Sheridan finds his range as Hearts lose their way

 

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Cillian Sheridan netted his first goals of the season to earn St Johnstone an opening Scottish Premier League home win of the campaign as they beat Hearts 2-0 at McDiarmid Park yesterday.

Sheridan twice latched on to passes from strike partner Francisco Sandaza to breach a fragile Hearts defence and leave Paulo Sergio's men without an away win this season. The link-up play between the two summer signings was in stark contrast to a blunt Hearts attack, Stephen Elliott receiving little meaningful support from Sergio's attacking midfielders.

"Potentially it's a decent two to work with," the St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes said about his strikers. "Both have presence, both have the ability to score goals and both have pace."

Maurice Edu has vowed to chip in with more goals, following his superb strike in Rangers' 4-0 win over Dunfermline on Saturday. The midfielder netted with an impressive long-range shot after fellow American Carlos Bocanegra had opened the scoring at East End Park, before Steven Naismith grabbed a double to ensure a comfortable victory.

Edu said: "As a midfielder, scoring some goals is definitely something I can add to my game, whether it be long-range shots or getting into the box."

Ki Sung-yueng believes Celtic will have to rely on their home games if they are to progress out of their difficult Europa League group. The Hoops warmed up for the visit of Udinese on Thursday with a 2-0 win over Inverness at Celtic Park on Saturday. "Away games in the Europa League or Champions League are not easy so we should at least draw away games and win every home game," Ki said. "But as I said, it's not going to be an easy game [against Udinese] because they are a good team."

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