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St Johnstone 0-0 Kilmarnock

St Johnstone and Kilmarnock could not find a winner between them as they played out a stale goalless draw at McDiarmid Park.

The home side had the better of the first half with Michael O'Halloran and David Wotherspoon forcing saves from Killie keeper Craig Samson.

In a more even second half both goalkeepers had to be on top form to keep the scores level.

And Samson denied O'Halloran again in the dying seconds.

The game was hard fought but lacked any real quality on the sodden pitch, with a draw doing neither side any favours in the race for a top six spot.

After hitting six goals in their last two games, Kilmarnock were confident they could add to that tally and looked the more likely of the two teams early on with Nathan Eccleston and Chris Johnston both testing the home side early.

However, Saints slowly took control of the game, bursting forward in numbers from midfield and stretching the Killie backline.

O'Halloran squeezed between two defenders and fired a shot off the legs of Samson before Steven MacLean rattled the rebound off a defender.

Wotherspoon and MacLean kept the goalkeeper working as they continued on the front foot, and Chris Kane thought he should have had a penalty after he fell to the turf following a storming O'Halloran run, only to instead be booked for diving.

St Johnstone's Frazer Wright required treatment after an accidental clash with team-mate Steven Anderson
St Johnstone's Frazer Wright required treatment after an accidental clash with team-mate Steven Anderson

It was one-way traffic with Chris Millar and Dave Mackay also getting in on the act - putting efforts wide - but Kilmarnock sprung forward on the counter attack and only a fine save from Alan Mannus stopped Tope Obadeyi breaking the deadlock with a fierce drive from outside the box.

Kane, irked by his first-half yellow card, was again complaining in referee Euan Anderson's ear when Manuel Pascali's challenge also did not lead to a penalty.

The sense of injustice did not initially spark a sustained onslaught from the home side and Josh Magennis and Eccleston both kept Mannus busy at the other end.

O'Halloran had a curling effort turned wide, but St Johnstone's failure to keep possession kept opening up opportunities for Gary Locke's men and Eccleston almost found the inside of the near post after holding off a crowd of defenders.

It was anyone's game to win going into the final 15 minutes. Murray Davidson volleyed right at Samson, but then Kilmarnock were denied four times within seconds of each other.

Johnston, Eccleston twice and Magennis all fired in goalbound efforts but none of them could find a way past Mannus.

Tommy Wright's men made one last push forward, and Wotherspoon's cross was inches away from finding Brian Graham at the back post, but there was drama right at the death when Samson spilled Danny Swanson's free-kick into the path of O'Halloran, but he could not adjust his body to get any power or direction on his shot.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 2MackayBooked at 32mins
  • 5WrightSubstituted forScobbieat 74'minutes
  • 6AndersonBooked at 84mins
  • 24EastonBooked at 44mins
  • 7Millar
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 18Davidson
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forSwansonat 89'minutes
  • 25KaneBooked at 33minsSubstituted forGrahamat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scobbie
  • 11Swanson
  • 14Graham
  • 15Banks
  • 17McFadden
  • 19Miller
  • 22Croft

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 22WestlakeBooked at 15mins
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 29Pascali
  • 23Chantler
  • 26O'Hara
  • 19Slater
  • 10JohnstonBooked at 50mins
  • 14Eccleston
  • 16ObadeyiSubstituted forEremenkoat 76'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 2Barbour
  • 9Miller
  • 13Brennan
  • 15Smith
  • 20Eremenko
  • 30Kiltie
  • 36Syme
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
3,170

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 0, Kilmarnock 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 0, Kilmarnock 0.

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Brian Graham (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Danny Swanson replaces Steven MacLean.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Darryl Westlake.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Darryl Westlake.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Josh Magennis.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Darryl Westlake.

Booking

Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone).

Nathan Eccleston (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Alexei Eremenko replaces Tope Obadeyi.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Tam Scobbie replaces Frazer Wright because of an injury.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Darryl Westlake.

Attempt saved. Nathan Eccleston (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Nathan Eccleston (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Craig Samson.

Attempt saved. Nathan Eccleston (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Brian Easton.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Foul by Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone).

Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Brian Graham replaces Christopher Kane.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

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

Foul by Darryl Westlake (Kilmarnock).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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As It Stood

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1Celtic25193352133960
2Aberdeen26183547212657
3Inverness CT28165742291353
4Dundee Utd27144949381146
5Hamilton29125123940-141
6Dundee2810993939039
7St Johnstone27115112427-338
8Kilmarnock2797112935-634
9Partick Thistle2777133535028
10Ross County2756162852-2421
11St Mirren2863192246-2421
12Motherwell2763182051-3121
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