MATCH PREVIEW | Saints vs Hearts

Friday 22nd December

Saints look to build on their fantastic win away at Rangers last weekend when they take on the side that defeated the other half of the Old Firm on Sunday, Hearts.

Respective 3-1 and 4-0 victories for Saints and Hearts over the Glasgow giants last weekend helped to ensure both teams’ places inside the Premiership’s top six and Saints, who currently sit in sixth, are three points behind their upcoming opponents who themselves are unbeaten in six games and have won their previous three.

Coming off of last Saturday’s success at Ibrox, Tommy Wright has provided an update on how the squad is looking:

“The team’s looking good.” said the Saints boss. “Obviously you would imagine - and rightly so - that everybody is buzzing after the result and performance they got.

“We’ve had a good week’s training. Easty [Brian Easton] and Aaron Comrie have been able to take part this week so it’s been a really good week. Monday to Friday can help you prepare for Saturday but ultimately it’s what happens on the Saturday that counts.”

Liam Craig has also been speaking on how Saints must keep their feet firmly on the ground and remain focused, despite the tremendous success of last Saturday.

“We’re never a team that gets too down when lose a couple of games but it was the same with Saturday.” said Craig

“We enjoyed Saturday and enjoyed the celebrations at the end of the game but come Monday morning it’s back to business and that is trying to get as many points as we can between now and the end of the year. A couple of defeats and you can find yourself further down the league again, it’s so tight. I think now that with the position we’re in we really need to kick on, improve the home form and try and get a couple of wins.”

The midfielder, who picked up a fine assist against Rangers, has talked of the challenge that lies ahead against a rejuvenated Hearts side:

“Like always with Hearts you always know that it’s going to be difficult and with Craig Levein having taken over, they’ve not conceded many goals so we’re going to have to be at our best in the final third when we’re attacking and likewise when we’re defending.

“You see them scoring four goals against Celtic and it maybe could have been five or six so we’re going to have to be as strong and as resolute as we were at Ibrox on Saturday.”

Saints are searching for a better outcome against the Jambos this time around. During the pair’s previous meeting at Murrayfield in October, a slice of bad luck costs Saints dear with Kyle Lafferty’s deflected effort secured a 1-0 win for the Edinburgh side in what was an extremely tight affair. Following both teams’ results last time out, the same kind of game will likely be expected this Saturday afternoon.

MATCH PREVIEW BY GARY PETERSEN

ADMISSION DETAILS

Home Support

Saints fans will be accommodated in the East Stand, West Stand and South Stand (families only) at the normal league admission prices:

WEST STAND

Adult - £24 Senior Citizen - £15 13-16 year old - £14 Accompanied kids aged 12 and under – free of charge

EAST STAND

Adult - £23 Senior Citizen - £13 17-18 year old - £12 13-16 year old - £9 Accompanied kids aged 12 and under – free of charge

SOUTH STAND

1 adult and up to two kids ages 12 and under - £16. Additional adult in a family group - £16. No unaccompanied adults.

Away Support

Hearts fans can access the North Stand or West Stand.

Access to the North Stand is either by ticket (pre-purchased from HOMFC) or cash. Cash payers will be issued with a ticket showing a row and seat number which should be adhered to. Prices: Adult- £23; Senior citizen- £13; 13-18 year olds - £12; Accompanied kids aged 12 and under with a full paying adult – free of charge (see also note below re West Stand ‘Family deal’)

Access to the West Stand is by cash only. Turnstile 5 offers a ‘Family deal’ of 1 adult and up to two kids aged 12 and under for £16 (no unaccompanied adults). Turnstiles 6 and 7 prices are as follows: Adult- £24; Senior citizen - £15; 13 – 18 year olds - £14

DISABLED SUPPORTERS (Both clubs)

Wheelchair/ambulant disabled + personal assistant tickets are priced at £14 (price includes PA). Away support wheelchairs are accommodated in the north end of the West Stand. Accessible parking bays for the game are now fully booked but our car park attendants will do their best to assist on the day.

Limited parking is available at the ground prices at £5.

NB – Egress from the ground after the game by car will be onto a major road which will be busy with additional Christmas traffic. Police will assist this process if resources allow but all motorists should build time into their plans which allow for the fact that car park will take some time to clear.