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Rudi Skacel gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Hearts 3-2 St Mirren.Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the right by-line to the near post, the assist for the goal came from Scott Robinson.
Effort from outside the box by Craig Thomson goes wide right of the target.
John Potter is brought on as a substitute for Kenny McLean.
Ryan Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Thomson, Scott Robinson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Ian Black fouled by Steven Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Black takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrew Driver played to the near post, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Stevenson finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Hearts 2-2 St Mirren.Stephen Elliott provided the assist for the goal.
Ryan Stevenson has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
The ball is sent over by Craig Thomson.
Gareth Wardlaw on for Aaron Mooy.
Rudi Skacel produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Rudi Skacel takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Jim Goodwin manages to make a clearance.
Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Stevenson. Craig Thomson takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul McGowan from the left by-line, clearance made by Ruben Palazuelos.
Foul by Rudi Skacel on Jure Travner, free kick awarded. Jure Travner restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Higdon gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Hearts 1-2 St Mirren.Jim Goodwin provided the assist for the goal.
Craig Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Craig Thomson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Ruben Palazuelos. Marc McAusland takes the direct free kick.
Michael Higdon booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Andy Webster. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Ryan Stevenson is brought on as a substitute for David Templeton.
Paul McGowan takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.
Effort on goal by Andrew Driver from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Kenny McLean sends in a cross, clearance made by Marius Zaliukas.
Jure Travner is given a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jure Travner on David Templeton. Free kick crossed by Rudi Skacel.
David Templeton takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Robinson.
Goal scored by Rudi Skacel from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 1-1 St Mirren.Assist on the goal came from Craig Thomson.
The ball is swung over by Ruben Palazuelos, Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
The ball is swung over by David Templeton, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Andy Webster. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Craig Thomson produces a cross.
David Templeton produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott by Darren McGregor results in a free kick. Rudi Skacel crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Darren McGregor.
Ian Black sends in a cross.
Foul by David Templeton on Jim Goodwin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
The ball is delivered by Craig Thomson, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Steven Thomson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Rudi Skacel.
Stephen Elliott produces a cross, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
Adrian Mrowiec leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Driver. Scott Robinson replaces David Obua.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Webster by Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by David Obua results in a free kick. Cross/shot by Darren McGregor.
Craig Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean. Jure Travner takes the direct free kick.
Kenny McLean takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mrowiec.
Foul by Paul McGowan on Stephen Elliott, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Thomson from left channel.
Corner taken left-footed by Kenny McLean.
Paul McGowan takes a shot.
Lee Mair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott. The ball is sent over by Craig Thomson, Ruben Palazuelos has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Craig Thomson, clearance made by Lee Mair.
Marc McAusland challenges David Obua unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ruben Palazuelos restarts play with the free kick.
Rudi Skacel produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Lee Mair is shown a yellow card. Lee Mair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Templeton. Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Ian Black. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Craig Thomson delivers the ball, clearance made by Lee Mair.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jure Travner on David Templeton. Rudi Skacel has an effort direct from the free kick.
Michael Higdon fouled by Andy Webster, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Ian Black takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Mair.
Michael Higdon grabs a headed goal from close range. Hearts 0-1 St Mirren.Foul by Ruben Palazuelos on Aaron Mooy, free kick awarded. Darren McGregor provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by David Obua on Lee Mair, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
The ball is sent over by David Templeton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Adrian Mrowiec. Aaron Mooy has an effort direct from the free kick.
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Blocked by Marius Zaliukas.
Michael Higdon takes a shot. Clearance made by Ian Black.
Jim Goodwin sends in a cross, save made by Marian Kello.
Ruben Palazuelos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Mooy. Direct free kick taken by Lee Mair.
Aaron Mooy delivers the ball.
Ian Black delivers the ball.
Centre by Aaron Mooy, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
Duo set for Hearts return
Rudi Skacel and Ruben Palazuelos are available again as Hearts take on St Mirren at Tynecastle in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Skacel is set to play despite an Achilles problem and Palazuelos is poised to return following a two-match suspension.
Lee Wallace is poised to shake off his ankle problem and continue at left-back, but Suso Santana (knee) is a major doubt and Kevin Kyle underwent double hernia surgery this week and remains out along with Darren Barr and Calum Elliot.
Manager Jim Jefferies hopes Hearts can reclaim the momentum in their bid to clinch third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with victory over St Mirren.
