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Goal scored by Rudolf Skacel from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 3-0 St Mirren.The assist for the goal came from Darren Barr.
Garry Brady crosses the ball, clearance by Darren Barr.
Jure Travner fouled by Ian Black, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.
Garry Brady produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Paul McGowan, clearance made by Ruben Palazuelos.
Kevin Kyle is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Kyle on Marc McAusland. Direct free kick taken by Marc McAusland.
Michael Higdon goes off and Paul McQuade comes on.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rudolf Skacel, clearance by Darren McGregor.
Corner taken by Rudolf Skacel from the left by-line, clearance made by Darren McGregor.
Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Patrick Cregg results in a free kick. Ian Black takes the free kick.
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a brilliant save.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.
Garry Brady comes on in place of Hugh Murray.
David Templeton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Suso Santana.
Kevin Kyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Marc McAusland crosses the ball, Ismael Bouzid manages to make a clearance.
Darren McGregor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Kyle. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.
Ian Black is brought on as a substitute for Adrian Mrowiec.
Stephen Elliott on for Calum Elliot.
Calum Elliot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren McGregor. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Marc McAusland sends in a cross.
Calum Elliot fouled by Hugh Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Rudolf Skacel crosses the ball in from the free kick, Craig Samson makes a save.
Gareth Wardlaw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marian Kello. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
A cross is delivered by Marc McAusland, save by Marian Kello.
Aaron Mooy replaces Kenneth McLean.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul McGowan on Darren Barr. Eggert Jonsson takes the direct free kick.
Hugh Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Rudolf Skacel. Ismael Bouzid restarts play with the free kick.
Calum Elliot produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
Calum Elliot has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Corner from left by-line taken by Rudolf Skacel.
Calum Elliot produces a cross, clearance made by John Potter.
The ball is swung over by Rudolf Skacel.
Outswinging corner taken by Rudolf Skacel from the left by-line, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Ruben Palazuelos restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Eggert Jonsson on Jure Travner, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jure Travner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc McAusland by Calum Elliot. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Adrian Mrowiec results in a free kick. Patrick Cregg takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hugh Murray on Rudolf Skacel. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Rudolf Skacel, clearance by Marc McAusland.
The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
Kenneth McLean fouled by Suso Santana, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Patrick Cregg, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
Rudolf Skacel takes the inswinging corner, Kevin Kyle produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Rudolf Skacel takes a shot from 12 yards. John Potter gets a block in.
Foul by Ruben Palazuelos on Marc McAusland, free kick awarded. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Calum Elliot by Patrick Cregg results in a free kick. Darren Barr takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Hugh Murray, Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul McGowan, Ruben Palazuelos makes a clearance.
Gareth Wardlaw challenges Suso Santana unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc McAusland by Calum Elliot. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
Kevin Kyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Jure Travner. Direct free kick taken by Jure Travner.
Kenneth McLean receives a yellow card. Kenneth McLean challenges Darren Barr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rudolf Skacel crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Craig Samson.
Kevin Kyle is caught offside. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Rudolf Skacel grabs a goal from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Hearts 2-0 St Mirren.John Potter challenges Kevin Kyle unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Gareth Wardlaw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marian Kello. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Eggert Jonsson on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.
Kevin Kyle takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Marc McAusland crosses the ball.
The referee shows Hugh Murray a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Suso Santana fouled by Hugh Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rudolf Skacel, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul McGowan played to the near post, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a comfortable save.
Corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel, Paul McGowan manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Kyle. Craig Samson takes the indirect free kick.
Darren Barr produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc McAusland by Kevin Kyle. John Potter takes the free kick.
Michael Higdon produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Adrian Mrowiec challenges Patrick Cregg unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Hugh Murray.
Darren Barr takes a shot. John Potter gets a block in.
Calum Elliot produces a cross, save by Craig Samson.
Rudolf Skacel grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 St Mirren.The assist for the goal came from Suso Santana.
The game kicks-off.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
The second half has started.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Black broken for Hearts
Hearts could again be without Ian Black for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against St Mirren.
The midfielder has broken bones in his hand and Hearts will make a late decision over whether to risk him.
Andrew Driver (thigh), David Obua (groin) and Lee Wallace (knee) remain on the sidelines.
Calum Elliot is happy to be harangued in stereo as he believes the promptings of Hearts manager Jim Jefferies and strike partner Kevin Kyle are making him a better player.
Elliot has netted four goals this season after forming a promising partnership with Kyle, a summer signing from Kilmarnock.
Kyle recently called for his team-mates to find their voice on the pitch to help each other through difficult matches and cut out any problems instantly.
And Elliot believes he is learning from the former Sunderland striker, who notched the only goal last weekend as Hearts won at Aberdeen to set them up for home games against St Mirren and Kilmarnock.
"I've been doing better because the team has been doing well," he said. "It's good to play alongside Kevin, and the wingers have been supplying us as well.
"He wins his headers and you have to make sure you are there for the flick-ons, and put the ball in the back of the net.
