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Michael Duberry fouled by Stephen Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Cleveland Taylor fouled by Lee Wallace, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Wallace receives a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig.
The ball is swung over by Jason Thomson, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Murray Davidson produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Foul by Arvydas Novikovas on Cleveland Taylor, free kick awarded. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by Stephen Elliott. Free kick taken by Chris Millar.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Craig Thomson, Michael Duberry makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Arvydas Novikovas, clearance by Ruben Palazuelos.
Kevin Rutkiewicz fouled by Stephen Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Craig Thomson, clearance by Michael Duberry.
Darren Barr fouled by Sam Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Kevin Kyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Duberry. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Suso Santana leaves the field to be replaced by Arvydas Novikovas.
Shot from long range by Ian Black goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Suso Santana by Steven Anderson. Steven Anderson sent from the field by the ref for violent conduct. Free kick taken by Suso Santana.
Ruben Palazuelos fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Kevin Kyle takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Cleveland Taylor is ruled offside. Marcus Haber goes off and Collin Samuel comes on. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Darren Barr on Michael Duberry, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Jody Morris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas. Craig Thomson takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson, Kevin Kyle has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
The referee blows for offside against Marcus Haber. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Stephen Elliott on for David Templeton. Kevin Kyle replaces Calum Elliot.
Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig from right channel, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
The referee cautions Suso Santana for unsporting behaviour.
Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line played to the near post, Jason Thomson makes a clearance.
Liam Craig takes the outswinging corner, Ruben Palazuelos makes a clearance.
Marcus Haber delivers the ball, Marian Kello makes a save.
Suso Santana crosses the ball, clearance by Chris Millar.
Suso Santana is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the right by-line, clearance by Michael Duberry.
The ball is sent over by Lee Wallace, Murray Davidson gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Craig Thomson, Suso Santana has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Calum Elliot, clearance made by Michael Duberry.
Chris Millar challenges David Templeton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Thomson, clearance made by Liam Craig.
Kevin Rutkiewicz joins the action as a substitute, replacing David MacKay.
Corner taken by Craig Thomson, clearance by Sam Parkin.
Corner taken by Craig Thomson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Murray Davidson.
Craig Thomson crosses the ball, clearance by Michael Duberry.
David MacKay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Calum Elliot. David MacKay receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Lee Wallace takes the direct free kick.
Centre by David Templeton.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Thomson, clearance by David MacKay.
Sam Parkin finds the back of the net with a headed goal from just inside the penalty area. Hearts 1-1 St Johnstone.The assist for the goal came from Cleveland Taylor.
Corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line, save by Marian Kello.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Suso Santana. Suso Santana takes the free kick. The ball is sent over by Lee Wallace, Calum Elliot grabs a headed goal from close in. Hearts 1-0 St Johnstone.Assist on the goal came from Lee Wallace.
Cleveland Taylor sends in a cross.
Jody Morris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Calum Elliot. The referee cautions Jody Morris for unsporting behaviour. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Parkin by Ian Black. Liam Craig takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Suso Santana, clearance made by David MacKay.
Foul by Ian Black on Jody Morris, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Craig.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Thomson, clearance made by Liam Craig. Corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson, Darren Barr has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
Shot from long distance by Chris Millar misses to the right of the target.
Ian Black challenges Jody Morris unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig.
Jody Morris challenges Ian Black unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ruben Palazuelos.
Lee Wallace delivers the ball, Shot from close range by Craig Thomson clears the bar.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Marcus Haber. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Foul by Ian Black on Cleveland Taylor, free kick awarded. Jody Morris shoots direct from the free kick.
David Templeton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David MacKay. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig from right wing, clearance by Jason Thomson.
Daniel Grainger leaves the field to be replaced by Cleveland Taylor. Inswinging corner taken by Craig Thomson, clearance by Murray Davidson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Black by Jody Morris. Free kick crossed by Craig Thomson, clearance made by Daniel Grainger.
Foul by Jody Morris on Ruben Palazuelos, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Liam Craig takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
Calum Elliot takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is sent over by Liam Craig, Chris Millar produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 6 yards. Save by Marian Kello.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig.
Lee Wallace produces a cross, save made by Peter Enckelman.
David MacKay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Templeton. Ruben Palazuelos takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against David Templeton. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by David Templeton goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
The referee blows for half time.
The game restarts for the second half.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Elliott set for Hearts bow
Hearts manager Jim Jefferies hopes to hand a debut to new striker Stephen Elliott in Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League curtain-raiser against St Johnstone.
The former Preston marksman is set to be included in the squad and could feature alongside fellow summer recruit Kevin Kyle, who has recovered from groin surgery.
Hearts are without suspended trio Eggert Jonsson, Ismael Bouzid and Ryan Stevenson, while David Obua (groin), Andy Driver (knee) and Gary Glen (hamstring) are sidelined.
Jefferies has challenged his players to fulfill the supporters' expectations by securing a European place in the coming campaign.
The Tynecastle outfit host St Johnstone on Saturday in the opening weekend of the Clydesdale Bank SPL and are bidding to improve on last term's sixth-placed finish.
Despite that disappointment, the club's fans are set to turn out in force again after snapping up over 10,000 season tickets for the sixth successive year.
