Kilmarnock 1-2 St Johnstone

St Johnstone warmed up for next week's Scottish Cup semi-final by coming from behind to beat Kilmarnock in the Premiership.

Robbie Muirhead slid in to edge Killie ahead early on.

But Frazer Wright headed Saints level and Steven Anderson's inventive back-heel turned the match in the Perth side's favour.

And though Tommy Wright's side could not add to their lead, they go into the cup meeting with Aberdeen in fine form.

Killie might reckon they have blown the chance to ease their end of season play-off fears, especially since St Mirren pulled off a last-gasp win at home to Motherwell.

Kilmarnock were ahead inside four minutes thanks to their hot prospect Muirhead.

Kris Boyd's shot on the turn was saved by Saints 'keeper Alan Mannus but he couldn't hold on to the ball and the 18-year-old pounced on the rebound to stab home the opening goal.

Allan Johnston's team kicked on from that dream start and dominated the first half-hour with a slick passing display. What they lacked was end product.

The closest they got to increasing their advantage was a 25-yard lob from Alexei Eremenko which was just a couple of feet too high.

And at the other end Kilmarnock couldn't cope with corner kicks. They were well warned when a David Wotherspoon header from Lee Croft's corner was cleared off the line by Rory McKenzie.

But they didn't learn their lesson and from another corner kick St Johnstone squared the game on 31 minutes.

On the end of Croft's corner, Wright escaped his marker and crashed a header into the top corner of Craig Samson's goal.

Kilmarnock were found guilty again of failing to deal with a corner kick two minutes shy of half-time.

This time it was an in-swinger from Wotherspoon which found another central defender taking advantage of penalty box freedom to score. Anderson's goal was one for his scrapbook as he flew threw the air and back-heeled the ball past Samson.

In the second half St Johnstone were solid and Kilmarnock never really looked like salvaging something from the game.

And having looked early on as if they might move further clear of the playoff dogfight, the East Ayrshire side are now deeply embroiled again.

As It Stood

4Dundee Utd3315991754
5Inverness CT3315711552
6St Johnstone3314613748
9Ross County338718-1831
10St Mirren338718-2131
11Partick Thistle3361215-2130
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