"He's not exactly the shyest of guys. He will talk you through matches and if you make a mistake he will tell you to just get on with it. He has been good to play alongside and good to learn off.
"You can't have enough talkers on the pitch and Kevin is certainly a talker.
"If we're not getting results it's easy to say we are a quiet team. But, as long as we play the way we have been in recent weeks, I think we can do well."
Jefferies has never been one to leave his feelings unexpressed and Elliot is happy for the manager to keep telling him where he is going wrong.
"He is always on at me on the pitch and I think that's probably a good thing because it keeps me on my toes and makes me do better," the 23-year-old said.
"I feel as if we're doing better this season and long may it continue."
St Mirren boss Danny Lennon is hoping to have Aaron Mooy in his squad.
The 20-year-old Australian midfielder is training with Saints while the Paisley club try to come to a financial agreement with Bolton.
Goalkeeper Paul Gallacher is out after undergoing knee surgery while Steven Thomson (calf), David Barron (knee), Craig Dargo (knee) and Sean Lynch (knock) are still sidelined.
St Mirren defender John Potter believes "silly mistakes" have left the Buddies propping up the table.
Lennon refurbished the Saints squad when he took over as boss in the summer and his side began the season in decent form.
However, that promising start soon gave way to the harsh reality of life in the SPL and the Paisley men picked up their first point in five weeks last Saturday in the 2-2 home draw against Hamilton.
Potter, 30, said: "We are scoring goals and if we can tighten up at the back and stop leaking silly goals, we can start winning games.
"Everyone who has come to the club is learning quite quickly that silly mistakes are punished in the SPL.
"It might not be a silly mistake in front of your own goal, it might be a mistake further up the park and that leads to giving chances away.
"But we have found out this season if we give chances away, more often than not the ball is put in the back of the net.
"First goals in games are vital and in the run we have been on, we have been giving away first goals and sometimes two goals so if we can cut that out I'm positive that we can get results."
Skacel treble propels Hearts
Rudi Skacel's hat-trick helped Hearts claim a 3-0 victory - their first home win of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season - to deepen St Mirren's gloom.
The Czech Republic international's cultured left-foot was the source for two first-half goals - the first after a minute and 14 seconds and the second a curling free-kick after 24 minutes - and he struck a third in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the game.
Saints had few chances of note and now have five points from nine matches this term and are still seeking their first points away from Paisley.
Skacel has now scored four times in four appearances since returning to Hearts for a second spell.
There were suggestions Skacel's recruitment last month was at the behest of Hearts majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov, rather than at the request of manager Jim Jefferies.
But Jefferies will surely be a happy man after Skacel, who helped Hearts win the Scottish Cup in 2006 before departing for Southampton, earned a second straight win and a first win from five home games this term.
There also appeared to be progress in the contract impasse with Marius Zaliukas as the captain started a second straight game - the first, against Aberdeen last week, also ending in victory.
Zaliukas was named in an unchanged starting XI and little more than a minute after the start Skacel had fired Hearts in front from 20 yards.
Suso Santana beat his man down the right and forged forward before finding Kevin Kyle inside the area.
The striker laid the ball off for Skacel, who took a touch to steady himself before firing a low left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
Michael Higdon failed to connect well when presented with an eighth-minute opportunity by Kenny McLean as Hearts were almost caught unaware by the visitors.
Paul McGowan prodded an effort straight at Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello following Higdon's knock-down, with the hosts looking fragile at the back.
Hugh Murray was cautioned in the 18th minute for bringing down Santana, but Skacel's delivery from the resulting free-kick could not find a Hearts head.
John Potter was penalised for blocking Calum Elliot in a dangerous position 20 yards out after 24 minutes, presenting Skacel with an opportunity from a free-kick.
And the midfielder this time did not disappoint, curling in from 20 yards to give Craig Samson no chance.
Hearts were content to allow St Mirren more possession but held the visitors at bay.
A loose ball then broke for Zaliukas to run the length of the field.
Urged on to shoot as he approached the edge of the visitors' area, Zaliukas instead opted to play the ball to the left for Skacel.
The midfielder's shot ricocheted off a Saints defender and against the bar.
Neither side could keep possession long enough early in the second half to fashion a meaningful chance.
Elliot could not find the target following a 54th-minute corner and then dragged a tame shot wide soon after.
Skacel, Eggert Jonsson and Santana then contrived to fluff a free-kick - the ball moving just a yard sideways - before Aaron Mooy, who signed from Bolton yesterday, was given his debut and 30 minutes to impress by Saints boss Danny Lennon.
Stephen Elliott was brought on up front in place of Elliot and Ian Black replaced Adrian Mrowiec as Jefferies sought more intensity from his side.
But after Saints substitute Garry Brady had fired narrowly over it was Skacel who provided the game's third goal with the final kick of the contest.
The midfielder cut in from the right without being closed down and made space for himself to hit a right-footed shot low into the bottom right corner.
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