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  • Scottish Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance: 2,974
St JohnstoneSt JohnstonevHeartsHearts
2
  • Vine, 16
  • MacLean, 60
2
  • Sutton, 15
  • Driver, 38

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Match ends, St Johnstone 2, Hearts 2.

90+3 mins:Second Half ends, St Johnstone 2, Hearts 2.

89 mins:Foul by Gregory Tade (St Johnstone).

89 mins:Andy Webster (Hearts) wins a free kick.

88 mins:Hand ball by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

87 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink replaces Rowan Vine.

86 mins:Attempt saved. John Sutton (Hearts) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Andrew Driver with a cross.

84 mins:Substitution, Hearts. Arvydas Novikovas replaces Callum Paterson.

80 mins:Foul by Dale Carrick (Hearts).

80 mins:Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

79 mins:Attempt missed. John Sutton (Hearts) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan McGowan with a cross.

77 mins:Substitution, Hearts. Dale Carrick replaces Gordon Smith.

77 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade tries a through ball, but Gregory Tade is caught offside.

76 mins:Attempt saved. Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is saved.

75 mins:Corner, Hearts.

74 mins:Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74 mins:Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

74 mins:Dylan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick.

69 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

68 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade replaces Peter Pawlett.

68 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

65 mins:Attempt missed. Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

64 mins:Peter Pawlett (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64 mins:Foul by Peter Pawlett (St Johnstone).

64 mins:Kevin McHattie (Hearts) wins a free kick.

62 mins:Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

62 mins:John Sutton (Hearts) wins a free kick.

60 mins:Goal! St Johnstone 2, Hearts 2. Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

59 mins:Ryan McGowan (Hearts) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59 mins:Foul by Ryan McGowan (Hearts).

59 mins:Liam Craig (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

57 mins:Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

57 mins:Andrew Driver (Hearts) wins a free kick.

56 mins:Attempt blocked. Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Craig.

56 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

55 mins:Attempt saved. Peter Pawlett (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

54 mins:Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

53 mins:Andrew Driver (Hearts) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

50 mins:Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

50 mins:Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

50 mins:Attempt missed. Gordon Smith (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

46 mins:Substitution, Hearts. Dylan McGowan replaces Darren Barr.

Second Half begins St Johnstone 1, Hearts 2.

45+2 mins:First Half ends, St Johnstone 1, Hearts 2.

45 mins:Darren Barr (Hearts) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44 mins:Foul by David McCracken (St Johnstone).

44 mins:Andrew Driver (Hearts) wins a free kick.

43 mins:Attempt missed. David McCracken (St Johnstone) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Craig.

42 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

40 mins:Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Hearts).

40 mins:Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

39 mins:Foul by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

39 mins:Callum Paterson (Hearts) wins a free kick.

38 mins:Goal! St Johnstone 1, Hearts 2. Andrew Driver (Hearts) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner.

36 mins:Foul by Thomas Scobbie (St Johnstone).

36 mins:Gordon Smith (Hearts) wins a free kick.

32 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Rowan Vine tries a through ball, but Rowan Vine is caught offside.

30 mins:Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

30 mins:Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

28 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Rowan Vine tries a through ball, but Rowan Vine is caught offside.

27 mins:Attempt saved. Peter Pawlett (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

26 mins:Foul by Gordon Smith (Hearts).

26 mins:Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

25 mins:Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

25 mins:Jamie MacDonald (Hearts) wins a free kick.

25 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

23 mins:Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

23 mins:Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

22 mins:Corner, Hearts.

20 mins:Attempt missed. Gordon Smith (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

20 mins:Foul by Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone).

20 mins:Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick.

19 mins:Foul by John Sutton (Hearts).

19 mins:Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

18 mins:Kevin McHattie (Hearts) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

18 mins:Foul by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

18 mins:Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

17 mins:Foul by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

17 mins:Callum Paterson (Hearts) wins a free kick.

16 mins:Goal! St Johnstone 1, Hearts 1. Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

15 mins:Goal! St Johnstone 0, Hearts 1. John Sutton (Hearts) from a free kick with a header to the bottom right corner.

14 mins:Foul by Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone).

14 mins:John Sutton (Hearts) wins a free kick.

12 mins:Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Hearts) right footed shot misses to the right.

9 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Steven MacLean tries a through ball, but Steven MacLean is caught offside.

