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Alan Maybury concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Hamill. Daniel Grainger sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Ryan Stevenson from 12 yards. Save by Peter Enckelman.
The referee gives a free kick against Gordon Smith for handball. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Foul by Alan Maybury on Mehdi Taouil, free kick awarded. Mehdi Taouil takes the free kick.
Daniel Grainger delivers the ball, clearance by David McCracken.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Black on David Robertson. Ian Black is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Marcus Haber replaces Francisco Sandaza.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David MacKay on Daniel Grainger. Booking for David MacKay for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jamie Hamill from left wing, save made by Peter Enckelman.
David Templeton crosses the ball.
Liam Craig concedes a free kick for a foul on Mehdi Taouil. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
Foul by David Robertson on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ian Black.
Chris Millar sends in a cross, Jamie MacDonald makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David MacKay on Daniel Grainger. Jamie Hamill crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Peter Enckelman.
Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
Jamie Hamill takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
Foul by Mehdi Taouil on Francisco Sandaza, free kick awarded. Booking for Mehdi Taouil for unsporting behaviour. David Robertson on for William Gibson. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
(Hearts) makes a substitution, with Scott Robinson coming on for Stephen Elliott.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David McCracken on Marius Zaliukas. Direct free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line.
Marius Zaliukas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on William Gibson. The referee cautions Marius Zaliukas for unsporting behaviour. William Gibson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.
Jamie Hamill sends in a cross, save by Peter Enckelman.
Francisco Sandaza fouled by Adrian Mrowiec, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.
Ian Black fouled by Chris Millar, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Millar is booked. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Gordon Smith joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Obua.
Mehdi Taouil produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Effort from 18 yards by Ryan Stevenson. Blocked by Stephen Elliott.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Moon by Ian Black results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Craig.
Cillian Sheridan finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 2-0 Hearts.Francisco Sandaza provided the assist for the goal.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Grainger.
Jamie Hamill produces a cross, David McCracken makes a clearance.
Centre by Jamie Hamill, clearance made by Francisco Sandaza.
Jamie Hamill decides to take a short corner.
Stephen Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Maybury. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Cillian Sheridan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Mehdi Taouil results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Anderson.
Andy Webster goes off and David Templeton comes on.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Craig on Ryan Stevenson. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Ryan Stevenson misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Francisco Sandaza on David Obua, free kick awarded. Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Obua by Chris Millar. Free kick crossed by Daniel Grainger, save by Peter Enckelman.
Effort from inside the area by Liam Craig misses to the left of the goal.
Steven Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mehdi Taouil. The referee shows Steven Anderson a yellow card. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
Cillian Sheridan fires in a goal from just inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts.Assist by Francisco Sandaza.
The ball is swung over by William Gibson.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by William Gibson, clearance made by Ryan Stevenson.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Liam Craig, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Alan Maybury results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger, David McCracken fouled by Andy Webster, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Liam Craig gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mrowiec. Mehdi Taouil takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Stevenson fouled by David McCracken, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Stevenson takes the free kick.
Jamie Hamill crosses the ball, clearance made by David MacKay.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Liam Craig.
Stephen Elliott delivers the ball, clearance made by David McCracken.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by William Gibson from the left by-line to the near post, Andy Webster manages to make a clearance.
Drilled left-footed shot by Liam Craig. Jamie MacDonald makes a brilliant save.
Foul by Andy Webster on Cillian Sheridan, free kick awarded. Andy Webster shown a yellow card. Kevin Moon takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mehdi Taouil on Chris Millar. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Millar on Mehdi Taouil. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
Effort on goal by Chris Millar from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
Centre by William Gibson, Andy Webster manages to make a clearance.
Shot from just outside the box by Ryan Stevenson goes over the crossbar.
Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Hamill.
A cross is delivered by Jamie Hamill.
The offside flag is raised against Cillian Sheridan. Andy Webster takes the free kick.
Stephen Elliott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Millar on Mehdi Taouil. Mehdi Taouil takes the direct free kick.
Jamie Hamill decides to take the corner short.
Ryan Stevenson crosses the ball, clearance by Steven Anderson.
Saints urged to use cup exit as motivation
Manager Derek McInnes has urged St Johnstone to use their Scottish Communities League Cup exit to St Mirren as motivation when Hearts come calling in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Sunday.
Saints had high hopes of a lengthy cup run this season but those hopes were dashed when they suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Paisley outfit on Tuesday night.
The visit of Hearts marks the start of a tough run of three games in six days, which sees the Perth club also face Hibernian and Kilmarnock, and McInnes insists his players must now move on from the cup disappointment.
He said: "We are out now and there is no point dwelling on it. We just need to use it as extra motivation to kick on now in the league.
"Hopefully we can do that because we have a tough fixture coming up and we have three games in six days, which is really going to stretch the squad with the injuries we've got.
"We've got to pick up points before the next international break."
St Johnstone will be without defender Frazer Wright (calf) against Hearts, while Jody Morris, Kevin Moon, Sam Parkin, Callum Davidson, Graham Gartland and Murray Davidson are all likely to remain on the sidelines this weekend.
Sunday's game means a chance to make amends in front of their owns fans at McDiarmid Park.
McInnes added: "Home or away, we just have to make sure we put in a better performance.
"Over the course of the last few seasons we have been in charge here, very few times has the team been out-fought and I thought we were the other night.
