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Scott Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Maybury. Alan Maybury crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Scott Robinson manages to make a clearance.
Derek Riordan has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Gordon Smith comes on in place of Suso Santana. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ian Black from the right by-line.
Alan Maybury challenges Suso Santana unfairly and gives away a free kick. Suso Santana crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by David MacKay.
Stephen Elliott leaves the field to be replaced by Mehdi Taouil.
Shot from just outside the box by Marius Zaliukas misses to the right of the goal.
Daniel Grainger fouled by Cillian Sheridan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Suso Santana concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Maybury. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig.
Alan Maybury comes on in place of Callum Davidson.
Rudi Skacel has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Derek Riordan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan McGowan. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Effort on goal by Derek Riordan from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Driver. Direct free kick taken by Alan Mannus.
The offside flag is raised against Scott Robinson. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.
Daniel Grainger is given a yellow card.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Suso Santana by Marcus Haber. Ryan McGowan takes the direct free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Derek Riordan, Marcus Haber has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Corner taken by Derek Riordan, clearance made by Ryan McGowan.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Craig.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Callum Davidson on Suso Santana. Callum Davidson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Effort on goal by Rudi Skacel from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Derek Riordan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Millar. Jamie Adams is brought on as a substitute for Murray Davidson.
Ian Black takes the outswinging corner, Header from inside the area by Marius Zaliukas strikes the post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Morris on Suso Santana. Caution for Jody Morris. The ball is sent over by Daniel Grainger, Andy Webster finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 2-0 St Johnstone.Daniel Grainger provided the assist for the goal.
Suso Santana is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Alan Mannus.
Scott Robinson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darren Barr.
Ian Black produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
The referee blows for offside. Mark Ridgers restarts play with the free kick.
Daniel Grainger concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Millar. Liam Craig crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Steven Anderson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Ridgers.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Driver by Jody Morris. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Andy Webster by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Mark Ridgers takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Stephen Elliott. Free kick taken by Cillian Sheridan.
Stephen Elliott fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ian Black, Headed effort from inside the area by Marius Zaliukas misses to the left of the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Murray Davidson. Mark Ridgers restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber by Ian Black. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan McGowan on Liam Craig. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig.
Rudi Skacel challenges Jody Morris unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line, Steven Anderson takes a shot. Ian Black gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside. Alan Mannus takes the direct free kick.
Marius Zaliukas takes the outswinging corner, Andy Webster takes a shot. Alan Mannus makes a save. Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Daniel Grainger goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line.
Rudi Skacel finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 St Johnstone.Assist on the goal came from Ryan McGowan.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ian Black.
Unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Stephen Elliott results in a free kick. David MacKay takes the direct free kick, Header by Cillian Sheridan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Andrew Driver results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Murray Davidson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Craig on Andrew Driver. The referee shows Liam Craig a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Rudi Skacel has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Elliott on Alan Mannus. Alan Mannus takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ian Black.
Effort from outside the area by Marius Zaliukas goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Suso Santana by Callum Davidson. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
David McCracken takes a shot. Ryan McGowan gets a block in.
Rudi Skacel takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rudi Skacel by Steven Anderson. Ian Black restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Cillian Sheridan. Free kick taken by Mark Ridgers.
Sergio calls for improved performance
Paulo Sergio has demanded more from his Hearts side as they seek to climb above Sunday's opponents St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and claim a place in Europe.
Victory for St Johnstone, who enter the fixture with a one-point lead over Hearts, would wrap up fifth place for the Perth side and a place in the Europa League next term.
If that were to happen, Hearts' only avenue to continental competition would be by winning the first all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final since 1896.
In what could prove to be his final match at Tynecastle, Sergio is seeking an improved performance after a 2-2 draw at Dundee United and 1-0 loss to Motherwell.
"We lost two great chances to have a better position," said the Hearts boss, who is out of contract this summer.
"We can do better, but the bigger problem was our effectiveness.
"In both games we had six, seven good situations to score and we did not allow great chances for our opponents, but they were effective and we weren't.
"These games are very important to us. We have achieved top six, but if we can be fifth or fourth, we shouldn't want to be sixth.
"Let's keep doing what we have been doing, but we should have better effectiveness to get a result.
"We have a lot to play for in this game and we know that throughout the season we haven't had the better of results against St Johnstone.
"We have lots to prove to ourselves, first of all that we can get a result."
Striker Craig Beattie (hamstring) is again set to miss out, Ian Black continues to nurse a hernia problem while Adrian Mrowiec (knee) has returned to training. Jamie Hamill (knee) is out.
If Hearts finish sixth in the SPL, Sergio insists it would still be a success after a campaign in which there have been numerous off-field concerns, not least delayed payment of player wages.
"We have three games to end the season, most other teams just two," said Sergio, in reference to the May 19 cup final with Hibernian.
"Our target was to be in the top six so it can't be a disappointment when you reach your target and you're in the cup final.
"It was a pity we didn't get the points in the last two games.
"But we still have the chance to be fifth and we're going to fight for that."
Opposite number Steve Lomas insists St Johnstone deserve a European spot for their efforts this season.
The Northern Irishman took over as boss in November following the departure of Derek McInnes to npower Championship side Bristol City and continued the progression of the McDiarmid Park club.
Saints have stumbled in the last month, in part, due to suspension and injury, but find themselves narrowly ahead of Hearts knowing three points on Sunday will guarantee fifth spot.
Asked if his side deserved that place, Lomas said: "I think so. If you look at our budget, if we are not the worst (in the SPL) then we are very close to it.
"So to be in the top six is a massive achievement by the boys, there are no two ways about it. "
Lomas travels to Gorgie encouraged by his side's display in the 1-0 defeat by Celtic at Parkhead on Thursday night, despite it being Saints' third defeat in a row.
Although there was never any real prospect of chalking up their second win in the east end of Glasgow this season, the Perth men were vastly improved from their 5-1 thrashing by Motherwell last week.
The former Manchester City, West Ham and QPR midfielder added: "The encouraging thing is that if we get that level of performance that we got against Celtic, we will be okay.
"Obviously we would have wanted to make a better fist of the games after the split but we have been missing key players.
"We have had five or six of our regular starters out. We had a couple back against Celtic although Chris Millar pulled up again.
"I thought Callum Davidson was magnificent against Celtic, he hadn't played in six weeks but I thought he was brilliant, as they all were, I thought it was a good performance."
Midfielder Millar had to come off just before the break at Celtic Park with a recurrence of a groin injury and will be assessed, as will defender Frazer Wright after he missed out with a knock.
Striker Fransciso Sandaza is suspended, midfielder Lee Croft is still out with a hamstring injury and Dave Mackay is likely to be missing again due to a family issue.
On-loan Celtic forward James Keatings returns after being sidelined for the game against his parent club.
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