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The referee brings the game to a close.
The ball is swung over by Eggert Jonsson, Kevin Kyle takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Forbes by Ian Black. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Eggert Jonsson on Alan Gow. Strike on goal comes in from Ross Forbes from the free kick, save made by Marian Kello.
Alan Gow joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nick Blackman.
Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Marian Kello.
Corner taken by Ross Forbes played to the near post. Ross Forbes takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ruben Palazuelos.
Foul by Kevin Kyle on Keith Lasley, free kick awarded. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Robert McHugh has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Ross Forbes by Ian Black results in a free kick. Robert McHugh joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Humphrey. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Blackman on Suso Santana. (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Ross Forbes coming on for Steve Jennings. Rudolf Skacel restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Eggert Jonsson, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Suso Santana from the right by-line, clearance made by Steven Saunders.
Foul by Ismael Bouzid on Nick Blackman, free kick awarded. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
Tom Hateley takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Kevin Kyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. (Hearts) makes a substitution, with Ian Black coming on for Ryan Stevenson. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Chris Humphrey, clearance made by Jason Thomson.
Effort on goal by Rudolf Skacel from 35 yards missed to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rudolf Skacel by Steven Saunders. Rudolf Skacel takes the direct free kick.
Goal scored by John Sutton from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Hearts 0-2 Motherwell.Chris Humphrey provided the assist for the goal.
Keith Lasley takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello. John Sutton takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
Ryan Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Jamie Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Stephen Elliott offside. Stephen Craigan takes the indirect free kick.
Jason Thomson delivers the ball, clearance by Mark Reynolds.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Jason Thomson results in a free kick. Jason Thomson shown a yellow card. Stephen Craigan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Eggert Jonsson.
Stephen Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Reynolds. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Foul by Kevin Kyle on Stephen Craigan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
A cross is delivered by Chris Humphrey, clearance by Ismael Bouzid. Steven Saunders gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rudolf Skacel. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Chris Humphrey produces a cross, Nick Blackman finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Hearts 0-1 Motherwell.Chris Humphrey provided the assist for the goal.
Stephen Elliott is brought on as a substitute for Calum Elliot. David Templeton goes off and Rudolf Skacel comes on.
Foul by Jamie Murphy on Jason Thomson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jason Thomson.
Keith Lasley is penalised for a handball. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Templeton by Steven Saunders. Steven Saunders is given a yellow card. Calum Elliot has an effort direct from the free kick.
Foul by Eggert Jonsson on John Sutton, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Chris Humphrey, Kevin Kyle makes a clearance.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
The ball is crossed by Calum Elliot, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Eggert Jonsson, Tom Hateley makes a clearance.
Kevin Kyle is penalised for a handball. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Calum Elliot sends in a cross, Steven Saunders makes a clearance.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The ball is crossed by Jason Thomson, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
The referee penalises Nick Blackman for handball. Ismael Bouzid takes the indirect free kick.
Ismael Bouzid challenges Nick Blackman unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Sutton takes the direct free kick.
Nick Blackman is caught offside. Ismael Bouzid restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Saunders delivers the ball, clearance by Ismael Bouzid. Centre by Steven Saunders, Ismael Bouzid manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Humphrey, free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Craigan on Kevin Kyle. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Stevenson challenges Tom Hateley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Stevenson goes into the book. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph. Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Humphrey, Ryan Stevenson makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against John Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Calum Elliot. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
Keith Lasley takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Saunders on David Templeton. Direct free kick taken by Eggert Jonsson.
Jamie Murphy has an effort at goal from the just inside the area hitting the post.
Corner taken by David Templeton from the left by-line, Centre by Kevin Kyle, save by Darren Randolph.
David Templeton concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Craigan. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
The ball is crossed by David Templeton, Kevin Kyle produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Stevenson from the right by-line, clearance by Steven Saunders.
Kevin Kyle produces a cross.
Steve Jennings challenges Kevin Kyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adrian Mrowiec restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Ismael Bouzid. Tom Hateley crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Jason Thomson.
Foul by Calum Elliot on Steven Saunders, free kick awarded. Steven Saunders takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Mark Reynolds on Kevin Kyle, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ryan Stevenson from right channel.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Ryan Stevenson. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
Foul by Eggert Jonsson on Chris Humphrey, free kick awarded. Tom Hateley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Jason Thomson.
Short corner worked by Suso Santana, Centre by Ryan Stevenson.
Nick Blackman has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Templeton by Steven Saunders. Direct free kick taken by Eggert Jonsson.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Kyle. Indirect free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
Chris Humphrey delivers the ball, save made by Marian Kello.
Suso Santana has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Tom Hateley fouled by Calum Elliot, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley takes the direct free kick.
Suso Santana is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Corner taken by Ryan Stevenson.
Suso Santana delivers the ball.
The offside flag is raised against Calum Elliot. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Ryan Stevenson, Mark Reynolds manages to make a clearance.
The official flags Nick Blackman offside. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
Tom Hateley delivers the ball, clearance by Eggert Jonsson. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Humphrey from the right by-line, Ryan Stevenson makes a clearance.
Foul by Ismael Bouzid on Tom Hateley, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Hateley from left wing, clearance by Jason Thomson.
The ball is sent over by Jason Thomson.
David Templeton has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
The referee gets the game underway.
Jeffries' case for the defence
Hearts host Motherwell on Saturday with manager Jim Jefferies aware his depleted defence must perform at Tynecastle.
The Jambos are one point clear of Motherwell and Aberdeen in third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after five matches this season.
Well, like Hearts, have ambitions of Europa League qualification and Jefferies is determined to triumph, while accentuating the positive of a forward line in a rich vein of form.
