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Kilmarnock 0-1 St Johnstone

Murray Davidson scores
Murray Davidson's goal ensured St Johnstone beat Kilmarnock

St Johnstone moved seven points clear in fifth place in the Scottish Premiership with victory at Kilmarnock.

Murray Davidson slotted the game's only goal two minutes before half-time, side-footing home from inside the box.

Killie's Souleymane Coulibaly had a free kick saved by Zander Clark, before his counterpart Jamie MacDonald brilliantly denied Graham Cummins.

Kilmarnock's Luke Hendrie was sent off in the dying minutes for two bookable offences in quick succession.

Storm Barbara subsided enough to give the players a fighting chance of providing some football and they made a decent fist of it.

Danny Swanson, close to signing a new deal with St Johnstone, was again outstanding for his team, inventive and creative in the middle of the park - although he did fade and was eventually replaced by Liam Craig.

Kilmarnock were forced to replace the injured Rory McKenzie with Dean Hawkshaw after just 32 minutes and that was a blow, for McKenzie had been closest to scoring for them in the first half with a low shot which troubled Zander Clark.

It was a better game than the crowd of 3,056 had any right to expect, given the weather conditions.

However, Davidson's goal was all too easy from a Kilmarnock perspective.

Blair Alston floated in a corner from the right and almost casually Davidson stepped on to it to open his right foot and slot it beyond goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

The home support had MacDonald to thank for keeping them in the game with a fabulous double save, but it was to no avail.

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Highlights: Kilmarnock 0-1 St Johnstone

And Kilmarnock's night ended with further problems. Hendrie was first yellow carded for a crude challenge as St Johnstone tried to waste time at the corner flag.

He followed that up within seconds with a second yellow for what looked like comments made to referee Stephen Finnie.

The result saw Lee Clark's men drop to eighth, while St Johnstone moved to within one point of fourth-placed Hearts.

Post-match reaction

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark: "We didn't deserve anything. We started average at best. We have to be more ruthless, we can't keep relying on Souleymane Coulibaly to score wonder goals. The second half deteriorated into long balls.

"I take responsibility for the way we deteriorated. I made the wrong decision with the first substitution. Not that putting Kris Boyd on was the wrong one, but the person I took off, Nathan Tyson, was the wrong decision, I should have had Kris and Nathan on together."

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "Kilmarnock looked threatening in the first half. We gave away silly free-kicks and gave them an opportunity to put balls in our box, but we dealt with them well.

"As the second half wore on I thought we looked the more threatening and we saw the game out which was important."

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 27HendrieBooked at 90mins
  • 36Wilson
  • 5Boyle
  • 24Taylor
  • 8DickerBooked at 88mins
  • 3SmithSubstituted forCameronat 78'minutes
  • 19Coulibaly
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forHawkshawat 32'minutes
  • 11Jones
  • 12TysonSubstituted forBoydat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Smith
  • 9Boyd
  • 18Adams
  • 21Frizzell
  • 31Mackay
  • 33Hawkshaw
  • 44Cameron

St Johnstone

  • 12Clark
  • 19Foster
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 6Anderson
  • 24Easton
  • 4Alston
  • 7Millar
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 62mins
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 57mins
  • 11SwansonSubstituted forCraigat 70'minutes
  • 25KaneSubstituted forCumminsat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mannus
  • 3Scobbie
  • 18Paton
  • 22Watson
  • 26Craig
  • 29Cummins
  • 33Hunter
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
3,056

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, St. Johnstone 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, St. Johnstone 1.

Attempt saved. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock).

Booking

Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock).

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Luke Hendrie.

Attempt blocked. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

Booking

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Hawkshaw (Kilmarnock).

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

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

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Foul by Innes Cameron (Kilmarnock).

Chris Millar (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Brian Easton (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Iain Wilson.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Gary Dicker.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Souleymane Coulibaly.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Innes Cameron replaces Steven Smith.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by William Boyle.

Attempt missed. Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Dean Hawkshaw (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone).

Attempt saved. Souleymane Coulibaly (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Souleymane Coulibaly (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Foul by Dean Hawkshaw (Kilmarnock).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic17161047133449
2Rangers1810532518735
3Aberdeen1894532181431
4Hearts197753425928
5St Johnstone187652420427
6Ross County194872032-1220
7Dundee1954101826-819
8Kilmarnock194781631-1519
9Partick Thistle194692229-718
10Motherwell184592231-917
11Hamilton1821061925-616
12Inverness CT183782334-1116
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