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St Johnstone 2-2 Hearts: Matty Kennedy penalty earns Perth side point

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Watch: Should Dallas have given St Johnstone a penalty for this?

Manager Craig Levein says he is "fed up" at decisions going against his side after Matty Kennedy's controversial penalty for St Johnstone denied Hearts a first win since October.

After Liam Gordon went down in the box under Peter Haring's challenge, Kennedy placed his penalty low into the net.

After Sunday's loss to Rangers, Levein said "it was like playing against 12 men" and he felt hard done by again.

"Me pointing out errors made doesn't make any difference," Levein said.

In manager Tommy Wright's 250th game in charge, St Johnstone came from behind twice to claim a point and extended their unbeaten run to seven games.

Arnaud Djoum and Oliver Bozanic both scored with headers either side of a Blair Alston volley for St Johnstone before Kennedy's leveller.

The win would have ended a run of six games without a win for Hearts and Levein and assistant Austin MacPhee raced to confront referee Andrew Dallas at full-time to remonstrate over the penalty award.

"I've only seen it [the penalty] from three angles and, well, I'll keep my counsel on it because I'll let the media decide whether they think it's a penalty or not," said Levein.

Contrasting fortunes

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Highlights: St Johnstone 2-2 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts were six games without a win, five of those defeats. Yet St Johnstone were perhaps the perfect opponent to get them back to winning ways, with the Gorgie men having won three of their last four against the Perth side.

And they were soon in front, with the first goal scored by a Hearts player since 23 October. Michael Smith's cross found Djoum at the back post, and he rose highest to head beyond Zander Clark.

That was the first time the St Johnstone defence had been breached in six games, and their unbeaten record stretching across that time was now under threat.

But they came roaring back at the visitors with Alston and Watt both forcing saves, before Alston took his second opportunity when he volleyed in David Wotherspoon's cross.

Hearts have scored more headers this season than any other Premiership side, and Bozanic would make it nine when he got himself between a ruck of bodies to bullet home from Olly Lee's free-kick.

It was terrific fare, but Hearts appeared to have stemmed the tide until a moment of controversy when Gordon fell to the turf inside the box and earned his side a penalty.

Peter Haring was penalised for a tug on the shirt, but it looked soft. Kennedy took full advantage and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.

It was harsh on Hearts, but no less than the home side deserved and both sides pushed for a winner, though Callumn Morrison volleyed the best chance straight at St Johnstone goalkeeper Clark.

Tommy Wright's record in charge of St Johnstone
Tommy Wright's record in his 250 games charge of St Johnstone

Referee again takes centre stage - analysis

BBC Scotland's Tyrone Smith at McDiarmid Park

After his eventful League Cup final display, Andrew Dallas will once again be making the headlines.

The key moment in this game was his decision to award St Johnstone a penalty midway through the second half, one which would appear to fall in to the soft category at best.

It was a decision Levein will feel has cost his side three points, and will no doubt further fuel the simmering tension between the Tynecastle boss and the men in the middle.

Would Hearts have taken a point before the game? Perhaps. But the manner of it may well be something we will be hearing a lot more about over the coming days.

'We should have won' - reaction

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "It's quite obvious we should have won, it's two points dropped. We totally dominated and they barely laid a glove on us from open play.

"Decisions go for you and against you. But Craig [Levein] has had a lot to say about referees recently, but this is a game where they'll be happy to get a point because they were second best all night."

Hearts manager Craig Levein: "The reason I'm not saying too much is sometimes your thoughts go down a road and I don't want to go down that road. It's unsavoury so I don't want to speak about it.

"We're having a tough time. I can only compliment the players for their efforts despite difficult circumstances. But I'm getting fed up with this whole thing."

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Clark
  • 19FosterBooked at 90mins
  • 15Kerr
  • 5Shaughnessy
  • 3TanserSubstituted forGordonat 45'minutes
  • 4AlstonSubstituted forKaneat 65'minutes
  • 8Davidson
  • 26CraigBooked at 79mins
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 54mins
  • 33Kennedy
  • 32WattSubstituted forMcMillanat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Kane
  • 16McMillan
  • 17Nydam
  • 21Scougall
  • 23Gordon
  • 28Callachan
  • 30Hurst

Hearts

  • 1Zlamal
  • 2Smith
  • 28Dikamona
  • 6BerraBooked at 86mins
  • 11MitchellSubstituted forGodinhoat 76'minutes
  • 5HaringBooked at 47mins
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 8LeeSubstituted forMorrisonat 80'minutes
  • 7Bozanic
  • 9ClareBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMacLeanat 90'minutes
  • 15Wighton

Substitutes

  • 13Doyle
  • 16Hughes
  • 18MacLean
  • 20Cochrane
  • 23Mulraney
  • 26Godinho
  • 38Morrison
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,040

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 2, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 2, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Booking

Richard Foster (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Richard Foster (St. Johnstone).

Richard Foster (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callumn Morrison (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Michael Smith (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Steven MacLean replaces Sean Clare.

Booking

Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David McMillan (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. David McMillan replaces Tony Watt.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Callumn Morrison replaces Olly Lee.

Booking

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Clévid Dikamona (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Marcus Godinho replaces Demetri Mitchell.

Delay in match Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Zdenek Zlamal.

Attempt saved. Matthew Kennedy (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian).

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 2, Heart of Midlothian 2. Matthew Kennedy (St. Johnstone) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty St. Johnstone. Murray Davidson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Peter Haring (Heart of Midlothian) after a foul in the penalty area.

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Haring (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Christopher Kane replaces Blair Alston.

Tony Watt (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Clévid Dikamona (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Peter Haring (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Kilmarnock1694324121231
2Rangers1593337132430
3Celtic149323172430
4Hearts168352219327
5St Johnstone157441820-225
6Aberdeen147341713424
7Livingston156451412222
8Hibernian155552519620
9Motherwell154381625-915
10Hamilton1641111236-2413
11St Mirren1623111131-209
12Dundee1522111232-208
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