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Corner taken by Rudolf Skacel from the left by-line.
Russell Duncan takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
Nick Ross goes off and Chris Innes comes on. Russell Duncan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Calum Elliot. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Templeton.
Shane Sutherland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Templeton. David Templeton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Grant Munro.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Rudolf Skacel, save by Ryan Esson.
Rudolf Skacel takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Russell Duncan.
Eggert Jonsson produces a cross.
Kevin Kyle produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Eric Odhiambo is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Hayes.
Stephen Elliott leaves the field to be replaced by Calum Elliot.
Shot by Russell Duncan from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Rudolf Skacel goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Black on Russell Duncan. Grant Munro takes the direct free kick.
(Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with Shane Sutherland coming on for Richie Foran.
Rudolf Skacel has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
David Templeton has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
Stuart Duff concedes a free kick for a foul on David Templeton. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Inswinging corner taken by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line, Richie Foran makes a clearance.
David Templeton decides to take a short corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson by Adam Rooney. Free kick taken by Ryan Stevenson.
Richie Foran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Black. Rudolf Skacel crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Russell Duncan makes a clearance.
Stephen Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Russell Duncan. Direct free kick taken by Grant Munro.
The referee blows for offside. Ryan Esson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Ross on Ian Black. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rudolf Skacel from left channel.
The ball is delivered by Eggert Jonsson.
Eggert Jonsson sends in a cross, Kevin Kyle takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
Centre by Ian Black.
Adam Rooney takes a shot. Comfortable save by Marian Kello.
Ryan Stevenson sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Ross on Rudolf Skacel. Rudolf Skacel restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Elliott.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Adam Rooney. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Eggert Jonsson challenges Russell Duncan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Russell Duncan crosses the ball in from the free kick, David Templeton makes a clearance.
Effort from inside the area by David Templeton misses to the right of the goal.
Richie Foran fouled by Eggert Jonsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Grant Munro.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Kyle on Jonathan Hayes. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Duff.
Effort on goal by Stephen Elliott from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Stephen Elliott is caught offside. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott by Richie Foran results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Rudolf Skacel.
Ruben Palazuelos crosses the ball.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel from the left by-line.
Foul by Adrian Mrowiec on Adam Rooney, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Grant Munro.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Elliott on Graeme Shinnie. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
David Templeton has an effort at goal from a long way out that bounces off the post.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rudolf Skacel, Grant Munro makes a clearance.
Rudolf Skacel takes a shot. Nick Ross gets a block in.
Richie Foran takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson by Stuart Duff. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ian Black.
Ryan Esson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Kevin Kyle scores a penalty. Hearts 1-1 Inverness CT.Ryan Esson concedes a Penalty for a foul on Stephen Elliott.
David Templeton receives a caution.
Nick Ross takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
David Templeton sends in a cross.
The offside flag is raised against Richie Foran. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Ismael Bouzid leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Stevenson.
Eggert Jonsson fouled by Adam Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Ismael Bouzid restarts play with the free kick.
Grant Munro finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Hearts 0-1 Inverness CT.Foul by Ian Black on Richie Foran, free kick awarded. The assist for the goal came from Russell Duncan.
Corner taken right-footed by Russell Duncan to the near post, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
Ian Black produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Stuart Duff goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. David Templeton fouled by Stuart Duff, the ref awards a free kick. Rudolf Skacel crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Grant Munro.
The ball is swung over by Richie Foran.
The ball is sent over by Nick Ross, Ismael Bouzid makes a clearance.
The official flags Stephen Elliott offside. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cox on Ian Black. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Lee Cox concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Black. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Rooney, Kevin Kyle makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Cox. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Graeme Shinnie by Ian Black. Russell Duncan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
Adam Rooney sends in a cross, Ross Tokely has an effort at goal.
Rudolf Skacel is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Lee Cox.
Centre by Richie Foran, clearance by Ruben Palazuelos.
The referee gets the match started.
The second half begins.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The match has reached full-time.
Hearts boosted by duo's return
Ian Black and Eggert Jonsson are expected to be available for Hearts' Clydesdale Bank Premier League meeting with Inverness following illness.
The duo missed Tuesday's win at Motherwell - Hearts' sixth straight success - with their places going to Ryan Stevenson and Darren Barr.
David Templeton and Rudi Skacel have been the headline acts but Hearts' six-match winning run has been achieved by a collective effort epitomised by Adrian Mrowiec.
Jim Jefferies' side take a record of six wins, 15 goals for and one against from the last six games into the match against Inverness, themselves unbeaten away from home since November 2009.
While third-placed Hearts' potent attacking force have been accepting the plaudits for the run, Jefferies picked out Mrowiec as a crucial influence following last Saturday's 5-0 defeat of Aberdeen.
And the Polish midfielder is more than happy to continue to play a selfless role as Hearts seek to extend their run into a busy festive programme of four games in 14 days.
Mrowiec said: "I'm very happy when the gaffer is happy with how we play.
"We have some players who score goals, like Temps (Templeton), like Kevin (Kyle), like Rudi.
"I try to help the team and to play for the team. I try to do my best for the team."
Mrowiec had an injury-interrupted spell at Hearts in 2008-09 on loan from Lithuania's FBK Kaunas, before spending last season in his native Poland at Arka Gdynia.
He returned to Edinburgh in July and signed a three-year contract at Tynecastle in August after impressing manager Jefferies.
