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Foul by Jim Goodwin on Eggert Jonsson, free kick awarded. Jamie Hamill takes the direct free kick. Jim Goodwin goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
Corner from left by-line taken by Jamie Hamill. Ian Black goes off and Scott Robinson comes on.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Mair by John Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Lee Mair.
Daniel Grainger takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
John Sutton comes on in place of Stephen Elliott.
Foul by Ian Black on Jim Goodwin, free kick awarded. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas. Jamie MacDonald takes the direct free kick. Steven Thompson receives a yellow card. Mehdi Taouil goes off and David Templeton comes on.
Eggert Jonsson challenges Kenny McLean unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Thomson takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Gary Teale played to the near post, Adrian Mrowiec manages to make a clearance.
David van Zanten goes off and Jon McShane comes on.
Ian Black fouled by Lee Mair, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mehdi Taouil from the left by-line.
Lee Mair heads into his own net. Hearts 2-0 St Mirren.
Jeroen Tesselaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Stevenson. Ian Black takes the free kick.
Jamie Hamill takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Gary Teale.
Unfair challenge on Jeroen Tesselaar by Ian Black results in a free kick. Ian Black receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Mair by Ian Black. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim Goodwin on David Obua. Ian Black takes the direct free kick.
Paul McGowan goes off and Kenny McLean comes on. Joe McKee comes on in place of Nigel Hasselbaink.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger,
Ryan Stevenson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson from the left by-line.
Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Hamill to the near post, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.
Handball by Stephen Elliott. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
David van Zanten gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mrowiec. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Jamie Hamill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink. Gary Teale restarts play with the free kick.
Jamie Hamill takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
David Obua takes a shot. Save made by Craig Samson.
Inswinging corner taken by Jeroen Tesselaar.
Marius Zaliukas fouled by Illias Haddad, the ref awards a Penalty. Placed penalty scored by Jamie Hamill. Hearts 1-0 St Mirren.
Corner taken by Jamie Hamill played to the near post, save by Craig Samson.
Handball by Jamie Hamill. Gary Teale restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Jamie Hamill. Gary Teale takes the direct free kick.
Eggert Jonsson challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas by Steven Thompson. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.
Mehdi Taouil produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson by Illias Haddad results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
Effort from outside the area by Ian Black goes wide right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger.
Mehdi Taouil produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
The referee gives a free kick against Illias Haddad for handball. Illias Haddad is cautioned by the ref for persistent infringement. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Elliott produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
Daniel Grainger takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Steven Thompson manages to make a clearance.
Ian Black challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance by David van Zanten.
The offside flag is raised against Nigel Hasselbaink. Direct free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Steven Thomson takes a shot. Save made by Jamie MacDonald.
Jim Goodwin fouled by Mehdi Taouil, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Illias Haddad.
Eggert Jonsson fouled by Jim Goodwin, the ref awards a free kick. Eggert Jonsson restarts play with the free kick.
David Obua concedes a free kick for a foul on David van Zanten. David van Zanten takes the free kick.
Driver stalled by injury
Hearts winger Andy Driver will miss the visit of St Mirren in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a knee injury.
Driver is set to visit a specialist to diagnose the severity of his latest knee setback and will certainly not play at Easter Road.
Marian Kello will also be absent for a second consecutive fixture, with Jamie MacDonald carrying on between the sticks despite a blunder against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Rudi Skacel could return to the squad after missing out entirely in the Highlands, while John Sutton is in contention despite rumours regarding the striker's future this week.
Gordon Smith is desperate to be given a starting berth and has pleaded with manager Paulo Sergio to grant his wish.
"I'm not just here to make up the numbers," he challenged.
"I've been on the bench recently, but I'm looking to push the strikers here - Stephen Elliott, Ryan Stevenson, John Sutton. I'm working hard, trying to impress in training, and hoping to get a start.
"The manager has told me that I need to believe in myself and show every time we train that I want to play.
"He is trying to get the ball down and get the midfield forward to support. I think this suits me because I like to play on the ground."
St Mirren have an unchanged squad.
Aaron Mooy (back) and Hugh Murray (knee) are still building up their fitness following injury, while Darren McGregor is also out following cruciate ligament damage.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon is hoping for the beautiful game to shine as Hearts continue their attacking philosophy under Sergio.
Lennon said: "I'm looking forward to playing Hearts in their new style of football. I've seen them a few times since Paulo has taken over and he is trying to get the ball down and put his own stamp on it.
