Collin Samuel was on target in St Johnstone's win over 10-man Hearts
By David McDaid
Substitute Jonatan Johansson scored his first Scottish Premier League goal in more than 10 years to give St Johnstone a late win over 10-man Hearts.
Christian Nade gave the hosts the lead with a thunderous strike in an otherwise drab first period.
St Johnstone levelled on the hour from a fine Collin Samuel header before Hearts' Jose Goncalves was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Liam Craig.
Saints exploited their advantage and sealed the points with minutes to go.
The win lifts St Johnstone above Hearts into eighth place, but it was the hosts who looked more threatening going forward early on with Nade involved in good build-up play and David Obua supporting well on the left.
It was they who combined to set up Ian Black with a chance which he swept past Graeme Smith's post.
But at times the Hearts looked hesitant in the centre of defence and their failure to deal with a high ball on 12 minutes allowed St Johnstone's Felipe Morais to fire a crisp shot at Janos Balogh.
On the half-hour mark Nade teed up Gary Glen from outside the box, but the Hearts forward's attempted curling effort was weak and straight into the goalkeeper's arms.
Neither goalkeeper had had a serious save to make in a fairly uneventful first half, but Smith could have done nothing to prevent Nade's stunning opener.
The Frenchman spun and dragged the ball away from a defender before unleashing a wonderful shot from thirty yards which flew inside the far post.
The goal - Hearts' first in three games - lifted the hosts, who then went close from Obua and Jason Thomson.
But with a simple high ball down the middle Morais could have equalised if Balogh had not been quick off his line to block the Portuguese player's effort.
Substitute Jonatan Johansson fired home the winner for Saints
St Johnstone upped their game after break but, like the first half, there was little action of note until the Perth side equalised on the hour.
Morais twisted and turned on the left wing before swinging over a teasing cross which Samuel rose well to head past Balogh.
Samuel watched two further efforts go wide, before Jody Morris had a glorious opportunity to put Saints ahead.
But Balogh again came to Hearts' rescue with a point-blank block from the Londoner. The home side were forced to play the last 10 minutes with 10 men after Goncalves was sent off for a dangerous challenge.
The Portuguese defender's boot was high but did not make contact with his opponent.
As St Johnstone pushed to take advantage of their depleted opponents, Craig had a back post shot deflected over from six yards.
And with four minutes remaining Johansson, just on as a substitute, arrived at the back post to divert in Craig's header, and seal the three points for St Johnstone.
Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo:
"We lost the match and today was not good enough.
"Everybody must come out and do more for the team. Some players do not show enough on the pitch.
"I would like to see them give something back for the supports and the club.
"You must score goals, and in the first half we had two or three very good opportunities.
"But up front we cannot keep the ball, and in midfield they must try to play simple football.
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes:
"In the first half we were disappointed with our performance.
"We fell in love with the longer ball to Kenny Deuchar, but the players took on board what we asked of them in the second period.
"They passed it a lot better, created chances and thoroughly deserved the win.
"The game did swing towards us after the ordering off, but even against 11 men I felt we had the momentum in the second half.
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Saturday, 21 November 2009
05 Jose Goncalves red card
13 Obua (Kingston 88)
21 Ismael Bouzid
08 Black yellow card (Thomson 75)
14 Nade yellow card
36 Glen (David Witteveen 67)
15 David Witteveen,
07 Millar (Moon 46 yellow card)
20 Davidson (Johansson 86)
22 Morais (Craig 66)
Ref: O'ReillyAtt: 13,416
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:35 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+2:09 David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.
90:00+2:09 Booking Christian Nade receives a yellow card.
90:00+2:02 Kevin Moon fouled by Christian Nade, the ref awards a free kick.
89:48 Jonatan Johansson is ruled offside. Lee Wallace restarts play with the free kick.
88:29 Liam Craig is penalised for a handball. Free kick crossed left-footed by Craig Thomson from right wing, Graeme Smith makes
87:45 Substitution (Hearts) makes a substitution, with Laryea Kingston coming on for David Obua.
