Heart of Midlothian ensured they didn't lose any ground in the race for third when they defeated St Johnstone 1-0 at Tynecastle Park as the Scottish Premiership returned following the international break.

Lawrence Shankland netted the winning goal, diverting a Liam Boyce effort past Dimitar Mitov in the Saints goal. It wasn't the most thrilling of encounters but it was one where Hearts walked away with the three points.

Our writer Joel and James discussed the victory in the aftermath of the match as they picked through the positivesΒ of what could be an important win as well as the struggles Steven Naismith's men encountered with St Johnstone posing stubborn opposition and tweaking their midfield system early on as Hearts dominated the early proceedings.

You can watch the full discussion in the player below or listen as a podcast on Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcasts.

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