How the Hearts players rated against St Johnstone

Tynecastle side fall flat again - but did anyone in maroon have a good game?

Saturday, 14th December 2019, 5:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 14th December 2019, 5:59 pm
Zdenek Zlamal had a mixed afternoon at Tynecastle.
Zdenek Zlamal had a mixed afternoon at Tynecastle.

Here are marks out of ten for each Hearts player who played against St Johnstone.

Zdenek Zlamal - 5

Another erratic display from the Czech littered with indecision and poor kickouts but illuminated by two excellent saves, one of which defied belief as he somehow tipped over Callum Hendry's close-range effort.

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Michael Smith - 5

Unable to get forward as much as he would have liked and had a couple of shaky moments defensively. Not the right-back's most assured display.

Craig Halkett - 5

The big centre-back generally defended well enough but gave the ball away in dangerous areas on more than one occasion.

Christophe Berra - 6

The captain was fairly sound defensively and made an effort to step out with the ball on occasions although Stendel looked exasperated when he punted a ball long in second half.

Aaron Hickey - 7

Restored after his recent break from the team, the teenager looked back to his assured, composed best.

Sean Clare - 5

Passed the ball well enough when in possession but didn't do anything to hurt the opposition. Missed a decent chance in first half.

Glenn Whelan - 6

Always showed for the ball in midfield and tried to take responsibility but found the going tough in a game that descended into a scrap.

Oliver Bozanic - 5

Worked hard and saw plenty of the ball but gave it away too many times and irked the home support with poor delivery from corners.

Jamie Walker - 6

Battled hard for the team and won his fair share of tackles. Looked the likeliest Hearts player to make something happen but unable to get a clear sight of goal.

Aidan Keena - 5

Given a rare start, the Irish striker got himself involved in the thick of the action but his touch let him down on too many occasions. Subbed at half-time.

Steven MacLean - 6

Singled out for praise by Daniel Stendel afterwards, the veteran took up some good positions and linked the play well at times, particularly in the first half. Wasted Hearts' best chance just before the break.

Substitutes

Ryotaro Meshino - 4

On at half-time but nothing came off for the Japanese who has lost his way after a bright start to his Hearts career.

Uche Ikpeazu - 6

Roused the Hearts support with a couple of moments of spark in closing stages.

Loic Damour - N/A

On too late to make an impact.