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The referee signals the end of the game.
Corner taken by Gwion Edwards.
Foul by Ryan Stevenson on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded.
Free kick taken by Kevin McHattie.
Gwion Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Holt.
Liam Caddis replaces David Wotherspoon.
Header by Murray Davidson goes over the bar.
Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the right by-line.
Gary McDonald goes off and Sanel Jahic comes on.
A cross is delivered by Sam Nicholson.
Header by Dylan McGowan misses right.
Corner taken by David Smith.
The ball is sent over by Chris Millar.
David Smith takes a shot. Alan Mannus safely holds on.
The ball is crossed by Kevin McHattie.
Gary Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on David Smith.
Gwion Edwards is brought on as a substitute for Nigel Hasselbaink.
Corner taken by David Smith from the left by-line.
Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Stevenson is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
David Smith is brought on as a substitute for Scott Robinson.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevin McHattie.
Kevin McHattie crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Tom Scobbie challenges Dale Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Jamie Hamill makes a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.
Kevin McHattie takes the free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Gary Miller for handball.
Dale Carrick comes on in place of Callum Paterson.
Jordan McGhee sends in a cross.
Sam Nicholson is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Walker.
Chris Millar takes a shot. Jamie MacDonald parries the ball away.
Stevie May grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Hearts 0-2 St Johnstone.
David Wotherspoon takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by Jamie MacDonald prevents the goal.
Gary McDonald takes a shot. Jamie MacDonald safely holds on.
Free kick taken by Tom Scobbie.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Holt on Murray Davidson.
Jason Holt sends in a cross.
Scott Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McHattie by Murray Davidson.
Shot by Nigel Hasselbaink. Blocked by Danny Wilson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Walker on Murray Davidson.
The second half has started.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jamie Walker.
The ball is delivered by Chris Millar.
Gary Miller crosses the ball.
Dylan McGowan restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Stevie May.
Ryan Stevenson has an effort direct from the free kick. David Mackay gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Jason Holt by Murray Davidson results in a free kick.
Shot by Jamie Walker. David Mackay gets a block in.
Shot by Ryan Stevenson went wide of the right-hand upright.
Nigel Hasselbaink heads the ball into the goal. Hearts 0-1 St Johnstone.Chris Millar provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Robinson by Nigel Hasselbaink.
Centre by Gary Miller.
Danny Wilson takes the free kick.
Stevie May concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Wilson.
The ball is delivered by Nigel Hasselbaink.
Free kick taken by David Mackay.
Jamie Walker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson.
Header by Stevie May goes to the left of the goal.
Nigel Hasselbaink has an effort at goal. A parry by Jamie MacDonald prevents the goal.
Foul by David Wotherspoon on Jamie Hamill, free kick awarded.
Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.
Handball by Nigel Hasselbaink.
Jason Holt delivers the ball.
Jordan McGhee makes a clearance.
Ryan Stevenson challenges Tom Scobbie unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Jamie Walker takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.
Free kick taken by Jamie Walker.
Handball decision goes against Gary Miller.
The referee gets the match started.
Locke backs MacDonald for Scotland
Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald has played himself into contention for a Scotland call-up, according to his Tynecastle boss Gary Locke.
The Jambos keeper produced a number of brave stops to deny Hibernian in Wednesday night's 1-0 Scottish League Cup quarter-final victory at Easter Road.
Among those was a breathtaking block as he pushed Scott Robertson's powerful drive up on to the bar and away to safety in the moments before Ryan Stevenson grabbed the visitors' surprise winner.
Now Locke says the former Scotland Under-21 keeper deserves his chance in a full international.
Injured Hull number one Allan McGregor will miss Scotland's friendly encounters with the United States and Norway later this month and Locke believes MacDonald is good enough to deputise.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Scottish Premiership clash at home to St Johnstone, he said: "We had Jamie MacDonald to thank in those early moments at Easter Road. He has been outstanding this season and Wednesday night was not the first time he has made saves like that.
"I hope he gets the recognition he deserves shortly because he is a fantastic goalkeeper and has really improved over the last two years. Working with Alan Combe has brought him on leaps and bounds.
"I'm delighted for him. He's pulled off as good a save as you will see this season from Scott Robertson to keep us in it.
"Without a shadow of a doubt he is Scotland quality but I am not here to pick the Scotland team. However, if he keeps playing the way he is, I'm sure Gordon Strachan and Jim Stewart will have a look at him."
Locke hopes Hearts' midweek victory against bitter rivals Hibs will work in his side's favour.
Docked 15 points for going into administration and banned from signing new players, the Gorgie manager's young squad let early gains slip by collecting only one point from their last seven Scottish Premiership games.
Now Locke hopes his rejuvenated side can start the process of chipping away at the 15-point gap separating them from safety all over again at home to St Johnstone on Saturday, where he has a full squad to select from.
He said: "The confidence was a bit low but the only way you will regain that is by winning games. Winning a game of Wednesday's magnitude has had an effect already and you can see the lads are on a crest of a wave.
"The good thing from my point of view is that they are learning all the time. At the start of the season we knew it was going to be difficult and we have made mistakes.
"But the other night at Easter Road showed that when they do concentrate for 90 minutes we are not a bad side.
"I'm not kidding myself. We are a young squad and some of the lads are maybe not ready for this yet but we don't have any other options. We have to put them in and so far that have been fantastic to a man... or a boy."
Chris Millar believes St Johnstone and Hearts will both be buoyed by cup confidence when they clash at Tynecastle.
Midfielder Millar helped the Saints to a 1-0 Scottish League Cup quarter-final win over Morton at Cappielow on Wednesday night.
St Johnstone were paired with Aberdeen in the semi-finals while Hearts, who are 15 points adrift of St Mirren at the bottom of the table, face Inverness, but Millar has turned his focus to the league.
The midfielder said: "It is Hearts on Saturday, we want to kick on now, that's what we want to do to cement our top six place.
"They will be buoyant, like us, and they always have a fantastic crowd at Tynecastle.
"The fans get right behind the team and they will still believe they can make up the points but we have got to go there and believe we can get a win and try to get a run of wins put together.
"They have been struggling at the bottom of the league, with a young side and with injuries but we have just got to look after ourselves and our confidence will be massive after Wednesday night."
Saints striker Steven MacLean could return from a knee injury if he proves his fitness on his return to full training on Friday.
Frazer Wright serves the second of a three-match league ban and is injured anyway, although an X-ray showed no leg break following the League Cup quarter-final against Morton.
Steven Anderson (dislocated thumb) and David Robertson (ankle) remain on the sidelines.
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