Within touching distance of third place

Last updated : 18 April 2011 By TwoTonTed

jim jefferies 6Jim Jefferies is near sure that Hearts will pick up third place in the SPL thanks to the excellent form away from Tynecastle the team has shown. The Jambos fought back from Aaron Doran's first-half goal on Saturday to pick up a valuable point at Inverness courtesy of Stephen Elliott's second-half equaliser. Caley Thistle went down to 10 men when Ross Tokely was shown his second yellow card with 12 minutes left, but Hearts could not take advantage to get the winner. Despite missing out on the extra two points, Jefferies was pleased to have come away with something - a result that leaves them nine points clear of nearest rivals for third spot Dundee United. The Tannadice side must beat Rangers on Tuesday night if they hope to keep up the pressure on in the race for third place. But with games running out for both sides, Jefferies feels his side are well positioned to hold off United's challenge and away form has been key, with the Edinburgh side having only suffered four defeats in 16 games away from Tynecastle before the league split. 
He said: "Given how we played in the first half-hour and how difficult a place Inverness is to go to, then this may well work out to be a very valuable point. There are very few games left now and we'll just wait until Tuesday to see if Dundee United can close the gap when they play Rangers. We're in a good position, but we came up to Inverness looking to win the game. I think if we had managed to do that then it would have made it very difficult for anyone to catch us. Our form has been good away from home. Apart from the Old Firm, Dundee United are the only team to beat us on the road, so you have to give the players credit."