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Andrew Driver produces a cross, Rory McArdle makes a clearance. Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Mitchel Megginson from the left by-line, clearance made by Ryan McGowan.
Denis Prychynenko joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Hamill.
Rudi Skacel fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 3-0 Aberdeen.Darren Barr provided the assist for the goal.
Gary Glen concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Rae. Stephen Hughes takes the direct free kick. Close range effort by Scott Vernon goes over the bar.
Craig Beattie leaves the field to be replaced by Gary Glen.
Outswinging corner taken by Stephen Hughes, clearance made by Craig Beattie.
Andy Webster fouled by Scott Vernon, the ref awards a free kick. Kari Arnason leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen Hughes. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Effort from just outside the box by Darren Mackie goes over the bar.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Mackie. Russell Anderson replaces Clark Robertson. Jamie Hamill takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Hamill on Mitchel Megginson. Clark Robertson takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Kari Arnason.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Mackie by Marius Zaliukas. Marius Zaliukas booked. Rory McArdle takes the direct free kick.
Ian Black goes off and Suso Santana comes on.
Andrew Driver takes a shot. Save by Jason Brown.
Ian Black produces a cross, clearance by Andrew Considine.
The referee blows for offside against Andrew Driver. Indirect free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
Mitchel Megginson replaces Peter Pawlett.
Chris Clark gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Barr. Direct free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Jamie Hamill concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McArdle. Jason Brown takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Rudi Skacel from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Hearts 2-0 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Ryan McGowan.
The ball is delivered by Clark Robertson, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Ian Black restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Beattie. Jason Brown takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Andrew Driver.
Kari Arnason gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger. Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.
Rory McArdle sends in a cross, clearance by Daniel Grainger.
Ryan McGowan crosses the ball, Effort from the edge of the area by Craig Beattie goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by Ian Black from the left by-line to the near post, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.
Rudi Skacel fouled by Kari Arnason, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick. Marius Zaliukas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Considine. Direct free kick taken by Jason Brown. Kari Arnason shown a yellow card.
Peter Pawlett takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Daniel Grainger. Corner taken right-footed by Peter Pawlett from the left by-line to the near post, Andrew Considine has an effort at goal from 12 yards.
Peter Pawlett crosses the ball, Gavin Rae produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is sent over by Clark Robertson, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Peter Pawlett, Darren Barr makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Foul by Peter Pawlett on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Peter Pawlett is cautioned. Ian Black crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Foul by Chris Clark on Darren Barr, free kick awarded. Andy Webster takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Peter Pawlett. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Darren Barr, clearance by Rory McArdle. Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, Ryan McGowan scores a headed goal from close range. Hearts 1-0 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Daniel Grainger.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Driver on Rory McArdle. Direct free kick taken by Jason Brown.
Andrew Driver sends in a cross, clearance by Mark Reynolds.
The official flags Scott Vernon offside. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Driver on Peter Pawlett. Rory McArdle takes the direct free kick.
Clark Robertson challenges Ryan McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Mark Reynolds gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Beattie. Ian Black restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Kari Arnason misses to the left of the goal.
Darren Mackie produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Foul by Ian Black on Kari Arnason, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Webster. Andy Webster takes the free kick.
Ian Black has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
The ball is delivered by Rory McArdle.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Brown.
Andrew Driver fouled by Rory McArdle, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Black takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Craig Beattie, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.
Foul by Rory McArdle on Andrew Driver, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Clark concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Grainger. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
Skacel puts personal future to one side
Rudi Skacel is focused solely on the immediate future with Hearts and is intent on securing European football at Tynecastle next season, whether he is at the club or not.
Forward Skacel has twice extended his second spell with Hearts with short-term deals this season and is out of contract this summer.
With the club set to slash costs, Skacel is yet to determine if he will be offered fresh terms with the Edinburgh club, but he has not entered talks with any other club.
Skacel said: "This is not a question for this moment. It's not up to me. I'll be focused to play my best and we'll see what happens during the summer.
"You never know in this kind of business. Football is crazy. We will see what happens with this club during this summer period.
"Now is an important time for our team and our club as well."
Victory in the William Hill Scottish Cup and the prospect of European football could enhance the chance of Skacel staying in Edinburgh.
However, the 32-year-old is only looking at Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League meeting with Aberdeen, when Hearts can secure their top-six place.
Hearts have seven SPL matches remaining, plus the Scottish Cup semi-final with holders Celtic on April 15.
Skacel, who won the Scottish Cup during his first spell with Hearts in 2006, added: "I have nice memories for the past but now we have to focus on the next six, seven weeks.
"Now we're focused for Saturday and we'll go step by step. We will see.
"We have two ways to go to Europe. We're still fighting in both ways and it's like the play-offs have started early for us.
"We have Saturday's game, we'll focus on this one and we'll see at the end of the season how it is.
"I don't talk about the past or the future. I want to focus on the next seven games in the league, plus the cup.
"Then we can speak about how this season was and what will be next.
"At this moment it's not important. What is important is the seven games in front of us and the semi-final, and that's it at this moment.
"I think we can be happy at this point and we can push up, so we can make sure after six, seven weeks this season has been successful."
The Dons were unbeaten in 13 matches before losing successive games to Motherwell and Inverness and Skacel knows Hearts must improve on their inconsistent displays in recent weeks.
The former Czech Republic international added: "We have to start very brightly, be focused from the first minute and make sure we win this game because it's so important for us and can help us push up.
"We have to be 100% focused and we'll see what happens."
Hearts are awaiting fitness updates on a number of first-choice players, including goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald (hip).
Defender Mark Reynolds hopes Aberdeen can find form in front of goal in order to finish the season strongly.
The Dons last scored two goals in the same Clydesdale Bank Premier League game on January 2 and travel to Hearts seeking to bounce back from successive losses to Motherwell and Inverness which ended a 13-match unbeaten run.
Reynolds, who expects to return to parent club Sheffield Wednesday when his loan deal expires at the end of the season, said: "We walk a tightrope. If we lose a goal it can be the difference between a point and three, because we're not scoring.
"We defend as a team, from the front.
"It is disappointing when we don't score goals, but the boys are scoring in training and they're more than capable.
"We're getting chances. We're getting two or three good chances a game. We just need to start converting them.
"That's the difference between 1-0 and twos and threes."
The Dons, who play Hibernian in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final on April 14, are determined to bounce back from the last two results against Hearts at Tynecastle.
Reynolds added: "There have been a couple of bad results and most disappointing has been the way we've performed. We want to put that right.
"It's up to us to restore the confidence that we're going to go out and play.
"We just need to focus on turning up in the right frame of mind, playing the kind of football we've been playing."
Defender Russell Anderson could make his Aberdeen return.
Anderson has been recovering from a hamstring injury since returning to Pittodrie and could be joined in the squad for the trip to Tynecastle by midfielders Isaac Osbourne and Stephen Hughes.
Fraser Fyvie, Rob Milsom and Yoann Folly are out.
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