MORTON ended their recent poor run with a good gutsy display to draw away to league leaders Hearts in their first visit to Tynecastle since 1988.

Ton were written off as rank outsiders but they stunned the hosts by taking the lead early in the second half through a superb Craig McGuffie strike.

Jamie Walker netted an equaliser in the 71st minute and the visitors survived a couple of late scares to emerge with a well-deserved point.

Anton McElhone's men were penned in for most of the first half but were well organised and defended doggedly, frustrating their hosts.

They had a let off when Mihai Popescu blazed over the bar from close range and saw Aidan McAdams save well from Aaron McEneff, while Liam Boyce's audacious back heel chip from the byeline clipped the woodwork.

Aidan Nesbitt saw a curling cross come off the Hearts bar as Ton finished the half well.

They continued in that vein after the break, with Lewis Strapp firing over from a good position before McGuffie clubbed home a wonderful strike from 20 yards after being teed up by Cammy Salkeld and Luca Coville.

The hosts pressed for a leveller and found it when Jamie Walker guided home a clever header from 12 yards out.

Robbie Neilson's men piled on the pressure but Ton were able to hold them off, with a late Craig Halkett header just wide being the closest Hearts came.

It was a precious point for seventh-placed Ton, who will now look to carry some confidence into their next match, a home clash against Dundee next Saturday.

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