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Nigel Hasselbaink has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Centre by Paul McGowan, Marian Kello makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Suso Santana by Lee Mair results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ian Black, Lee Mair makes a clearance. Arvydas Novikovas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ian Black. Graham Carey leaves the field to be replaced by Thomas Reilly.
Suso Santana produces a cross, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.
Suso Santana is brought on as a substitute for Rudi Skacel.
The ball is delivered by Ian Black, A goal is scored by John Sutton from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Hearts 5-2 St Mirren.Assist on the goal came from Ian Black.
Jeroen Tesselaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rudi Skacel. Jeroen Tesselaar shown a yellow card. Jamie Hamill takes the direct free kick.
(Hearts) makes a substitution, with David Obua coming on for Stephen Elliott.
Graham Carey takes the inswinging corner, clearance by John Sutton. Shot from just outside the box by Kenny McLean misses to the right of the goal.
David Barron concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Elliott. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
David Barron produces a cross, save by Marian Kello.
David Barron sends in a cross, clearance made by Ian Black.
The ball is crossed by Jeroen Tesselaar, save made by Marian Kello. Corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the left by-line, clearance made by Jamie Hamill.
Centre by Graham Carey, Andy Webster makes a clearance.
Centre by David Barron, clearance by Andy Webster.
Jeroen Tesselaar fouled by Jamie Hamill, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jeroen Tesselaar.
Corner taken right-footed by Ian Black, clearance made by David Barron.
Jeroen Tesselaar has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target. Gary Teale leaves the field to be replaced by Nigel Hasselbaink. Steven Thomson on for David van Zanten.
Corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey to the near post, clearance made by Jamie Hamill.
David van Zanten produces a cross, Steven Thompson takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Steven Thompson has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Centre by David van Zanten, Marian Kello makes a save.
Rudi Skacel fires in a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 4-2 St Mirren.The assist for the goal came from Ian Black.
David van Zanten gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Black. Marian Kello takes the direct free kick.
John Sutton fouled by David Barron, the ref awards a free kick. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Jeroen Tesselaar crosses the ball. Centre by Graham Carey, clearance by Andy Webster.
The referee blows for offside. Marc McAusland restarts play with the free kick.
Rudi Skacel finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 3-2 St Mirren.Assist by John Sutton.
Effort from deep inside the area by Graham Carey clears the bar.
The ball is swung over by Kenny McLean, Ian Black makes a clearance.
Graham Carey produces a cross, Andy Webster manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Gary Teale, save made by Marian Kello.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Robinson on Kenny McLean. Direct free kick taken by Graham Carey.
Graham Carey takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
A cross is delivered by Graham Carey, clearance by Stephen Elliott.
David van Zanten gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott. Direct free kick taken by Ian Black. Adrian Mrowiec takes a shot. Clearance made by Marc McAusland. Effort on goal by Stephen Elliott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Kenny McLean fouled by Adrian Mrowiec, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kenny McLean.
Steven Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Webster. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Ian Black is cautioned. Corner taken by Graham Carey played to the near post, clearance by John Sutton.
The ball is crossed by Graham Carey.
The ball is crossed by David van Zanten, Andy Webster manages to make a clearance.
Graham Carey takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Andy Webster. Inswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line.
The referee blows for offside. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey, save made by Marian Kello.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David van Zanten on Stephen Elliott. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.
The ball is sent over by Graham Carey.
Steven Thompson fouled by Adrian Mrowiec, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Barron.
The referee blows for offside. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Foul by John Sutton on David Barron, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Barron.
Unfair challenge on Marc McAusland by Rudi Skacel results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Scott Robinson results in a free kick. Graham Carey delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Adrian Mrowiec makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Andy Webster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeroen Tesselaar on Rudi Skacel. Adrian Mrowiec restarts play with the free kick.
Kenny McLean takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
The ball is delivered by Graham Carey, Adrian Mrowiec makes a clearance.
Darren Barr fouled by David Barron, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Rudi Skacel scores a goal from outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Hearts 2-2 St Mirren.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ian Black from the left by-line, clearance by Marc McAusland.
