PREVIEW | Saints v Hearts

We welcome Hearts to McDiarmid Park tomorrow night as Tommy Wright's men look to make it back-to-back Ladbrokes Premiership wins.

Saturday's victory over Hamilton was an important result for Saints who closed the gap on the teams above them in the table, including tomorrow's opponents.

It means just two points separate Saints in 12th from Hamilton in 8th place in the Ladbrokes Premiership and victory tomorrow could see Saints leapfrog Accies in the table.

Hearts go into Wednesday night's game in 9th place, one point above Saints following their 0-0 draw with Livingston at the weekend.


TEAM NEWS

Liam Gordon remains on the sidelines for tomorrow as the centre-back continues his comeback from a knee injury.

Jason Holt missed Saturday's win over Hamilton with a knock but has trained this week and will be assessed ahead of Wednesday night's clash.

Murray Davidson and David Wotherspoon are nursing niggles from the weekend but Manager Tommy Wright doesn't expect it to rule either of the midfielders out of contention for the Hearts match.


PRESS CONFERENCE

The Manager: "We knew it was a big game at the weekend and how important it was that we got the win.

"It was fully deserved based on our performance and it was a bit of a relief because the players did well and we almost didn't get the result our performance merited.

"The standard has been set now and we have to maintain that level moving forward. We need to build on it now and we go into the game on Wednesday looking to try and make it back-to-back wins.

"We're expecting a tough game. Hearts have a lot of strength and quality in their side - physical up top but with good footballers in there too.

"I've no doubt that on paper Craig will be looking at his side and - similar to ourselves - he will be thinking they shouldn't be where they are in the table at the moment.

"The reality is that we both are and on Wednesday night my only concern is St. Johnstone and getting a positive result for my team.

"On Saturday, we played with a real freedom and if we can do that once again then I've no doubt we can cause Hearts a lot of problems and we can get another win on the board."

Zander Clark: "We can't sit back now just because we've won our first game. We've got to use it as a stepping stone and have the same positive attitude in our play against Hearts.

"The win has been big for us but hopefully it can give the fans a lift as well because they've understandably been frustrated by some of our performances so far.

"It's probably a good thing for us that the game comes around so quickly because it gives us a chance to build confidence and momentum.

"We know that it's going to be a tough game as it always is against Hearts. All we can do is focus on ourselves, make sure we're mentally right and do our jobs on the night.

"If we do that hopefully we'll have the same outcome as the weekend and we'll get another three points on the board."


SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Beat the queues and purchase your ticket online HERE.

You can buy tickets right up until kick-off and these can either be printed at home or scanned from a mobile phone/tablet.

With a reduced number of cash gates at the stadium, buying your ticket online is quick and easy, and will get you into the ground faster!

There will only be two cash gates open in both the East and West (Main) Stands so supporters are advised to buy in advance.

The Muirton Suite will be open before the game tomorrow night from 5PM and will open again post-match until 11PM.

The Saints Shop will be open from pre-match fom 6:30PM to purchase official St. Johnstone merchandise!

There is no Junior Saints Pre-Match Club but it will be back on for our next weekend home fixture against Hibernian on Saturday 9th November.

The Club is delighted to have introduced a brand new 'Sensory Pack' loan-service for disabled supporters with sensory requirements.

The packs have been designed for children and young people in mind and will help to add comfort and security for autistic supporters, enhancing their matchday experience and making their trip to McDiarmid Park more enjoyable.

Each Sensory Pack includes:

  • A colouring in set
  • Bubbles
  • Stress Ball
  • Fidget Toys
  • Ear Plugs

All Sensory Packs must be pre-booked and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. To reserve a pack and to arrange matchday collection, please email DAO@perthsaints.co.uk. The packs will also be available for visiting supporters.

Arrangements can be made for the Sensory Packs to be collected at all St. Johnstone away matches too. For more information please call Beverley Mayer (Disability Access Officer) on 01738 459090.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Tomorrow is the 164th meeting between the two clubs in all competitions, with the visitors having the upper hand in the head-to-head record.

Hearts have won 77 meetings between the sides compared to 44 Saints victories. The fixture has ended in a stalemate on 42 occasions.

Last season Tommy Wright's men failed to beat Craig Levein's side in the Ladbrokes Premiership, losing twice and drawing once at McDiarmid Park.

That was a cold and wet December night in Perth, with Saints twice coming from behind to earn a point thanks to goals from Blair Alston and Matty Kennedy.

You have to go back to the 2016/17 season for the last Saints victory over Hearts, a 1-0 win courtesy of a Chris Kane goal.

That match was on a Wednesday night and interestingly, Saints have not lost to Hearts on Wednesday since January 2002 when Gary Wales and Ricardo Fuller were on target in a 0-2 win for the Jambos.

Since then the sides have played 4 times on a Wednesday night, with Saints winning three (all in the 2016/17 campaign) and drawing once last season.


SAINTS TV

Not making the game?

The game will be shown LIVE on Saints TV tomorrow to overseas subscribers, with live audio commentary for those in the UK/IRE.

Joining Gary Henderson on the commentary tomorrow night is former Saints striker now associate director, Roddy Grant!

Subscribe to Saints TV now so you don't miss any of the action - https://tv.perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk

WATCH the Manager and Ali McCann talk exclusively to Saints TV ahead of the Hearts match.

The Manager

Ali McCann


MORGAN PARRY

The Club is delighted to be welcoming Morgan Parry to McDiarmid Park for our Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Hearts.

Morgan - a keen Bolton Wanderers fan - is a wheelchair user and uses a communication device to speak. He travels all over England to watch his beloved Bolton and also attended the EURO 2016 in France, and the World Cups in Brazil and Russia!

Earlier this year, along with his dad Stephen, Morgan ticked off all 92 EFL grounds and he uses his experience of visiting different clubs to promote good practice on disabled access and inclusion with Level PLaying Field and CAFE who campaign for fans with disabilities.

Morgan says he is looking forward to his visit to McDiarmid Park and he's aiming to visit more grounds in Scotland in the coming seasons.

We're looking forward to welcoming you to Perth, Morgan, and hopefully you bring us good luck!