"I'm hoping that it's an open game of football and both teams try and play the game in a beautiful way and hopefully give 13-14,000 fans value for money.
"Hearts showed last season what they are capable of, finishing third. Jim Jefferies strengthened well throughout the summer and I expect them to be up there again.
"They are good players and whatever type of manager comes in and whatever his philosophy is, it's easier for good players to adapt to either.
"We had the pleasure of five or six weeks in pre-season, Sergio has not had that."
Hearts extend unbeaten run
Hearts comfortably extended their unbeaten run to five games after goals in each half defeated St Mirren 2-0 at Tynecastle.
Paulo Sergio's side moved to within a point of third-placed Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after strikes from Jamie Hamill and an own goal from Lee Mair.
Right-back Hamill maintained his reputation as an expert penalty taker when he slotted home his spot-kick two minutes from half-time, before Mair knocked into his own net on 70 minutes.
Hearts, who have lost just one goal in five games, ended St Mirren's four-match undefeated run away from home this term.
The hosts were dealt a pre-match blow when Andy Webster was injured in the warm-up, with Eggert Jonsson coming into the starting line-up. John Sutton was brought onto the bench in Jonsson's place. Midfielder Mehdi Taouil, fully fit after a groin injury, also started for the first time since the opening day draw at Rangers, with Arvydas Novikovas dropping out.
Danny Lennon's visitors, meanwhile, were unchanged from the side that were held to a goalless draw by St Johnstone in Paisley last weekend.
Adrian Mrowiec moved to centre-half in place of Webster, but his early misplaced pass could have allowed Nigel Hasselbaink to profit yet he failed to make the most of the opportunity.
Hearts were sluggish in the opening stages, but did come close when Danny Grainger's dangerous corner whistled across the six-yard box.
St Mirren produced the first shot on goal on 10 minutes. After Hamill lost possession on the left, Paul McGowan found Steven Thomson - with the aid of a deflection off Jonsson - but the midfielder's 20-yard drive was clutched by Jamie MacDonald.
At the other end, Buddies captain Jim Goodwin almost slid the ball into his own net from a Stephen Elliott cross. A flowing Hearts move, involving David Obua and Taouil, then saw Elliott clip his effort too high.
Taouil, after 23 minutes, almost brought the Hearts fans to their feet. The lively French-born Moroccan let fly from 20 yards and only an excellent one-handed palm over from Craig Samson kept the powerful drive out.
From the resultant Grainger corner, Obua's free header was a yard over. As Hearts upped the ante, Ian Black's long-range effort whistled just over the bar.
St Mirren had been on the back foot, but shortly after the half-hour mark they created a chance when Gary Teale's free-kick was headed across goal by Illias Haddad with MacDonald relieved to see it run to safety. Hearts were seeking to play Sergio's passing game, but they looked dangerous from cross balls and Ryan Stevenson should have done better than head straight at Samson from Grainger's centre.
But Hearts made the breakthrough from the penalty spot on 43 minutes. After Grainger and Stevenson combined, Marius Zaliukas was tripped in the area by Haddad, with the Dutchman very lucky to escape a second booking from referee Charlie Richmond.
Hamill made no mistake from the spot, comfortably netting his second goal of the season.
Grainger nodded away Hasselbaink's deep cross almost from his goal line at the other end, before Obua was superbly denied by Samson on the stroke of half-time after the Ugandan capitalised on a mistake in the visiting defence.
Hearts were the dominant force upon the re-start, pegging St Mirren back without directly threatening Samson.
Lennon made an early second-half change to turn the tide, replacing Hasselbaink with on-loan Burnley teenager Joe McKee. But it was Obua who soon went close again, skewing wide from 18 yards after neatly carving an opening.
Hearts looked comfortable, dominating possession and protecting their lead. Black was yellow-carded near the far touchline as St Mirren made a rare foray forward, but their free-kick for the foul came to nothing.
Hearts wrapped up the three points when they doubled their lead in the 70th-minute. Grainger again provided an excellent delivery from the left and St Mirren defender Mair could only divert the ball into his own net at the near post, under pressure from Stevenson and Elliott.
Taouil then somehow saw his drive across goal stay out as Hearts sought more goals. Teale almost reduced arrears with an angled strike from the edge of the box that drifted just past MacDonald's far upright. Samson denied Grainger's shot with his legs three minutes from time, when a goal would have capped the left-back's display.
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