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Steve May takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
Corner taken by Cleveland Taylor from the left by-line, David Obua makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Chris Millar, Marian Kello makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Lee Wallace.
Andrew Driver sends in a cross, clearance made by Steven Anderson.
Shot from 25 yards from Jody Morris. Blocked by Marius Zaliukas.
Effort on goal by Stephen Elliott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Peter MacDonald.
Ruben Palazuelos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Millar. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by David MacKay.
Andrew Driver receives a yellow card. Andrew Driver concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Jody Morris crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Craig Thomson manages to make a clearance.
David Obua gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Millar. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Ryan Stevenson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rudolf Skacel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Thomson on Steve May. Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ruben Palazuelos by Jody Morris. Marian Kello takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Craig Thomson.
Peter MacDonald is brought on as a substitute for Collin Samuel.
The referee shows Murray Davidson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Stephen Elliott produces a cross, save by Peter Enckelman.
The referee blows for offside against Michael Duberry. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Foul by Rudolf Skacel on Jody Morris, free kick awarded. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.
Suso Santana leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Driver.
Gary Glen goes off and Stephen Elliott comes on.
The ball is sent over by Collin Samuel, Marian Kello makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Craig Thomson, save by Peter Enckelman.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line, clearance by Liam Craig.
Craig Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Collin Samuel. Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
Suso Santana has an effort at goal. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Gary Glen crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Duberry.
Suso Santana concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Craig. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
David Obua fouled by Liam Craig, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Thomson, Murray Davidson manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Collin Samuel on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Morris by Ian Black. Direct free kick taken by Chris Millar.
Collin Samuel takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Drilled left-footed shot by Rudolf Skacel. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David MacKay on David Obua. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
Steve May produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
Suso Santana produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Suso Santana goes into the book. Free kick awarded for a foul by Suso Santana on Liam Craig. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Lee Wallace, Gary Glen has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Suso Santana concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Liam Craig concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Glen. Rudolf Skacel takes the direct free kick.
Gary Glen concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Duberry. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Alan Maybury leaves the field to be replaced by Steve May.
Sam Parkin goes off and Cleveland Taylor comes on.
Craig Thomson delivers the ball.
Rudolf Skacel crosses the ball, save made by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is swung over by Suso Santana, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Shot by Rudolf Skacel from 18 yards. Blocked by Michael Duberry.
Corner taken by Craig Thomson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Murray Davidson.
The official flags Sam Parkin offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Suso Santana takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is crossed by Liam Craig, Murray Davidson has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is sent over by Craig Thomson, save by Peter Enckelman.
Lee Wallace takes a shot. Michael Duberry gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Marius Zaliukas, Alan Maybury makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Gary Glen by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Lee Wallace restarts play with the free kick.
Ian Black concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Parkin on Ruben Palazuelos. Direct free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Rudolf Skacel misses to the left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Craig Thomson.
Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Collin Samuel results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David MacKay by David Obua. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Ian Black.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Black by Sam Parkin. Free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
Marius Zaliukas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Collin Samuel. Michael Duberry takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Lee Wallace delivers the ball.
The assistant referee flags for offside against David MacKay. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Suso Santana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Maybury. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.
Rudolf Skacel gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 St Johnstone.The assist for the goal came from Craig Thomson.
Jody Morris takes the inswinging corner, save made by Marian Kello.
Kyle a doubt for Hearts
Kevin Kyle remains Hearts' biggest injury concern ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Johnstone.
Striker Kyle has missed the last three matches with a groin problem and is doubtful alongside Calum Elliot, Darren Barr and Jason Thomson.
Rudi Skacel, who has been struggling with a calf problem, came off at half-time in the 4-0 loss at Celtic on Wednesday, but Andrew Driver (thigh) is the only definite absentee.
Gary Glen maintains Hearts remain in the hunt at the top despite the midweek rout.
