St Johnstone 2 - 2 Hearts

Match info: Scottish Premier at McDiarmid Park

Date: 15/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: W Collum Att: 2,974

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

St J'stone

Rowan Vine 16
Steven MacLean 60



John Sutton 15
Andrew Driver 38

FT (ht: 1-2)

  • Last Updated: December 15 2012, 19:00 GMT

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas praised the performance of his makeshift defence after they held together in a 2-2 draw with Hearts.

Steven MacLean celebrates his equaliser
Steven MacLean celebrates his equaliser

Suspensions had robbed Lomas of three starting defenders ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter, but their replacements improved after a shaky first half and stifled their opponents in a second period where the home side dominated.

The visitors opened the scoring through John Sutton and Andrew Driver gave them a 2-1 half-time advantage after Rowan Vine had levelled the scores, while Steve MacLean equalised after the break.

Lomas was particularly pleased with the contribution from David McCracken, who returned early from injury to provide emergency cover at the heart of the back four.

"I don't normally give individual praise but I thought David McCracken today was absolutely fantastic," Lomas said.

"To come back four weeks after a triple fracture, which needed plating and screws to put it back together, I give him all the credit in the world.

"I also thought Tom Scobbie played well as well, playing out of position at centre-half, and I was delighted with both of them.

"I give the lads credit for fighting back twice, they came back well. If we'd had that break of the ball at the end then we could have gotten the win, taking those chances when you get them is the difference between winning and just getting a point.

"I thought we shaded it and had we gone on to win the game nobody would have had any complaints."

Hearts manager John McGlynn was pleased with the effort shown by his players but could not help but wonder if they should have taken more from the game after missing a crucial chance at 2-1.

"We had a chance to make it 3-1." McGlynn said. "It was a great knockdown by John Sutton and Gordon Smith is there and I think at the very least the Hearts support thought that was going to hit the back of the net, he just didn't catch it right.

"If we'd gotten the two-goal cushion then it might have been enough.

"It was a very well earned, hard earned, point for us. St Johnstone looked dangerous and we've Jamie MacDonald to thank for some really good saves.

"We've not had a great record here, so a point in Perth is fair enough."

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