Tynecastle trip appeals to Lomas

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St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas is relishing his trip to a "proper football ground" in Tynecastle as his team look to continue their impressive away record at Hearts on Saturday.

Saints have only lost one game on the road this season, against Hibernian, and have kept clean sheets in six away games. They followed wins at Celtic and Motherwell with a draw at Ibrox in Lomas' first game in charge and the Northern Irishman plans to silence the home fans at Tynecastle.

The stadium is well known to Lomas, who held talks over joining Hearts in 2005. And the former Manchester City and West Ham midfielder said: "It's a tough place to go, Tynecastle, what I would call a proper football ground - good atmosphere, good fans."

He added: "I nearly signed for Hearts when George Burley was there so I know all about it.

"I was pretty close, but obviously there were things going on behind the scenes that I wasn't aware of and it just never materialised.

"I ended up signing for QPR, which is a similar place, with fans right on top of you. It's not the biggest stadium but it creates a fantastic atmosphere.

"Hopefully we go there and silence them, that's what we're looking to do.

"The lads shouldn't go there with any fear but you still have to do the right things and it's good to have a few nerves.

"We take heart from the fact that we've been to difficult places and got results."

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