Hearts defeated Rangers last Saturday to extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches, but no sooner had their title aspirations been boosted than they were trounced at Parkhead by the leaders.
But the 20-year-old striker said: "We're not out of it now, we're going to keep doing our best and we need to get results.
"We've got a big game on Saturday and we're looking forward to that - we need to get a result there.
"We've got the fight; we believe in ourselves."
Danny Grainger is out for St Johnstone due to suspension so Alan Maybury is poised to return.
Jamie Adams is available after overcoming injury and illness.
Skacel strike puts Hearts back on winning trail
Hearts deservedly returned to winning ways as Rudi Skacel's third-minute goal earned them a 1-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory over St Johnstone at Tynecastle.
Skacel converted Craig Thomson's early cross but missed a second-half chance to put the contest beyond doubt as Jim Jefferies' men bounced back from the midweek loss at Celtic to record a 13th win in the last 16 SPL games.
St Johnstone, who beat Hearts in the Scottish Cup earlier this month, were on the back foot throughout and saw their five-match unbeaten run come to an end.
The result saw Hearts cut the gap to Celtic and Rangers at the top of the table, with the Old Firm duo in Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-final action this weekend.
Hearts, who beat Rangers last weekend and meet them again on Wednesday, had won 10 of the previous 11 league games before a 4-0 defeat at Parkhead hampered their hopes of challenging the Old Firm at the top of the SPL.
Their only previous loss since October had come in the Scottish Cup to Saints and they had amassed 37 points out of a possible 45 in 15 games.
The visitors, though, had only lost at Celtic in their last nine games and defeated Motherwell in midweek.
With Hearts majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov making a rare appearance at Tynecastle the hosts - featuring five changes from the loss at Celtic - were keen to make a swift start and they did just that.
Marian Kello collected Jody Morris' corner and launched a long kick forward which Suso Santana headed on for Thomson.
Thomson went in behind Alan Maybury, deputising for the suspended Danny Grainger, and sent in an early low cross behind the Saints defence for Skacel to net as he rushed into the area.
It was the midfielder's eighth of the season.
Santana fluffed an opportunity when Lee Wallace's cross from the left eluded Skacel and caught the winger by surprise as he failed to control the ball.
Skacel shot wide from the edge of the area after 17 minutes as Hearts continued to press forward, with Thomson and Wallace proving particularly effective coming forward from full-back.
Murray Davidson volleyed wide as he stretched to reach Liam Craig's cross as Saints had their first opportunity after 26 minutes.
David Obua had a shot from an acute angle palmed away by Peter Enckelman, with Skacel unable to convert the rebound.
Collin Samuel's shot then did not trouble Kello and Saints boss Derek McInnes made two changes, clearly unhappy with his side's performance.
Sam Parkin was replaced by Cleveland Taylor and ex-Hearts defender Maybury, who endured a torrid first 39 minutes, by Steven May.
But still Hearts attacked and Gary Glen stabbed wide from Wallace's cross before half-time and Skacel missed a glorious opportunity to put the result beyond doubt early in the second half.
The midfielder shot straight at a grateful Enckelman when presented with a straightforward opportunity by Wallace.
Santana struck a snap-shot from the edge of the area which Enckelman failed to hold at the first attempt as Hearts continued to search for a second goal.
Stephen Elliott replaced Glen and Andrew Driver came on for Santana to make his first appearance of the season following a thigh injury.
Peter MacDonald, whose late strike earned Saints their cup victory over Hearts, replaced Samuel as McInnes made his third and final change.
But MacDonald was not so fortunate on this occasion as the game concluded on a scrappy note.
Elliott required treatment for a dislocated little finger on his left hand but was able to continue and Skacel was replaced by Ryan Stevenson.
May caught Thomson with a high challenge which enraged Jefferies before Driver was booked.
Elliott shot wide before failing to convert following a fine run by Driver.
There were four minutes of stoppage time, but Saints could not find a leveller and Hearts were unable to net a second.
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