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Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Willis from the right by-line, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
Corner taken by David Graham, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
Corner taken by David Graham from the left by-line, save by Marian Kello.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Liam Buchanan. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
John Sutton challenges Austin McCann unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
Austin McCann is cautioned. John Sutton replaces Ryan Stevenson.
Effort on goal by David Templeton from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Gary Mason fouled by Mehdi Taouil, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Willis. David Obua joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rudi Skacel.
Foul by Eggert Jonsson on Paul Willis, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Willis.
Daniel Grainger fouled by Paul Willis, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
Austin McCann fouled by Ryan Stevenson, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
Patrick Clarke is brought on as a substitute for Andy Kirk. Paul Willis on for Ryan Thomson.
David Templeton finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dunfermline 0-2 Hearts.Assist by David Templeton.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Buchanan on Eggert Jonsson. Andy Webster takes the direct free kick.
David Templeton has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Graham from the right by-line to the near post.
Andy Webster is ruled offside. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick. Andy Webster is shown a yellow card for dissent.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Graham on Rudi Skacel. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger. David Graham is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Eggert Jonsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Buchanan. Austin McCann restarts play with the free kick.
Mehdi Taouil is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dowie.
Liam Buchanan comes on in place of Joe Cardle.
Adrian Mrowiec is penalised for a handball. Gary Mason takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas by Andy Kirk results in a free kick. Marian Kello takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
David Templeton produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Burns by Marius Zaliukas. Joe Cardle restarts play with the free kick.
Daniel Grainger produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
John Potter concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Stevenson. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
Adrian Mrowiec challenges David Graham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Dowie.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Gary Mason. Free kick taken by Mehdi Taouil.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Hamill by Ryan Thomson results in a free kick. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas by Andy Kirk results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Paul Burns concedes a free kick for a foul on Mehdi Taouil. Paul Burns is given a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
Daniel Grainger takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Andy Webster finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Dunfermline 0-1 Hearts.Daniel Grainger provided the assist for the goal.
Rudi Skacel takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
David Graham fouled by Daniel Grainger, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Dowie takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Joe Cardle from the right by-line, Foul by Andy Dowie on Andy Webster, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Kirk. Andy Webster takes the free kick.
David Templeton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Burns. Andy Dowie takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Joe Cardle. Mehdi Taouil on for Ian Black.
Unfair challenge on Joe Cardle by Ian Black results in a free kick. Andy Kirk has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger,
Paul Burns is caught offside. Marian Kello takes the direct free kick.
Pars chief wants side to make amends
Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre has backed his players to bounce back from successive four-goal defeats as Hearts visit East End Park.
The Pars are currently in the midst of a poor run of results, having endured six matches without a win, most recently suffering 4-0 defeats to Rangers and Aberdeen.
But McIntyre believes his charges possess the quality to trouble the Jambos, providing the Fifers show a massive improvement in terms of work ethic and industry as they seek to change the club's fortunes and climb away from the drop zone.
"It's up to us to make sure that if we do lose games then we are losing them in the right manner," the former Dundee United striker challenged.
"You go down scrapping and fighting for everything because that's the only way to be. When you turn in a performance like the Aberdeen match then you deserve all the criticism going. We just weren't at the races at all.
"We didn't work hard enough, we didn't pressure the ball and when we had the ball our quality was poor. Every facet of what we did well in our first seven games was missing.
"That wasn't good enough and we are all well aware of that. Now they've got a chance to make amends. It's all fine sitting round a table and watching a DVD, but we have to respond on the pitch."
Dunfermline's injury problems are continuing ahead of their meeting with Hearts, with Andrew Barrowman ruled out after a recent operation to remove his appendix.
The Pars are already without Jason Thomson, as a gentleman's agreement forbids the on-loan Hearts full-back from turning out against his parent club.
Nick Phinn, Martin Hardie and Kevin Rutkiewicz are all making good progress but the encounter against the Jambos comes to soon for any of the Fifers' sidelined stars.
Meanwhile, Hearts midfielder Eggert Jonsson admits their victory over Celtic will count for nothing if they do not follow it up with another three points at Dunfermline.
Hearts bounced back from a 2-0 defeat at St Johnstone by beating Neil Lennon's men by the same scoreline at Tynecastle.
