skip to content
Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley, save by Jamie MacDonald.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line.
The ball is swung over by Jamie Murphy, clearance by Jason Thomson.
Ross Forbes has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
Corner taken by Craig Thomson.
Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rudi Skacel. Direct free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
Ruben Palazuelos concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Craigan. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Craig Thomson, save by Darren Randolph.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Hateley, clearance made by Ismael Bouzid.
Ismael Bouzid receives a caution. Foul by Ismael Bouzid on Jamie Murphy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ross Forbes.
Jamie Murphy replaces Chris Humphrey.
Jason Thomson goes into the book.
Ross Forbes takes a shot.
John Sutton replaces Esteban Casagolda.
Rudi Skacel produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rudi Skacel, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
Shot by Scott Robinson. Save by Darren Randolph.
Foul by Andy Webster on Esteban Casagolda, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
Scott Robinson comes on in place of Stephen Elliott.
(Hearts) makes a substitution, with Suso Santana coming on for David Templeton.
Unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell by Ryan Stevenson results in a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Rudi Skacel.
A cross is delivered by Craig Thomson, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Black on Stewart Carswell. Shaun Hutchinson takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Rudi Skacel.
David Templeton produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Maurice Ross booked. Maurice Ross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Templeton. Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
Stevie Hammell on for Steven Saunders.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ruben Palazuelos on Stewart Carswell. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.
Steven Saunders produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and strikes the post.
The ball is swung over by Jason Thomson.
Foul by Tom Hateley on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Jason Thomson takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Ian Black.
Steve Jones fouled by Ian Black, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
Ian Black takes a shot.
David Templeton has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Maurice Ross sends in a cross, Ismael Bouzid makes a clearance.
Ryan Stevenson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Craigan. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Rudi Skacel crosses the ball, clearance by Maurice Ross.
Tom Hateley challenges Rudi Skacel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rudi Skacel takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Craig Thomson.
Ruben Palazuelos is penalised for a handball. Ross Forbes takes the free kick.
Chris Humphrey concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Thomson. Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.
David Templeton sends in a cross.
Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Ryan Stevenson delivers the ball, Shot from inside the area by Stephen Elliott clears the bar.
Steve Jones takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Elliott, Ross Forbes makes a clearance.
Craig Thomson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Stewart Carswell manages to make a clearance.
Craig Thomson produces a cross, save made by Darren Randolph.
Short corner taken by Rudi Skacel from the right by-line, Steven Saunders manages to make a clearance.
Stevenson: Hearts have taken foot off the gas
Ryan Stevenson has suggested Hearts became complacent in their bid to confirm third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Hearts held a 15-point lead over fourth place at one point this season and were considered genuine threats to title-chasing Celtic and Rangers.
However, after losses to each half of the Old Firm saw their hopes of a title challenge end, Hearts have recorded one win in their last five games to give Dundee United hope of overhauling them.
However, Motherwell - Hearts' opponents on Saturday - beat United 2-1 on Wednesday night to help the Edinburgh side, who now hold a 10-point advantage with seven games remaining.
Stevenson said: "It looked so easy at one stage that we were definitely going to get there.
"It's been tough. When you open up that big a gap, you maybe switch off and think we're 12, 15 points in front, we're fine.
"The gap closes very, very quickly.
"Dundee United have shown how good a team they are and pressed back.
"We managed to get a little bit of luck on Wednesday night (United lost 2-1 at Motherwell).
"We know that if we go off the boil Dundee United will be right on our tails.
"For us personally we've got to take it every game at a time."
Stevenson has been encouraged by Hearts' displays this season and believes Jim Jefferies' men can put together a more sustained challenge next term.
He added: "This is where Hearts should be. A lot of teams push Rangers and Celtic to January and fade away.
"We've pushed them until March this year and we've only been together as a team for a year.
"We need to finish third, go away and look next season to push on a bit further.
"We've definitely got the squad and we've definitely got the players to do that."
Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas is suspended for the clash against Motherwell having been sent off in last Sunday's Edinburgh derby with Hibernian.
He now starts a two-match ban while Rudi Skacel (Achilles), Suso Santana (knee) and Eggert Jonsson (facial injury) are doubtful.
Lee Wallace (ankle), Kevin Kyle (groin/stomach) and Calum Elliot (knee) remain out.
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is awaiting news on a number of players with knocks.
Stevie Hammell has an outside chance of making the bench for Well's fourth game in 11 days, while McCall will make late decisions on a number of unnamed players.
Keith Lasley is set to continue despite a rib problem, but Francis Jeffers (hamstring), Gavin Gunning (shoulder) and Steve Jennings (suspended) are out.
McCall will reiterate to his Motherwell side the importance of victory at Hearts in the context of their season.