Hearts have picked up one point from a possible nine and lost to Kilmarnock and Dundee United in their last two matches.
Jefferies' side lie 12 points ahead of fourth-placed United, albeit having played a game more, in the battle to be the best of the rest behind Celtic and Rangers.
The Hearts boss said: "The position we're in is a fantastic position, these players have done fantastically well.
"I've said all season somewhere there will be a blip.
"That's the bit we've got to try and get over and the only way to do that is by getting a result. That's why tomorrow's game becomes huge.
"They expect us to win every game and clinch third place as quickly as possible. That's fine, but football tells you that doesn't happen.
"We've put ourselves in a great position - we've got to see it to the line."
Even if Hearts cement third place in the next few weeks, Jefferies insists they will continue to push in the remainder of the season.
He added: "Don't make the mistake that if we get this place clinched we'll just sit back and pick up cigars - we're going to go right until the end of the season.
"It might mean that I can make some decisions to give a couple of the younger boys a game but that will not stop us wanting to go out to win every game."
St Mirren have fitness doubts over David van Zanten and Hugh Murray.
Both players sat out training today after picking up knocks in the Scottish Cup defeat by Aberdeen.
David Barron and Garry Brady are still looking for match practice following lay-offs.
Skacel fires Hearts to late triumph
Rudi Skacel struck a dramatic late winner as Hearts completed a stunning fightback against St Mirren to triumph 3-2 after twice going behind to a Michael Higdon double.
The Czech slammed home a Craig Thomson corner in injury time just minutes after Ryan Stevenson had equalised.
Higdon gave the visitors a deserved half-time lead with a 15th-minute header to make up for an earlier miss but Skacel's dipping effort brought Hearts level in the 55th minute.
Stevenson then cancelled out Higdon's second before Skacel pounced in the box to seal Hearts' first win in four games.
Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello was forced into action after just 60 seconds to push Higdon's close-range header clear.
Steven Thomson found Arron Mooy on the right flank after being gifted possession by Adrian Mrowiec and the Australian's delivery from the right flank was met by Higdon, but the Englishman failed to get any real power on his effort.
Higdon was left red-faced when he squandered an even better chance in the sixth minute. Steven Thomson made it to the byline and his low ball across the six-yard box found the unmarked frontman but he completely fluffed his shot.
The away side, however, deservedly took the lead in the 15th minute through Higdon. Kenny McLean's free-kick was knocked across the box by Darren McGregor and Higdon angled a header over the line from eight yards despite Craig Thomson's attempt on the line to prevent a goal.
St Mirren were then denied a second goal by the woodwork after 30 minutes when Paul McGowan crashed a shot from Steven Thomson's pass off the inside of the post and Craig Thomson made a timely block on Mooy on the rebound.
With the Hearts defence in disarray, McGowan then volleyed a fierce shot straight at Kello from inside the box after connecting with McLean's deep cross.
Hearts fans' frustrations grew as they watched their side offer little hope of mounting any kind of fightback against a spirited St Mirren team.
Following an abject first-half performance, it was no surprise that Hearts manager Jim Jefferies made changes at the interval.
Andy Driver and Scott Robinson were both introduced for Mrowiec and David Obua.
Hearts began the second half with greater zest about their play and David Templeton hit a rising shot over the bar from the edge of the box after latching onto Stephen Elliott's knockdown.
Skacel then nodded a tame header straight at Gallacher from Palazuelos' cross.
But the Czech Republic cap hit the target in the 55th minute as he brought his team level with a superb strike from outside the box. Skacel, who scored a hat-trick in October's victory over the Buddies, raced onto Lee Mair's defensive header and drilled a dipping shot into the corner of the net.
Higdon restored St Mirren's lead in the 68th minute when he turned Andy Webster in the box and curled a clinical left-footed shot high into the corner of the net.
Skacel came close to levelling the score again with a superb acrobatic effort from 12 yards that was expertly palmed over the bar by Gallacher.
From the resulting corner, the midfielder then slammed a low shot into the advertising boards.
Hearts were level for a second time in the 82nd minute through substitute Stevenson. Stephen Elliott held the ball up inside the box for Stevenson to race in and drill a left-footed shot past the goalkeeper.
The former Ayr United midfielder then had a volley deflected wide for a corner after Webster headed the ball into his path.
Hearts completed a remarkable comeback in injury time when Skacel turned in Thomson's corner following a goalmouth scramble.
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