Three things we learned from Hearts' 1-0 loss at St Johnstone

No goals, a lack of urgency and little light at the end of the tunnel - three talking points from Hearts' defeat in Perth

Hearts fans express their anger at Craig Levein, inset
Hearts fans express their anger at Craig Levein, inset

Lack of goals a real concern

The Gorgie men’s lack of potency in the final third has already been well documented this season. It would be wrong to single out Uche Ikpeazu for the side’s profligacy in the mere fact that he has nothing to feed off in and around the penalty box.

Hearts really are creating nothing of note, epitomised by their one shot on target in 90 minutes at McDiarmid Park. It would seem the only glimmer of hope that the situation will improve is the return of both Jamie Walker and Steven Naismith.

The former did come on with half an hour to play but requires more minutes under his belt to get up to speed.

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No urgency

Even when Hearts did fall behind to Christophe Berra’s 59th minute own goal, the visitors never looked liked a side capable of hauling themselves level.

There was no quick-thinking, no urgency, no reaction, despite the clock ticking down and a fifth loss of the Premiership campaign looming large.

That the Hearts players seemed unable to rouse themselves in the search for an equaliser, which must be manager Craig Levein’s biggest worry, if not the growing clamour for his head.

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When does enough become enough?

Hearts are in deep trouble, there’s no two ways about it. Just one win in 11, it’s difficult to see where the side’s next point is coming from under the current regime.

Does a weekend jaunt to Hampden represent a free hit in the Betfred Cup semi-finals? Absolutely.

However, you get the sense another cup semi-final appearance isn’t at the forefront of the supporters’ minds. The biggest concern in Gorgie right now is the direction the club is heading in.

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Hearts look relegation material despite it only being the end of October.