Scottish Premiership
St Johnstone1Inverness CT0

St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT

Chris Kane scores for St Johnstone against Inverness
Chris Kane (far left) secured victory for Saints

Chris Kane's late goal was enough to give St Johnstone only a second win in their last 12 Premiership games.

Kane made it five for the season just when 10-man Inverness CT looked like escaping with a draw.

The Highlanders' captain Gary Warren was sent off for two yellow cards in the space of five second-half minutes.

The second came when he took down Danny Swanson in the penalty box but David Wotherspoon's penalty was saved shortly before Kane's close-range winner.

Victory moves Tommy Wright's side above Dundee into fifth place and level on points with Ross County.

It was just reward for a much improved performance in the second half.

Inverness goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams saves a penalty by St Johnstone's David Wotherspoon
Wotherspoon could not get the better of Owain Fon Williams but Saints still prevailed

Illness rather than injury restricted the attacking options open to John Hughes as Miles Storey and Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo were sidelined with flu.

That denied the Caley Thistle manager his top scorer and the man whose late goal at Easter Road on Sunday booked the Scottish Cup holders a replay against Hibernian.

Former Cambridge United striker Liam Hughes was given a first start up front but it was Jordan Roberts who missed a great chance to give the visitors an early lead.

Liam Polworth's wickedly curling cross from the right was begging to be headed home only for Roberts to steer it the wrong side of the back post.

St Johnstone full-back Darnell Fisher flashed a 20-yard shot over while, at the other end, Iain Vigurs curled a free-kick on to the roof of the net.

The entertainment quotient increased after the interval with St Johnstone in particular showing greater intensity going forward.

Inverness defender Gary Warren
Inverness lost Warren for the final quarter of the match

Steven MacLean nearly set up Kane for a tap-in while Wotherspoon twice got into good positions only for some brilliant blocking from Caley Thistle defenders to avert the danger.

The pressure clearly unnerved Warren, who picked up two quick cautions that means missing the visit of Hamilton Academical on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams bailed the defender out when Wotherspoon stepped up to take the spot-kick that resulted from Warren's foul on Danny Swanson.

The Welshman dived to his right to pull of a terrific block and got a deserved break when the Saints midfielder sent the rebound wide.

But a composed piece of play by Fisher finally helped break the visitors' resistance as he picked out Kane at the back post to clip in the winner.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 22Fisher
  • 6Anderson
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 3Scobbie
  • 16SwansonSubstituted forCraigat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Davidson
  • 4Lappin
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forCumminsat 83'minutes
  • 25Kane

Substitutes

  • 5Doyle
  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 18Cummins
  • 26Craig
  • 27Thomson
  • 66Krachunov

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 20PolworthSubstituted forHornerat 88'minutes
  • 5WarrenBooked at 68mins
  • 14Devine
  • 3Tremarco
  • 19Williams
  • 8Draper
  • 16TanseyBooked at 90mins
  • 27VigursBooked at 90mins
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forWedderburnat 74'minutes
  • 21Hughes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 7Williams
  • 9Foran
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 17Horner
  • 34Brown
  • 38MacLennan
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
2,157

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 1, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 1, Inverness CT 0.

Booking

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Lewis Horner replaces Liam Polworth.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Liam Craig replaces Danny Swanson.

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (St. Johnstone).

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 1, Inverness CT 0. Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Graham Cummins replaces Steven MacLean.

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone).

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone).

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

Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

Foul by Liam Hughes (Inverness CT).

Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Darnell Fisher (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nathaniel Wedderburn replaces Jordan Roberts.

Liam Hughes (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Penalty saved! David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Gary Warren (Inverness CT) for a bad foul.

Penalty St. Johnstone. Danny Swanson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Gary Warren (Inverness CT) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone).

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28196370224863
2Aberdeen29195549311862
3Hearts28158550262453
4Ross County29123144446-239
5St Johnstone29116124446-239
6Dundee2881284042-236
7Motherwell29105143444-1035
8Partick Thistle2897122835-734
9Inverness CT2889113440-633
10Hamilton2979133249-1730
11Kilmarnock2977152951-2228
12Dundee Utd2855182951-2220
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