"We have to make sure we are hungry again on Sunday and, on the back of that hunger and determination, that we bring a good performance to the game as well. If we can do that, we will be more than happy."
Hearts head into Sunday's game also seeking a positive reaction after exiting the cup on penalties to Irn-Bru First Division side Ayr United.
McInnes said: "I was down at the game and they still had a very strong side out.
"You can see the depth of their squad. He managed to rest eight from Saturday's game against St Mirren and I would expect them to be along similar lines to that game rather than the cup game.
"I felt that Ayr battled away, they fought their corner, and it paid off for them.
"Hearts were decent at times but it's difficult to judge because I think they will be more like the team who played St Mirren the Saturday before."
Andy Webster and Andrew Driver have been passed fit for Hearts but Marian Kello, Kevin Kyle, Gary Glen and Calum Elliot remain on the sidelines.
Jambos full-back Danny Grainger is not surprised former club St Johnstone have started the season so well despite a number of summer changes.
Saints lost Grainger and Michael Duberry from their regular back four but have continued their impressive defensive record from last season, having yet to concede a goal away from home.
The Perth side only scored 23 goals in the Scottish Premier League last term, less than relegated Hamilton, but the arrival of Francisco Sandaza has given them a lift with the Spaniard already on six goals.
So Grainger expects a tough afternoon when Hearts visit McDiarmid Park.
"You don't get any easy games in the SPL," Grainger said.
"Going back to McDiarmid will be difficult, they seem to have solved their goalscoring problems with Sandaza and Cillian Sheridan.
"There were players there when I was there who were more than capable of filling in when the likes of me and Doobs (Duberry) were going to leave.
"You have Dave Mackay, Alan Maybury and Steven Anderson who were there last year, who played a massive part when we went on a good run."
Grainger added: "I still speak to quite a lot of them, I'm very close to the likes of Liam Craig, Murray Davidson and Graham Gartland so it's going to be strange going back there."
The former Gretna and Dundee United left-back has no regrets about leaving despite the man who signed him, Jim Jefferies, being replaced by Paulo Sergio early in the season.
Grainger said: "I'm really enjoying it, I'm enjoying the banter in the dressing room and loving the football.
"Now we are all starting to get used to the new manager and it's starting to show on the pitch."
Sheridan at the double for Saints
Cillian Sheridan netted his first goals of the season as St Johnstone beat Hearts 2-0 to earn an opening Clydesdale Bank Premier League home win of the campaign.
The Irishman scored in each half to move St Johnstone level on 12 points with opponents Hearts in the top six, with both teams sharing identical goal difference.
Sheridan twice latched on to passes from striker partner Francisco Sandaza to breach a one-dimensional Hearts defence and leave Paulo Sergio's men without an away win this season.
The link-up play between the two summer signings was in stark contrast to a blunt Hearts attack, with Stephen Elliott receiving little meaningful support from Sergio's attacking midfielders.
Only Marius Zaliukas and Danny Grainger kept their place after the visitors' midweek Scottish Communities League Cup defeat by Ayr, when Sergio made eight changes, with Andy Webster returning after injury.
David McCracken and Kevin Moon returned from injury for St Johnstone while Willie Gibson came into the team, with Frazer Wright missing out after tearing a calf and Sean Higgins and Jamie Adams dropped following the cup defeat by St Mirren.
Neither team could get in behind their opponents in an even opening spell but Saints midfielder Chris Millar came close with a rising long-range strike.
Sandaza turned Webster 25 yards out in the 19th minute and was pulled back by the Hearts centre-back, but referee Stevie O'Reilly decided a yellow card was sufficient with a Hearts player covering.
The resulting free-kick gave Liam Craig the opportunity to shoot and Jamie MacDonald pushed the strike over.
St Johnstone were rewarded for a period of pressure in the 30th minute.
Sandaza created the opening when he took the ball in and played an instant pass for Sheridan to run on to past a high Hearts back line. The Irishman kept his composure and struck the ball high into the net from the edge of the box.
The hosts should have been two ahead when Sheridan guided a high ball into the path of Craig's run, but the midfielder scuffed his shot from 12 yards and the ball bounced just wide.
Former Saints left-back Grainger almost silenced the home fans, who were giving him a hostile reception, when he curled a 35-yard free-kick towards the far corner but Peter Enckelman got down well to hold.
Enckelman soon came and missed Grainger's deep corner but Ryan Stevenson could not direct his header on target from a tight angle.
Webster did not reappear for the second half. David Templeton came on and Adrian Mrowiec dropped back, with David Obua moving into the centre of a five-man midfield.
St Johnstone escaped unscathed following dangerous crosses from Jamie Hamill and Grainger and they extended their lead in the 55th minute with a similar goal to the opener.
Sandaza collected the ball midway inside the Hearts inside and rolled it into the path of Sheridan, who burst through a gaping hole in the Hearts defence, rounded MacDonald and stroked the ball into the net.
Hearts brought on youngsters Gordon Smith and Scott Robinson for Obua and Elliott but they struggled to make their possession count and it was a mistake by Enckelman that almost gave them a lifeline.
The goalkeeper spilled Hamill's speculative left-footed effort and Hearts kept the pressure on. Templeton could not get hold of his volley but Ryan Stevenson diverted the shot with his head, however Enckelman redeemed himself with a diving one-handed stop.
Hearts pushed more men forward but they could not find a breakthrough and Ian Black showed his frustration when catching David Robertson late as he became the seventh player to be booked by the pernickety O'Reilly.
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