A win at Tynecastle would secure Well a place in the top half of the Scottish Premier League and ensure McCall's men enter the Scottish Cup semi-final with St Johnstone on a high.
Only Inverness can overhaul Well in the table, with Caley Thistle, currently seven points behind, playing managerless Kilmarnock on Saturday and holding two games in hand ahead of the SPL split.
McCall, whose side have won their last three games, said: "We've not achieved anything.
"We've still got work to do. It's a tough one at Hearts but we'll be going there and want to pick up something.
"It wouldn't surprise me at all if Inverness went and won at Kilmarnock, with Kilmarnock missing a lot of players and they've just lost their manager."
Motherwell`s 2-1 victory over Dundee United on Wednesday night was their fifth win in eight games in all competitions, and McCall hopes for a fourth successive triumph on Saturday.
He added: "We'll go and play in the same spirit as we have done recently and hopefully come back with something.
"If we got a point it wouldn't be the worst result in the world but wherever we go we look to get the three.
"If we came away with a point or three it would be a terrific result."
Well beat Hearts 2-0 at Tynecastle in September under McCall's predecessor Craig Brown, but title-chasing Rangers and Celtic have both lost in Gorgie in recent months.
As well as the incentive of a place in the top six, McCall believes the prospect of fighting for a place in the team for the Hampden semi-final on April 16 will spur his troops on.
And he hopes to go to the national stadium on a high.
He added: "There's been an edge in the training for the last couple of weeks.
"The semi-final day looms in the not too distant future, but first and foremost we've got to get over Hearts.
"There are semi-final places up for grabs, so they'll be looking to perform well."
Top six achieved at Tynecastle
Motherwell's place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League's top six was confirmed despite a goalless draw at Hearts.
Ross Forbes struck the top of the crossbar after 75 minutes as Well were second best in the stalemate but still confirmed their place in the top half of the table after Inverness drew 1-1 at Kilmarnock.
Hearts had the better of territory and possession, but struggled to break down a stubborn visiting defence and now have one win in six games.
While Hearts' bid to wrap up third place continues to stutter, Well have an unassailable seven-point lead over Caley Thistle after playing their final match before the SPL split.
Stuart McCall's men began the day with a seven-point advantage over Inverness, who have two games in hand.
But with next week's Scottish Cup semi-final with St Johnstone in mind, McCall named Jamie Murphy, John Sutton and Keith Lasley only on the bench.
The visitors were second best for much of the first half, but did enough to frustrate Hearts and could have gone in front themselves.
After two early Hearts corners came to nothing, Steve Jones flashed a shot over from the left of the area after a mix-up between Jason Thomson and Ismael Bouzid.
Stephen Elliott's effort from Skacel's cross went over at the other end before Hearts called Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph into action.
After Jason Thomson's cross was half cleared, Ryan Stevenson's low shot across goal from the right edge of the area was palmed away by Randolph.
Hearts did not test the Well stopper again before the interval, but their own goalkeeper was called into action.
Jason Thomson gifted the ball to Esteban Casagolda on the left.
The striker went to ground on the edge of the Hearts area and the ball ran for Steve Saunders to shoot from 20 yards, Jamie MacDonald making the save to his right.
Saunders was replaced by Steve Hammell at half-time.
Maurice Ross, who switched to right back to accommodate Hammell, was booked for a lunge on David Templeton on halfway, the Hearts winger having already turned him.
Randolph saved from Templeton's jinking run and blocked a rebound attempt as the hosts resumed on the attack.
Tom Hateley's direct run took him past three Hearts defenders, but he lost control of the ball just as he entered the box and MacDonald collected.
Motherwell were coming more and more into the game and Jason Thomson was fortunate not to be penalised for a clumsy challenge on Steve Jones at the by-line but the ball had already drifted out of play.
Hearts made three changes in the 61st minute, with Ian Black replaced by Driver, Templeton by Suso Santana and Scott Robinson coming on for Elliott.
Robinson had a shot blocked before Santana shot over as Hearts continued to struggle to test Randolph.
Skacel shot narrowly wide from 25 yards before Motherwell introduced Sutton.
The striker headed a long ball on for Forbes, who struck a volley which hit the top of the crossbar.
Jason Thomson was then booked for bringing down Chris Humphrey, with the Motherwell winger launching a counter attack.
Humphrey was brought off for Murphy soon after.
Murphy was immediately in the thick of the action and drew a foul out of Bouzid, who was cautioned for the challenge.
Craig Thomson's free-kick from wide on the left was clawed clear by Randolph with five minutes remaining before Motherwell again went close.
Forbes' left-foot effort from 25 yards went narrowly wide at the other end before Bouzid did just enough to prevent Sutton getting in a shot on the turn.
Despite finishing the match the better, Well had to be content with a point and their place in the top half of the table was confirmed by the draw at Rugby Park.
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk