind to take a lead into stoppage time.

Arvydas Novikovas netted the opener before a disputed Richard Brittain penalty and a 77th-minute strike from Stuart Kettlewell appeared set to grant County all three points.

"We've got to be grateful for the fact we didn't give up and managed to salvage a point," McGlynn said.

"It's still two points dropped from where I am. We were totally dominant in the first half and we should've been more goals in front from the amount of opportunities we had.

"Unfortunately it's the same old story. We're not killing teams off when we're on top.

"But to be fair when you're 2-1 down with not long ago, what you do want to do is go right to the end. We did that and I'm glad big Sutty (Sutton) got the goal.

"That's what John's got to do. He's given me food for thought for Wednesday night (at Dundee United in the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final)."

County boss Derek Adams was pleased with the point after a strong opening to his side's first campaign in the top flight.

"We're happy to come away with the point, but disappointed we haven't come away with three points because we were in that position," said Adams, whose side have now played all 11 teams.

"It was two (points) dropped at the end, because we were 2-1 up with the last kick of the ball.

"Overall maybe a point's fair. Hearts definitely played better than us in the first half, put us under a lot of pressure.

"I'd expect nothing else. We're in a different planet from Hearts. We come from a wee village up in Dingwall.

"It's not easy coming here, just coming up from the First Division. We've done exceptionally well in our first 11 games."

Adams had special praise for Fraser, adding: "He did very well, made a number of important saves."


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