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The referee blows for offside against Martin Scott. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Mehdi Taouil gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Scott. Direct free kick taken by Marc Fitzpatrick.
Unfair challenge on Martin Scott by Marius Zaliukas results in a free kick. Marc Fitzpatrick restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Ryan Stevenson from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Ross Tokely is brought on as a substitute for Iain Vigurs.
Colin McMenamin is shown a yellow card for time wasting.
Martin Scott takes a shot. Jamie MacDonald makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Martin Scott results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Grainger from left channel, clearance made by Marc Fitzpatrick.
Daniel Grainger produces a cross, Grant Munro makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Ryan McGowan.
Callum Paterson leaves the field to be replaced by Gordon Smith.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Iain Vigurs, Callum Paterson makes a clearance.
Martin Scott joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Glen.
The ball is crossed by Ryan McGowan, clearance made by Grant Munro.
Richard Brittain crosses the ball.
Andy Webster delivers the ball, save by Michael Fraser.
Corner from right by-line taken by Ryan Stevenson.
Shot from 18 yards by John Sutton. Save made by Michael Fraser.
A goal is scored by Stuart Kettlewell from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 1-2 Ross County.The assist for the goal came from Iain Vigurs.
Foul by Grant Munro on Callum Paterson, free kick awarded. The referee shows Grant Munro a yellow card. Shot comes in from Daniel Grainger from the free kick.
Iain Vigurs takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.
Ryan Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Fitzpatrick. Colin McMenamin on for Rocco Quinn. Michael Fraser takes the direct free kick.
John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Boyd. Michael Fraser restarts play with the free kick.
(Hearts) makes a substitution, with John Sutton coming on for Arvydas Novikovas.
The ball is crossed by Arvydas Novikovas, Callum Paterson produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the area and strikes the post.
Foul by Scott Boyd on Ryan McGowan, free kick awarded. Jamie MacDonald takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Driver on Stuart Kettlewell. Richard Brittain takes the direct free kick.
Mihael Kovacevic goes into the book.
Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Michael Fraser makes a save. Effort on goal by Andrew Driver from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Marc Fitzpatrick by Andrew Driver results in a free kick. Michael Fraser takes the direct free kick.
Scott Boyd is adjudged to have handled the ball. Ryan Stevenson restarts play with the free kick.
Stuart Kettlewell challenges Andy Webster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.
Daniel Grainger handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The referee shows Andrew Driver a yellow card. Scott Boyd takes the direct free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Callum Paterson goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is sent over by Andrew Driver, clearance by Grant Munro.
Callum Paterson fouled by Scott Boyd, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Stevenson.
A cross is delivered by Ryan Stevenson.
Ryan McGowan is penalised for a handball. Grant Munro takes the direct free kick.
Andy Webster challenges Iain Vigurs unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Andy Webster receives a yellow card. Penalty taken right-footed by Richard Brittain and scored. Hearts 1-1 Ross County.
Callum Paterson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Boyd. Direct free kick taken by Grant Munro.
A cross is delivered by Arvydas Novikovas.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson, clearance by Marc Fitzpatrick.
The ball is delivered by Ryan McGowan, clearance by Scott Boyd.
Arvydas Novikovas takes a shot. Save made by Michael Fraser. Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, Darren Barr takes a shot. Clearance made by Iain Vigurs.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Andrew Driver misses to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson by Mark Fotheringham results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Ryan Stevenson fouled by Richard Brittain, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie MacDonald takes the direct free kick.
Rocco Quinn sends in a cross, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
Daniel Grainger concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Brittain. Iain Vigurs restarts play with the free kick.
Arvydas Novikovas grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 Ross County.The assist for the goal came from Marius Zaliukas.
Foul by Andy Webster on Iain Vigurs, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark Fotheringham.
The ball is crossed by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Grant Munro.
A cross is delivered by Andrew Driver.
The ball is crossed by Andrew Driver.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Callum Paterson. Free kick taken by Michael Fraser.
Corner taken by Ryan Stevenson, Darren Barr takes a shot. Scott Boyd manages to make a clearance.
The referee gives a free kick against Richard Brittain for handball. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger, Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Gary Glen gets a block in.
Daniel Grainger sends in a cross.
Corner taken short by Daniel Grainger.
The referee blows for offside. Jamie MacDonald takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Mihael Kovacevic. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
Daniel Grainger takes a shot. Iain Vigurs gets a block in.
Richard Brittain concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Stevenson. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Stevenson.
Grant Munro concedes a free kick for a foul on Callum Paterson. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Stevenson.