7 mins:Attempt saved. Gordon Smith (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

6 mins:Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

6 mins:Kevin McHattie (Hearts) wins a free kick.

3 mins:Attempt missed. Ryan McGowan (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

3 mins:Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

3 mins:Andy Webster (Hearts) wins a free kick.

2 mins:Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

2 mins:Andy Webster (Hearts) wins a free kick.

1 mins:Foul by John Sutton (Hearts).

1 mins:Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

1 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish Premier League
  • 15 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance: 2,974
St JohnstoneSt JohnstonevHeartsHearts
2
  • Vine, 16
  • MacLean, 60
2
  • Sutton, 15
  • Driver, 38

match report

Hearts took the lead twice but ultimately had to settle for a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw at St Johnstone in the SPL on Saturday.

The visitors opened the scoring at McDiarmid Park through John Sutton, and Andrew Driver gave them a 2-1 half-time advantage after Rowan Vine had levelled the scores.

Steve MacLean equalised after the break in a match filled with goalscoring opportunities and questionable defending.

Within the first five minutes, Alan Mannus was forced into a save from Gordon Smith.

Hearts would soon be rewarded for their quick start, taking the lead in the 14th minute. Driver's floated free-kick found Sutton who headed down and past Mannus from the left side of the six-yard box.

The lead, however, was short-lived. Two minutes later both Kevin McHattie and Marius Zaliukas failed to make proper connection with a cross from the right. The latter's attempted swipe resulted in the ball being hooked straight up into the air and onto the toe of Vine to tap home from two yards out.

Hearts should have answered four minutes after conceding their advantage but Smith floated the ball over the crossbar under pressure from David McCracken.

It was a good chance but not as clear-cut as the opportunity Peter Pawlett squandered on 27 minutes. The winger, on loan from Aberdeen, broke through the offside trap to run onto Vine's reverse through ball with only McDonald to beat. The Hearts keeper did well in parrying the shot, but with the whole goal to aim at Pawlett should have given him no chance.

Difficulty in dealing with routine balls into the box hurt St Johnstone again in the 38th minute. This time it was Ryan McGowan's long throw from the left that found Sutton's head in the penalty area where the goalscorer turned provider by flicking on for Driver to sweep home.

The lead should have been made comfortable five minutes after the restart. Driver's cross from the left was headed back by Sutton who found his strike partner alone in the centre of the penalty area. Smith elected to shoot first time and drove his volley wide of the post.

Pawlett then wasted another chance in what was almost a carbon copy of his first half opportunity. This time it was Murray Davidson springing the winger beyond the offside trap, but the same outcome occurred as McDonald parried away the shot.

From the ensuing corner, MacLean saw his hooked effort from close range cleared off the line, but the hosts would not be denied for long.

Callum Davidson's switched long ball hit Murray Davidson perfectly in stride on the right wing. The midfielder, streaking into the box, rolled the ball across goal for MacLean to tap in.

With the momentum fully behind his team, St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas introduced Gregory Tade for Pawlett and the striker almost had an instant impact.

On defensive duties Sutton inadvertently diverted the ball past his defence for Tade to run onto. MacDonald came out to block but lost the battle as Tade stumbled past the keeper and tried to prod the ball past the covering Hearts defenders. After a couple of ricochets it fell kindly for MacLean to finish into the empty net before Ryan McGowan appeared from nowhere to hoof clear.

team line-up

1Alan Mannus
19Gary Miller
3Callum Davidson
18David McCracken
33Thomas Scobbie
4Patrick Cregg
22Peter Pawlett68
10Liam Craig
8Murray Davidson
23Rowan Vine87
17Steven MacLean

substitutes

14Kevin Moon
11Nigel Hasselbaink87
43Gareth Rodger
9Gregory Tade68
16Craig Beattie
26Liam Caddis
15Jonathan Tuffey

referee

William Collum

team line-up

1Jamie MacDonald
29Kevin McHattie
4Ryan McGowan
26Marius Zaliukas
6Andy Webster
5Darren Barr46
7Ryan Stevenson
11Andrew Driver
9John Sutton
33Callum Paterson84
12Gordon Smith77

substitutes

18Arvydas Novikovas84
32Billy King
21Peter Enckelman
19Dylan McGowan46
37Dale Carrick77
16Denis Prychynenko
14Jamie Walker

referee

William Collum

match stats

possession %4950
shots on target54
shots off target26
corners62
tackles won00
offsides40