David Barron gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Robinson. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Graham Carey delivers the ball, clearance by Darren Barr.
Jamie Hamill fouled by Graham Carey, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Carey receives a yellow card. Free kick crossed by Rudi Skacel, save by Craig Samson.
Steven Thompson grabs a headed goal from just inside the edge of the penalty area. Hearts 1-2 St Mirren.Assist by Marc McAusland.
Gary Teale sends in a cross. Outswinging corner taken by Ian Black. Centre by Jamie Hamill.
Marius Zaliukas challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Marius Zaliukas is sent off by the referee for professional foul. Penalty taken right-footed by Paul McGowan and scored. Hearts 1-1 St Mirren.
Graham Carey concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Hamill. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Centre by Paul McGowan, clearance made by Jamie Hamill.
The ball is sent over by Jeroen Tesselaar, Darren Barr manages to make a clearance.
Graham Carey produces a cross. Kenny McLean is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Sutton on Marc McAusland. Direct free kick taken by Marc McAusland.
Effort from inside the penalty box by Stephen Elliott hits the post.
Scott Robinson fouled by Jeroen Tesselaar, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Robinson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Rudi Skacel. Free kick taken by Paul McGowan.
Corner taken right-footed by Ian Black from the right by-line, Marius Zaliukas finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Hearts 1-0 St Mirren.Assist by Ian Black.
Kello: We`re starting to relax
Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello admits the players are now more relaxed about the club's financial predicament after a difficult few months - as their recent results would suggest.
Hearts only one won game out of seven immediately after players first experienced significant delays in being paid in October.
But they have won four out of the last five games, conceding only one goal, ahead of this weekend`s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Mirren and have been given some form of assurance they will be paid quickly this month, with their latest wages due on Monday.
Kello, who is open to leaving the club this month to help their finances, said: "The situation wasn't easy. Each player was thinking a lot about what to do.
"All the players were asking questions. At some point we had no answers, but the situation got better and better.
"The situation settled down a bit and we are more relaxed.
"Finally we got some results recently so it's positive now.
"I think the results talk for us. We have tried to concentrate and do our job and get the best results we can."
Manager Paulo Sergio believes the honest approach he adopted with his players when he took over in August has helped him deal with the difficult situation.
"If you are honest with them, if they feel you are on their side and fighting together, when you have a specific message to give them, I think it's easier," Sergio said.
"I don't believe in leadership with two faces. Actors change their face each job they do. I'm not that kind of person.
"I said that in the beginning - I work with my players the same way I work with my kids. With truth, honesty and values.
"With an honest relationship, it's easy to be together and to fight these hard moments, no matter the problems."
Hearts are looking to extend a three-match winning run at Tynecastle but Sergio knows they face a tough challenge against Danny Lennon's team.
"St Mirren is a team I have a lot of respect for," Sergio said.
"They play quality football, they have good players, their manager has just renewed his contract.
"So they have consistency and we know we're going to have to work hard to beat them."
The hosts have a shortage of experienced left-backs for visit of the Buddies.
Ryan McGowan is suspended and Danny Grainger had a setback after returning from groin surgery, although Sergio said it was not serious.
Right-back Jamie Hamill is fit and Darren Barr is a doubt following a head wound while Mehdi Taouil (hamstring) remains on the sidelines and Ryan Stevenson is still unavailable.
St Mirren boss Lennon will turn his attentions elsewhere after his bid to take John Sutton on loan from Hearts was rejected.
Lennon was interested in bringing the 28-year-old striker back to the Paisley club where he played for two years between 2005-07.
However, ahead of the clash with the Jambos, Lennon revealed his interest was over due to finances.
"I can't go in with any more money," he told Press Association Sport. "We've not got it. We are where we are as far as what we can pay.
"So as far as I'm concerned it's dead."
Lennon will take no notice of Hearts' lucky escape against junior side Auchinleck Talbot last week.