The ball is swung over by Andrew Driver, save by Michael Fraser.
The offside flag is raised against Gary Glen. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mihael Kovacevic on Daniel Grainger. Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.
Richard Brittain takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Grainger. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Richard Brittain, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
Ryan McGowan produces a cross.
Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Grant Munro manages to make a clearance. Ryan Stevenson has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
Daniel Grainger produces a cross, Richard Brittain gets a block in.
Mehdi Taouil fouled by Iain Vigurs, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mehdi Taouil.
Callum Paterson fouled by Marc Fitzpatrick, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Daniel Grainger from the free kick, Grant Munro manages to make a clearance.
Rocco Quinn delivers the ball.
Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Marius Zaliukas has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Arvydas Novikovas misses to the left of the target.
The offside flag is raised against Ryan Stevenson. Direct free kick taken by Michael Fraser.
Andrew Driver sends in a cross, Grant Munro makes a clearance.
Points penalty would be double blow - MacDonald
Goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald feels it would be the Hearts players and supporters who would suffer if heavier sanctions are imposed for future delayed payment of players.
Hearts were this week issued with a player registration embargo of 60 days, until December 23, by the Scottish Premier League after admitting to failing to pay all of their players and staff on schedule for September and October.
Finances have been tight at Tynecastle since majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov revealed he was disillusioned with football and four times last season wages were delivered late.
MacDonald understands punishments must be meted out, but is concerned the players will suffer two-fold if stiffer penalties are imposed.
"It's difficult. If you're not working within the rules there have to be sanctions," MacDonald said.
"It is a fair thing to happen. I think there was talk of a point deduction, which I don't think would be fair, it wouldn't be fair on us.
"The last thing we want is to have a points deduction.
"We're the ones already not getting paid and then to get a point deduction on top of that would be quite difficult to take.
"It's a difficult situation. It hasn't been the extremes that it was last year, weeks upon weeks. This time it's been a couple of days and the club have found the money."
Hearts are seeking to address the issue by encouraging fans to purchase a shareholding of up to 10%.
If successful, the share offer, at 11p per share, could accrue #1.79million and the possibility of future fan ownership could be explored.
MacDonald and manager John McGlynn welcomed the scheme.
McGlynn said: "The football club have recognised that they've got a problem and they're trying to do something to get out of that.
"It's a rallying call to get an opportunity to buy in and help the football club when it does need it.
"There are different ways. The share issue is the major one, but getting full houses would also be beneficial, a step in the right direction.
"It would be a good opportunity to try to help the football club over a difficult period of time.
"The more money that comes in is going to help us in the short term and the long term."
McGlynn is frustrated to have to continually address off-field issues, but insists the scheme was not an overnight thought and praised the board for their attempts to address the financial issues at the club.
There are concerns for Hearts' future if the share issue is not well subscribed, but McGlynn defended Romanov's impact on the club, pointing to the two Scottish Cup wins in six years, when cross-city neighbours Hibernian have not lifted the trophy in 111 years.
There are no significant changes to the Hearts squad for the clash with Ross County.
Reserve goalkeeper Mark Ridgers (knee) is in line to return in mid-November and right-back Jamie Hamill is also nearing a comeback following a lengthy absence with a cruciate knee injury.
Fringe player Dale Carrick will be out for six weeks after undergoing a hernia operation this week.
Ross County manager Derek Adams hopes his side can do the Edinburgh double in the capital.
County claimed a 3-2 win over Hibernian in Dingwall last weekend and are seeking a good result at Tynecastle.
Adams said: "We've been doing well. We've scored goals against a team that were second in the league.
"We're in a positive frame of mind, we've come off an excellent result against Hibernian and we want to go to Tynecastle and win.
"If we do that we go two points ahead of them. That's what we've got to look forward to."
County, promoted to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League last term, began their first season in the top flight well, extending their unbeaten league run to 40 games.
Three successive losses prior to the international break saw the streak end before Hibs were beaten.
Adams watched Hearts, subject of a transfer embargo after two consecutive months of failing to pay wages on time, beat Motherwell last Sunday, but is confident his side are capable of an upset.
He added: "They've got a good side, physical side, but we can go there and cause them trouble. We've got to deal with their threats as well."
Former Dundee United defender Mihael Kovacevic made his full debut in the defeat of Hibs along with 19-year-old attacker Steven Ross and both could feature again at Tynecastle.
County have no fresh injury worries, but Sam Morrow and Martin Scott were added to the injury list ahead of the 3-2 win over Hibs and are missing once again, while Alex Cooper (ankle) and Mark Corcoran (groin) are both still out.
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