They have been buoyed by the summer signings of strikers Kevin Kyle and Stephen Elliott and Falkirk defender Darren Barr, and Jefferies knows the supporters want to see an improvement on last term.
He said: "It's not just about Jim Jefferies having a realistic target, it's about Hearts having a realistic target which is they should be up at the right
end of the table competing for the European places and putting a challenge in to the Old Firm.
"It's about getting a team on the pitch and getting everything right behind the scenes to push for that challenge. This club has its own expectations and it's up to us to fulfil them.
"They're wanting to see a good Hearts side up there, they want to see us playing a certain way and we have to give them that as well.
"These boys have worked their socks off to reach that and it's in their hands, they have to show they're good enough to match that expectation.
"It's not easy, we know there is not a lot between the sides outside the Old Firm and there are quite a few clubs with the same ambition so it should make for quite a competitive season."
St Johnstone have doubts over three key defenders.
Kevin Rutkiewicz (calf), Dave Mackay (back) and Michael Duberry (groin) will have late fitness tests.
Long-term injured Martin Hardie, Peter MacDonald and Kevin Moon are out until September at least.
Derek McInnes described as "perfect" St Johnstone's trip to Tynecastle despite the Perth club's poor opening-day record in the top flight.
This will be the Saints' 13th Premier League campaign since league reconstruction in 1975 and the club's official website revealed this week that the Perth men have won only once in their previous 12 starts, against Dundee United in their first Premier League match 35 years ago.
However, the St Johnstone manager is unconcerned about the record books and looking forward to taking his side to what he believes to be one of the most atmospherical grounds in Scotland.
"I wasn't aware of that statistic until someone told me on Thursday but it doesn't affect me," McInnes told Press Association Sport.
"It has nothing to do with the current squad other than last season when we drew 2-2 with Motherwell at McDiarmid Park.
"We will just be looking to get off to a good start and this is the perfect game to start the season.
"I love Tynecastle and loved going there as a player.
"It is a stadium which generates great enthusiasm and the atmosphere makes every game like a cup-tie
"We will take a good support down there with us but it will be a difficult game.
"They have a manager in place in Jim Jefferies who has a great affection for the club and he has made some good signings.
"Stephen Elliott has a good pedigree and if he teams up with Kevin Kyle then that could be a strong combination."
Parkin poops the Hearts party
St Johnstone striker Sam Parkin scored a goal on his debut to keep Hearts' new signings in the shade and earn his side a 1-1 draw.
The former Walsall forward levelled on the stroke of half-time after Calum Elliot headed the hosts in front just seconds earlier.
New Hearts strikers Kevin Kyle and Stephen Elliot were given a standing ovation when they made their first appearances as 65th-minute substitutes but the pair failed to influence the outcome of this Clydesdale Bank Premier League opener.
The visitors held on at the end despite being reduced to 10 men in the 74th minute when Steven Anderson was dismissed for a rash tackle on Suso Santana.
Hearts were fast out of the blocks and created the first chance after just 30 seconds. Ian Black's inch-perfect cross-field pass found David Templeton and he cut inside on his right-foot from the left flank before pulling a low shot just wide from 18 yards.
The pint-sized winger had the ball in the back of the net moments later but he was adjudged to have been in an offside position as he accepted Suso's pass.
St Johnstone had their first sight of goal when Michael Duberry's header from Liam Craig's corner caused problems, but Hearts breathed a sigh of relief as the ball cannoned off Danny Grainger for a goal kick.
Another teasing delivery from Craig picked out Chris Millar at the back post but his tame volley on the stretch was well saved by Marian Kello.
That seemed to spur Hearts into action as Elliot struck a low effort that debutant goalkeeper Peter Enckelman got down well to.
The away side were dealt a blow in the 20th minute when Grainger had to be carried off with his right leg in a brace after colliding with the side-netting as he flicked Craig Thomson's free-kick out of Elliot's reach, and Cleveland Taylor came on for his debut.
After a Hearts' counter-attack broke down when Craig Thomson failed to find Elliot, the midfielder then fed Ruben Palazuelos who swivelled and hit a left-footed strike just over the crossbar.
In a frantic ending to the first half Hearts took the lead in the 44th minute through Elliot but Saints drew level within 60 seconds.
Firstly the hosts broke the deadlock when Elliot met Lee Wallace's cross at the near post to head past Enckelman.
However, the visitors were level courtesy of a debut goal from Parkin after he met Taylor's far-post cross.
Craig Thomson's driving cross from the right that was destined for Elliot was headed over his own crossbar by Duberry as the hosts started the second period more brightly.
Kyle and Elliott made their entrance to a roaring welcome with 25 minutes to go and the change in atmosphere helped swing the momentum after the visitors had enjoyed a concerted spell of territory.
St Johnstone were down to 10 when Anderson recklessly lunged into the back of Suso, who had earlier been booked for diving, on the near-side touchline.
Hearts' numerical advantage saw Saints play with Parkin as their lone marksman, with Chris Millar dropping back to compensate for Anderson's absence.
Hearts were looking to hit high balls into Kyle but commanding defender Duberry superbly marshalled his defence and the former Chelsea player was on hand to head the ball off the line in the 85th minute as Kyle's looping header seemed goalbound.
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