Gordon Smith's late winner saved the Jambos' blushes blushes in the William Hill Scottish Cup against the battling Ayrshire team, who had a contentious offside decision go against them in injury time which ruled out Gordon Pope's goal to prevent the visitors earning a money-spinning replay.
"We have all been there," said the Buddies boss. "Last week Hearts dominated the game and the Auchinleck keeper was fantastic on the day.
"You get games like that throughout the season.
"Hearts are a good quality side but we look to go to the capital and win."
Jim Goodwin remains a doubt for the away side.
The Buddies skipper is still struggling with a calf strain which kept him out of the William Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Hamilton last week.
Striker Steven Thompson is training again after missing the Accies game with a tight hamstring.
Skacel treble lifts Hearts to third
Rudi Skacel struck a hat-trick as 10-man Hearts beat St Mirren 5-2 to claim a fifth win in six games and move into third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
A frenetic opening quarter began when Marius Zaliukas headed in Ian Black's corner in the opening minute before the defender was sent off for tripping the excellent Paul McGowan 11 minutes later.
McGowan equalised from the penalty spot and Steven Thompson headed Saints' second after 19 minutes before Skacel found his range.
The Czech midfielder, whose contract is set to expire at the end of this month, equalised with a fierce shot after 23 minutes, struck his second after 64 minutes and a third after 69 minutes to enhance his bargaining power in negotiations - or for a move elsewhere.
Striker John Sutton, who was linked with a return to Paisley earlier this week, added a fifth in the final minute following an indirect free-kick in the area to complete the win.
Referee Steven McLean's decision to award the penalty and show Zaliukas a straight red card is sure to provoke further discussion, even though Hearts prevailed to go third in the standings above Motherwell, who lost 1-0 to Inverness.
The Buddies, meanwhile, are now without a win in four matches, since the defeat of SPL defending champions Rangers.
Hearts' recent unbeaten run has come since the first-team squad instructed players' union PFA Scotland to make a formal complaint following three successive months of delayed wages.
January's salary is due on Monday and should Hearts again fail to pay their squad on schedule, disciplinary proceedings would be triggered with the prospect of unlimited sanctions.
A burden had been lifted since the complaint was lodged, with Hearts playing with a freedom which has now delivered 15 goals in six games.
It took Hearts 84 minutes to break down Ayrshire juniors Auchinleck Talbot last week, but today they claimed the lead after 51 seconds.
Scott Robinson forced a corner and Black's set-piece found Zaliukas unmarked six yards out in the centre of the goal to head in.
Saints were awarded a penalty and Zaliukas was sent off after 12 minutes.
Kenny McLean's delightful ball over the top found McGowan, who was tripped when through on goal by last man Zaliukas as Marian Kello fielded the ball.
The Saints striker netted before gesturing to the incensed Tynecastle crowd, earning a booking and thus avoiding disciplinary proceedings at the hands of the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer.
The Buddies took the lead when Marc McAusland's cross from the right found Thompson, who beat Adrian Mrowiec to the ball and lofted a header over Kello.
Hearts equalised after the visitors failed to clear a corner, Skacel barging Jeroen Tesselaar off the ball and unleashing a fierce shot from 25 yards to score.
The tempo of the game began to slow as the pace of the opening period caught up with both teams.
Black was booked for an attempted trip on McGowan and Hearts boss Paulo Sergio was spoken to by referee McLean after leaving his technical area to protest against the decision.
Kello parried a Graham Carey drive from the left edge of the box before Skacel restored Hearts' lead.
Jamie Hamill's long throw found Sutton, who laid the ball off and Skacel made space before firing a shot into the bottom corner.
Five minutes later Skacel completed his hat-trick.
Black won the ball and Skacel struck another effort from the edge of the area which beat Craig Samson.
St Mirren brought on Nigel Hasselbaink up front and forged forward, but Hearts absorbed the pressure.
Samson unwittingly conceded an indirect free-kick in the box after Tesselaar attempted to control a ball into the box.
From six yards out, Black found Sutton, who drove the ball into the roof of the net to gain just reward for his efforts up front.
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