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Ryan Conroy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.
Foul by Andy Webster on John Baird, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gary Irvine.
Andrew Driver is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Rab Douglas.
Ryan McGowan fouled by Ryan Conroy, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan McGowan produces a cross, Marius Zaliukas takes a shot. Rab Douglas makes a comfortable save.
Kevin McBride concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Walker. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Ryan Conroy on for Steven Milne.
Corner from left by-line taken by Daniel Grainger.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Callum Paterson by Matthew Lockwood. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Arvydas Novikovas goes off and Jamie Walker comes on.
Shot by John Baird. Jamie MacDonald makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James McAlister from the right by-line, Declan Gallagher produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Foul by Ryan McGowan on Kevin McBride, free kick awarded. Matthew Lockwood takes the free kick.
John Baird joins the action as a substitute, replacing Colin Nish.
John Sutton leaves the field to be replaced by Gordon Smith.
Steven Milne challenges Mehdi Taouil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Arvydas Novikovas fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
James McAlister is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James McAlister from the right by-line, Andy Webster makes a clearance.
Ryan McGowan challenges James McAlister unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Lockwood takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by James McAlister, Andy Webster manages to make a clearance.
Colin Nish fouled by Darren Barr, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Robinson leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Driver. Declan Gallagher takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Arvydas Novikovas, clearance by Declan Gallagher.
Corner taken short by Scott Robinson.
Steven Milne is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Nicky Riley fouled by Scott Robinson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Benedictus.
James McAlister fouled by Ryan McGowan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by James McAlister, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.
Declan Gallagher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton. Free kick taken by Scott Robinson.
Colin Nish takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan McGowan by James McAlister. Free kick crossed by Daniel Grainger, comfortable save by Rab Douglas.
Matthew Lockwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball in from the free kick, Declan Gallagher manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Milne. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, James McAlister manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Iain Davidson on Scott Robinson. Strike on goal comes in from Arvydas Novikovas from the free kick, save by Rab Douglas.
Foul by Declan Gallagher on Callum Paterson, free kick awarded. Declan Gallagher is shown a yellow card. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Daniel Grainger.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Steven Milne.
Matthew Lockwood challenges Arvydas Novikovas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mehdi Taouil.
Declan Gallagher concedes a free kick for a foul on Callum Paterson. Mehdi Taouil takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, comfortable save by Rab Douglas.
Unfair challenge on Gary Irvine by Marius Zaliukas results in a free kick. Matthew Lockwood finds the net with a fantastic goal direct from the free kick from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Dundee 1-0 Hearts.
The referee blows for offside against Mehdi Taouil. Kyle Benedictus restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan McGowan fouled by James McAlister, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Rab Douglas restarts play with the free kick.
Mehdi Taouil concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Riley. The free kick is delivered right-footed by James McAlister from left channel, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
Handball by Iain Davidson. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Headed effort from close range by John Sutton goes wide left of the goal.
Foul by Mehdi Taouil on Steven Milne, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Lockwood.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Barr by Declan Gallagher. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Inswinging corner taken by James McAlister, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Benedictus on John Sutton. Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.
Sutton suggests play-off system
Hearts striker John Sutton believes the Scottish Premier League should follow the example of Australia and introduce championship play-offs at the end of each season.
Sutton was a victim of the A-League system during a loan spell at Central Coast Mariners last season when his team finished top of the table but lost out to Brisbane Roar during the play-offs.
However, he still found himself becoming a fan of the format.
Hibernian, Aberdeen and St Johnstone all have the chance to go top of the SPL on Saturday but Celtic remain odds-on favourites to retain the trophy following the loss of Rangers.
Hearts boss John McGlynn this week claimed the SPL was exciting without Rangers and could thrive even more without Celtic, but Sutton feels play-offs would create fresh interest while retaining the attraction of the Glasgow sides.
Sutton, whose team face Dundee at Dens Park, said: "The manager made a good point in saying it`s probably a bit more competitive and tighter but going back a few years there was an idea coming from this club about the play-offs at the end of the season.
"That could serve both camps - you have your league champions but for other teams like Hearts and Motherwell you can still walk away having won the main tournament at the end of the year.
"You only have to look at when Celtic visit Tynecastle, the place is absolutely rammed.
"If you can imagine that for a game to get to Hampden for a Grand Final, it would be an even bigger match.
"They did that in Australia. It was a bit unfortunate for myself because we won the league.
"You get a bit of credit for that and a trophy but everyone soon forgets about that and you go into play-offs.
"It might not be the fairest way in the world, that the top team over the season doesn`t win, but it certainly creates a lot of excitement.
"With regards Scottish football, Celtic and Rangers have these massive fan bases and it`s hard for clubs to compete financially. But on our day I think we can do."
Hearts will be without Ryan Stevenson after the midfielder suffered concussion during Wednesday's cup win over Dundee United.
However, Darren Barr's red card at Tannadice will not affect his SPL eligibility.
Midfielder Kevin McBride insists Dundee remain united in the belief their fortunes will improve.
Barry Smith's men have lost nine of their 11 SPL fixtures to sit eight points adrift at the foot of the table.
Asked about morale at Dens Park, McBride said: "Surprisingly very good. The manager has stuck by us and everybody's stuck by him.
"Everybody's disappointed we're losing, but at the moment everybody's feeling good and we just need to start picking up points.
"All we need is that one win and hopefully we'll carry on from there."
Dundee's only previous win this season came against Saturday's opponents Hearts, on September 2.
Two months on, with the Dark Blues attempting to avoid looking at the table, another victory is vital.
Speaking at a Tesco Bank Football Challenge event in Dundee, McBride added: "Hearts are a very good side, with a lot of young players coming through, but it's a home game for us - we've got to go and try to win it. We're feeling confident.
"I don't think a draw's enough in the situation we're in at the moment, even though it's early. You try and ignore it (the table), but people remind you of it. If we can get everybody fit, start getting points and climbing the table, you will see a different Dundee."
A foot injury has limited McBride's impact this term, but now he is back to full fitness and eager to help ease Dundee's plight.
"It's frustrating when you're out the length of time I was out, but that's me getting back into training and I played against Aberdeen," he said.
"If you're injured and the boys are winning it eases it a bit for you, because you're getting three points. But we weren't winning.
"It's more frustrating being injured and losing as well."
Left-back Brian Easton has joined Dundee`s lengthy injury list after being ruled out for up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury suffered three minutes into last weekend`s defeat by Aberdeen.
Midfielder Mark Kerr was earlier ruled out for a similar length of time with a knee injury.
Davide Grassi (knee), Stephen O'Donnell (hamstring), Mark Stewart (knee), Carl Finnigan (knee) and Jamie McCluskey (Achilles) are set to miss out again.
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