86:08 Assist on the goal came from Liam Craig.
86:08 GOAL - Jonatan Johansson:Hearts 1 - 2 St Johnstone A goal is scored by Jonatan Johansson from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 1-2 St Johnstone.
85:22 Substitution Murray Davidson goes off and Jonatan Johansson comes on.
82:38 Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line, David Obua makes a clearance.
80:35 Craig Thomson produces a cross.
78:59 Unfair challenge on Christian Nade by David MacKay results in a free kick. Craig Thomson crosses the ball from the free kick
left-footed from left wing, save by Graeme Smith.
76:56 Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.
76:56 Sent off Jose Goncalves sent off.
76:41 Jose Goncalves challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
76:03 Corner taken by Liam Craig, Janos Balogh makes a save.
75:49 The ball is sent over by Liam Craig, Jody Morris takes a shot. Save made by Janos Balogh.
74:53 Jason Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson. Free kick taken by Murray Davidson.
74:09 Substitution Craig Thomson is brought on as a substitute for Ian Black.
73:53 Collin Samuel produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
73:15 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Collin Samuel misses to the left of the target.
72:08 Liam Craig takes the free kick.
72:08 Booking Ian Black goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
71:58 Ian Black challenges Daniel Grainger unfairly and gives away a free kick.
69:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Witteveen by Stuart McCaffrey. Direct effort from the free kick comes in
from Michael Stewart.
66:49 Substitution David Witteveen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Glen.
65:35 Substitution Liam Craig is brought on as a substitute for Filipe Morais.
62:11 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ian Black, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.
61:19 Foul by Filipe Morais on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Michael Stewart takes the direct free kick.
59:20 Filipe Morais provided the assist for the goal.
59:20 GOAL - Collin Samuel:Hearts 1 - 1 St Johnstone Collin Samuel grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Hearts 1-1 St Johnstone.
58:34 Free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
58:34 Booking Kevin Moon is shown a yellow card.
58:28 Foul by Kevin Moon on Lee Wallace, free kick awarded.
53:21 Michael Stewart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jody Morris. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
49:06 David Obua challenges Collin Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
Correction - 45:01 Substitution Kevin Moon replaces Chris Millar.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:01 Substitution Kenny Deuchar leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin Moon.
45:00+0:27 The referee blows for half time.
45:00+0:08 Jason Thomson fouled by Filipe Morais, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
43:53 Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Christian Nade results in a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
43:47 A cross is delivered by Lee Wallace, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.
40:20 Filipe Morais fouled by Jason Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. Murray Davidson takes the direct free kick.
39:47 Foul by Stuart McCaffrey on Christian Nade, free kick awarded. Michael Stewart takes the direct free kick.
38:48 Unfair challenge on Kenny Deuchar by Ruben Palazuelos results in a free kick. Filipe Morais has a direct shot on goal from
the free kick.
38:33 David Obua takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
36:38 Jason Thomson has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
36:06 Corner taken right-footed by Ian Black from the right by-line, Kevin Rutkiewicz makes a clearance.
35:22 Ian Black takes a outswinging corner.
34:22 Assist by Lee Wallace.
34:22 GOAL - Christian Nade:Hearts 1 - 0 St Johnstone Christian Nade scores a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 St Johnstone.
31:08 Foul by Gary Glen on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
30:33 Gary Glen takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
26:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by Ruben Palazuelos. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free
26:03 Stuart McCaffrey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Glen. Direct free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
21:58 The offside flag is raised against Collin Samuel. Janos Balogh restarts play with the free kick.
16:33 Murray Davidson challenges Ian Black unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Stewart restarts play with the free kick.
13:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Rutkiewicz by Christian Nade. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
11:27 Filipe Morais takes a shot. Save made by Janos Balogh.
9:44 David Obua is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
2:44 Shot from just outside the box by Gary Glen misses to the right of the goal.
1:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by David Obua. Kevin Rutkiewicz restarts play with the free kick.
0:50 Gary Glen takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
0:00 The match gets underway.
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