"We're lying in a tight league in third position," said Jefferies. "The only way you're guaranteed to stay there is by winning matches.
"We're up against a very good team who are just behind us and we'll need to defend a lot better.
"But they've got to worry about the way we score goals.
"They're going to be one of the teams contesting at the right end of the table, I don't think there's any doubt about that.
"We know it's going to take a good performance to beat them.
"We're expecting a very tough match and we'll make sure we give Motherwell a tough match as well."
Hearts have netted six times in two games, albeit they ended up losing 4-3 at Falkirk in the Co-operative Insurance Cup on Tuesday night.
Kevin Kyle has been in impressive form leading the line, while he could be joined by fellow new signing Stephen Elliott against Motherwell with the striker recovered from a hamstring injury.
"We look a real threat going forward and we've got people who can score goals," said Jefferies.
"The attack's been great. The forwards are doing their bit. But at the back we've been short."
Jefferies was aghast at some of the defending he witnessed at Falkirk Stadium.
"There's no defence for the defence - some of the goals we lost were quite unbelievable," said the manager. "It's just basic stuff.
"We know where the problems are and that's what we need to resolve.
"There are not a lot of options there - we're playing players out of position and they're trying their best.
"We've just got to try to do the best we can."
Jefferies' defensive options were weakened after Craig Thomson's dismissal at Falkirk.
The 19-year-old will be suspended against Motherwell and will watch on from the stands like Lee Wallace (knee) and Marius Zaliukas, who, despite being subject of a contract dispute, is back in training following a knee problem.
Jefferies too will be banned tomorrow, forced out of the dugout and into the stand after being disciplined at Celtic earlier this month.
"My preference is to be down there (in the dugout), but it's sometimes not a bad thing because you see the game differently from up there (the stand)," added Jefferies.
While Elliott may come in - "I'd imagine he'll be busting to get back," said Jefferies - the manager praised the contribution of Calum Elliot.
Rudi Skacel could also come into contention, but may not be risked as he is short of fitness, while Dawid Kucharski (calf strain) and Andrew Driver (knee) remain absent.
Motherwell striker Esteban Casagolda underwent knee surgery on Friday to repair damaged cartilage and will be out for three to four weeks.
But manager Craig Brown hopes to have Stevie Hammell back for the clash following a hamstring injury, while Marc Fitzpatrick (knee) and Shaun Hutchinson (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.
Well enjoy another happy away day
Motherwell continued their perfect domestic away record to move third in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after new father Chris Humphrey set up both goals in an impressive victory at Tynecastle.
The winger, whose partner gave birth to a girl on Thursday, brilliantly created second-half goals for Nick Blackman and John Sutton.
Hearts never troubled Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph and the visitors comfortably secured their fifth away clean sheet and win of the season.
Rudi Skacel made his return to Hearts action after rejoining the club this month but he was totally overshadowed by a convincing second-half display by the visitors, who took the lead in the 58th minute, seconds after the Czech midfielder came off the bench.
Darren Barr was left out of the Hearts squad after manager Jim Jefferies criticised the defending during his side's 4-3 defeat by Falkirk in the midweek Co-operative Insurance Cup clash.
Adrian Mrowiec came in at centre-back while Jason Thomson replaced namesake Craig, who was sent off at Falkirk, at right-back but it was skipper and left-back Eggert Jonsson who failed to deal with Humphrey's ever-increasing threat.
Motherwell named the same team that drew with Aberdeen last weekend with Steve Jennings, Keith Lasley and Jamie Murphy back after being rested for the cup win at Brechin. Hearts wide men David Templeton and Suso Santana made a lively start and twice combined to fashion shots at goal, although both players were off target.
Motherwell took some time to settle into their passing game but improved after the first 20 minutes.
However, Templeton created a good chance in the 30th minute when he manoeuvred himself out of a tight spot near the corner flag and crossed for Kevin Kyle, who headed on to the roof of the net from 12 yards.
Motherwell created the best chance of the half five minutes later on the counter-attack. Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson looked a clear favourite to reach Darren Randolph's kick-out following a Hearts corner but Humphrey outsprinted him and showed good composure to lay the ball back for Blackman.
Keith Lasley flicked on the striker's pass to the unmarked Jamie Murphy, who elected to shoot first time from 16 yards but saw his effort curl off the post.
Murphy soon came close again with a powerful 25-yard strike with the outside of the boot, which was acrobatically touched past the post by Marian Kello.
Motherwell finished the half well, although Hearts had a hopeful penalty appeal rejected when Stephen Craigan tackled Calum Elliot.
Murphy forced another good save after the break after being allowed to run at the heart of the home defence and unleash a well-hit strike from 25 yards.
Steven Saunders was booked for a trip on Templeton 25 yards out but Elliot curled the resulting free-kick over the bar.
The home fans were lifted when Skacel came on and Stephen Elliott made his first appearance since the opening day of the season after recovering from a hamstring injury.
But they were silenced within 60 seconds. Hateley broke and found Humphrey, who beat Jonsson and crossed for the unmarked Blackman to guide a cushioned volley into the corner of the net from six yards.
Thomson was booked for a wild challenge on Murphy but soon made a more positive contribution when he crossed for Kyle, who looked certain to score from four yards until Mark Reynolds ghosted past him to make a superb clearance.
Motherwell came close again when Kello spilled Lasley's 20-yard drive but recovered to divert Sutton's follow-up over the bar, although referee Mike Tumilty gave a goal kick.
But Sutton was soon celebrating in the 70th minute. Humphrey again skinned Jonsson and ran along the byline before driving the ball into the goalmouth for Sutton to tap in.
Hearts never looked like getting back in the game and Kello remained busy, denying Blackman from close range before saving long-range efforts from the on-loan Blackburn striker, Hateley and substitute Ross Forbes.
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