First Team

Match Preview: St. Johnstone (A)

18th February 2022

Attention turns to Perth and McDiarmid Park for Matchday 27 in the cinch Premiership. Hearts arrive in the Fair City looking to extend the gap in third even more, whilst struggling St. Johnstone are fighting it out for every point in their mission to avoid the drop.

Form Guide:

It’s crunch time in the season, and St. Johnstone know that every point gained is one step closer to clinging onto the greasy rungs of the Premiership table. Last season’s cup double joy has long since subsided, as Saints look to reverse the fortunes that has taken them from Hampden heroes to basement battlers.

In their last five matches in the league: Callum Davidson’s men have recorded three draws, and two defeats. Previously in January, they also registered a surprising defeat away to Kelty Hearts in the Scottish Cup.

The two sides last crossed swords with each other on league duty in January 2022: Josh Ginnelly scoring twice as Hearts sunk Saints at Tynecastle.

St. Johnstone:

Matches Played: 26
Won: 4
Draw: 8
Loss: 14

Hearts:

Matches Played: 26
Won: 12
Draw: 7
Loss: 7

Last Time Out: Heart of Midlothian 2-0 St. Johnstone, January 2022

 

This is our story...

• Total Meetings: 175
• First Meeting: Wednesday 7 May 1902, St. Johnstone 0-0 Heart of Midlothian
• Biggest Win: Saturday 28 January 1939, Heart of Midlothian 8-2 St. Johnstone

Did you know?

Alan Anderson made the most appearances of any Hearts player against St. Johnstone? Our former captain also holds the record for the first recorded sending off in this fixture: being dismissed from the field at Tynecastle after after 39 minutes following a clash with the Saints’ goalkeeper.

St. Johnstone’s Willie Coburn was then sent off just minutes later! The referee showed him a red card after a skirmish between Coburn and Hearts’ Roald Jensen.
 
Incidentally: Hearts went on to win 1-0. George Fleming’s strike sealing the points.(Hearts 1-0 St. Johnstone, Sat 11 February 1967)

What's Robbie said?

"It's been a while, hasn't it? We had something like four midweeks on the bounce. It's been good to get some proper training and preparation. 

"Previously it's just been game and recovery, now I can spend a bit more time shoring up how we should be playing and defending. I think the schedule took a toll on all the teams apart from Rangers and Celtic, who have a much bigger squad than everyone else. They can rotate five or six and bring in international quality, which very few people can do.

"I don't think we're far off it {getting back to early season displays} to be honest with you. First half of the last couple of games, we've started really well. When we haven't had the goals to take us clear in the second half it's been a bit more difficult. We just need to take the chances that fall our way.”