"The gaffer saw me for the first time - I didn't know him before," said Mrowiec, whose first spell was under Jefferies' predecessor Csaba Laszlo.
"I trained with the team and he said `I want him to stay' and I stayed, signing a new contract."
Inverness midfielder Nick Ross is back in contention after illness saw him left on the bench during last weekend's draw against Rangers.
Kenny Gillet, Chris Innes and Gil Blumenshtein are all pushing for comebacks but are unlikely to face Clydesdale Bank Premier League form team Hearts.
David Proctor and Kevin McCann both remain on the sidelines with knee injuries.
Ross Tokely believes Inverness have finally earned the respect of the rest of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League thanks to their impressive return to the top flight.
The Highlanders reclaimed their place among Scottish football's elite this summer after triumphing in the Irn-Bru First Division and Tokely claims most teams thought they would be the whipping boys this season.
Instead, Terry Butcher's men have more than held their own in the SPL, with an unbeaten away record stretching back more than a year helping propel them to fourth in the table.
That run includes draws against both halves of the Old Firm and, as they prepare to travel to Hearts, Tokely insists the other teams are finally sitting up and taking notice.
"It's taken a while for us to get any respect," the full-back said.
"When we got in the league first of all the SPL teams thought they would just roll over us. We've had to work hard to get an established name for ourselves.
"Getting relegated was a blow but we have come up and shown we can play with the big boys.
"I don't think where we are is a false position at all, I think we've merited where we are and we want to stay there.
"I think teams are fearing us, we've got guys who will go out there and attack, we've got the skill and the speed and we will cause teams bother.
"When teams are at home, their fans expect them to come out and play and that means less pressure on us and that suits us."
Tokely would love to see Caley Thistle end 2010 with their unbeaten run on the road still intact.
He added: "The challenge is to keep the record going. Every one of us is proud of that record.
"When we were 2-0 down against Celtic we knew we had a fight on our hands to keep it going.
"We watched Hearts on Tuesday against Motherwell and they are a physical side and we will definitely need to be at our best to get something from the game."
Hearts are third in the table and Tokely believes the meeting between the SPL's two form teams has all the makings of a classic.
He said: "We are really enjoying life back in the SPL, we are loving it, and the boys are really thriving in this league.
"We have hit the ground running and we've got dangerous players as well. It's got the makings of a great game."
All square at Tynecastle
Inverness extended their unbeaten away run into another year and ended Hearts' six-match winning streak and hopes of moving into second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Tynecastle.
Caley Thistle, unbeaten away from home since November 2009, went in front on their final road trip of the year through Grant Munro's 17th-minute header.
Kevin Kyle equalised from the penalty spot after 25 minutes, but the hosts missed the chance to move level with Celtic in the table as Caley Thistle's determined rearguard frustrated Hearts, extending the visitors' run to six games without defeat.
With Celtic's match at Hamilton postponed, manager Jim Jefferies knew victory would take his Hearts side level in second place in the table, although the Bhoys now have two games in hand.
Ian Black and Eggert Jonsson recovered from illness to allow Jefferies to revert to the XI which began last week's 5-0 defeat of Aberdeen.
Hearts defeated Motherwell 2-1 on Tuesday night, taking their run to 15 goals scored and one conceded in securing six wins from six and eight out of nine.
The hosts had the better of the opening period and Stuart Duff received a yellow card for a cynical challenge on David Templeton, who was racing down the left with team-mates queuing up in the centre.
Caley Thistle half-cleared the resulting free-kick with Black, who signed for Hearts from Inverness in June 2009, firing over with a left-foot shot from the edge of the area.
The visitors went in front after Russell Duncan's inswinging free-kick from the left found Munro at the far post.
The defender's header towards goal created havoc in the Hearts defence - a rearguard temporarily without Ismael Bouzid - and evaded everyone to bounce beyond the line.
Bouzid was holding his back and was replaced two minutes later, with Ryan Stevenson coming into midfield and Adrian Mrowiec switching to centre back.
Templeton was booked for a dive after going down under the challenge of Duff in the penalty area but then Hearts were awarded a spot-kick when Stephen Elliott was brought down by goalkeeper Ryan Esson as he attempted to latch on to Kyle's knock down.
Esson was booked by referee Brian Winter for the challenge before Kyle sent him the wrong way with a successful spot-kick.
Hearts went close twice before the interval, with Templeton firing a stunning 25-yard strike against the post before Esson saved Stevenson's left-foot shot from the edge of the area.
The hosts continued to dominate possession and territory after the break, but Caley Thistle looked dangerous on the break.
Templeton shot wide across goal after 50 minutes after streaking down the left before Adam Rooney had an effort ruled out for offside after 52 minutes.
Kyle then brought a long ball down and turned towards goal but could not get a shot away under Ross Tokely's challenge and Inverness cleared.
Jonsson's cross was then directed towards goal by Kyle, but Esson gathered at the second attempt.
Templeton tried his luck from long range again, the ball swerving narrowly wide.
Skacel, who had been a peripheral figure, then shot a yard wide across goal after ghosting into the penalty area unchallenged.
Skacel was played in down the left by Stevenson nine minutes from time but the Czech midfielder's ball across goal flashed in front of Kyle and Elliott and Caley Thistle survived again.
Duncan shot over for the visitors before Elliott was replaced by Calum Elliot with seven minutes remaining.
Kyle blasted over before Inverness scrambled clear a series of Hearts corners.
Duncan broke in stoppage time and forced a save out of Marion Kello, but the match ended level.
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