However, manager Paulo Sergio has warned in recent weeks that he does not want a "two-faced" team who do well at home and badly away.
Hearts have won five matches in Gorgie this season but have not won in their last 15 matches on the road in all competitions, a run stretching back to a victory over Hamilton at New Douglas Park in February.
Sergio's men now come up against a Dunfermline side who have not won at East End Park this season and have conceded eight goals in their last two matches.
So Jonsson is well aware that they cannot afford another slip-up away from home as they look to consolidate their position in the top four of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The victory over Celtic put Hearts into fourth place but they remain four points behind Motherwell going into the weekend and owner Vladimir Romanov was quick to remove previous manager Jim Jefferies after he secured third place in the table.
The versatile Iceland international said: "The St Johnstone game away was just a bad day for us.
"We spoke after the game and everyone was disappointed.
"There was no better game to bounce back than playing Celtic at home.
"We knew what we had to do and that was obviously to win the game and get three points.
"But since then we can't really talk about it. Okay, we won but now we have to look forward and going from Celtic to Dunfermline away.
"If we don't get a good result in this game then the Celtic game doesn't mean anything.
"You can't just go and beat Celtic and not perform against the teams we think we should be winning against."
Hearts midfielder David Obua (thigh) is doubtful for the clash.
Winger Andrew Driver could return to the squad, though, after being troubled by a knee injury.
Marian Kello is pushing for a return from a shoulder injury while Calum Elliot is not fit despite recovering from knee surgery earlier than anticipated.
Hearts on the up with Fife win
Hearts claimed their first away win since February with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Dunfermline at East End Park.
Andy Webster headed home a first-half opener and Rudi Skacel doubled the visitors' advantage with 15 minutes remaining.
Their second successive league victory lifts Hearts to fourth place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Dunfermline made a bright start and Danny Grainger had to be alert to deal with a dangerous Joe Cardle free-kick in the opening minutes.
The first opportunity for the visitors came after 11 minutes when David Templeton weaved into the Dunfermline box and got a strong shot away only for Paul Gallagher to deflect the ball round the post for a corner.
Hearts' Ian Black limped off after 21 minutes and was replaced by former Kilmarnock midfielder Mehdi Taouil.
Taouil's introduction seemed to breathe life into Hearts and two minutes after coming on the Moroccan produced an excellent delivery from the right which required Andy Dowie to head clear under pressure from Templeton.
A superb diving stop from Gallacher denied Rudi Skacel with five minutes remaining in the first half and the visitors grabbed the opener from the resulting corner.
Grainger's delivery was not dealt with by the home defence and Webster was able to head home from close range.
On 43 minutes Paul Burns hauled down Taouil as he steamed through on goal to earn the first yellow card of the game.
Dunfermline showed more attacking intent at the beginning of the second half but were unable to put any pressure on Hearts keeper Marian Kello.
The visitors still looked the more likely to extend their advantage and Gallagher was forced to make a vital interception from Grainger's cross.
Two minutes later Ryan Stevenson was felled by John Potter at the edge of the Dunfermline box. Jamie Hamill set up Grainger from the resulting free-kick but his fizzing effort was well off target.
Stevenson passed up a gilt-edged chance just before the hour-mark when he met Templeton's cross but could only head into the arms of Gallagher.
Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre introduced Liam Buchanan in place of Joe Cardle after 61 minutes.
Potter forced Kello into his first save of the match after 69 minutes when his dangerous cross almost caught the Czech stopper out at his far post.
The home side suddenly seemed to be building momentum and full-back Paddy Boyle unleashed a sensational strike from 25 yards out which went inches over the bar.
Their hopes of a comeback were dashed with 15 minutes remaining however as Hearts grabbed the vital second goal.
Boyle's misplaced pass was intercepted by David Templeton who drove through on goal and unleashed a stinging effort which was well saved by Gallagher, unfortunately for the keeper though Skacel was on hand to drill the rebound home - much to the delight of the huge travelling support.
Immediately after the goal Dunfermline made a double substitution with Pat Clarke and Paul Willis coming on in place of Andy Kirk and Ryan Thomson.
Hearts boss Paulo Sergio made some changes of his own in the closing stages as he replaced Skacel and Stevenson with David Obua and John Sutton.
In injury-time Boyle missed a good opportunity to grab a consolation goal for Dunfermline when he found space at the back post but his tame effort was easily gathered by Kello.
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