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Summary

  1. Kane nets winner from close range
  2. Saints' Wotherspoon had penalty saved
  3. Warren off for Inverness after two bookings
  4. Hosts up to fifth in Scottish Premiership

Live Reporting

By Andy Campbell

All times stated are UK

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Time for me to go. Thank you for your company this evening.

We finished the first half pretty strong and took that into the second half. Fair play to David [Wotherspoon], he didn't let it [the penalty being saved] affect him

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

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Craig Angus: #bbcsportscot could be a huge, huge goal for Saints. Both the points and the confidence! Hope Kane gets a run of games

We just could not see the game out. A scrappy goal right at the end - a toe-poke. We lacked a little bit of penetration up top. The sending off changed the whole dynamic of the game and our decision-making

Inverness CT manager John Hughes

Chris Kane scores for St Johnstone against Inverness Caledonian Thistle
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Chris Kane (far left) scored the only goal in Perth

FULL-TIME St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT

Chris Kane's late goal gives St Johnstone victory and moves them up to fifth in the Scottish Premiership.

Saints are now six points clear of tonight's opponents Inverness.

ADDED TIME

St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT

Three minutes of stoppage time being played.

St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT

Not long left in Perth.

Gary Warren and Tam Scobbie
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Gary Warren (left) was sent off after 68 minutes for Inverness

GOAL St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT (Kane)

The breakthrough arrives with Chris Kane knocking in from a couple of yards after Inverness fail to clear their lines following Darnell Fisher's cross.

CLOSE!

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

The St Johnstone pressure continues and Danny Swanson's effort bounces narrowly wide.

Inverness goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams saves David Wotherspoon's penalty for St Johnstone
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Inverness goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams kept his side level by blocking David Wotherspoon's penalty for St Johnstone

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St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

More frustration for David Wotherspoon as his latest shot goes wide for the hosts.

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St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Murray Davidson drives wide after Darnell Fisher's initial shot for St Johnstone is blocked.

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

That was the chance St Johnstone had been waiting for and they will be ruing that saved penalty.

Inverness have to see this game out with 10 men and would surely take a point now.

MISSED PENALTY

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

David Wotherspoon's attempt from 12 yards is saved by Owain Fon Williams and the midfielder cannot do anything with the rebound.

RED CARD

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Gary Warren had already been booked and his second yellow card results in a dismissal.

PENALTY

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Gary Warren takes out Danny Swanson in the box and St Johnstone have a penalty.

YELLOW CARD

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Inverness defender Gary Warren fouls Simon Lappin and picks up the game's first booking.

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St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

David Wotherspoon plays a one-two with Steven MacLean and gets away shot that is carried over the crossbar by a slight deflection.

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Liam Polworth tries to take on Tam Scobbie and sends a shot rising over the St Johnstone crossbar.

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Danny Williams this time cuts out a St Johnstone ball at the vital moment as Steven MacLean tries to release Chris Kane.

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Now it is the turn of Inverness to defend and Gary Warren gets the ball clear under pressure from David Wotherspoon.

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

David Wotherspoon comes to St Johnstone's rescue with a clearance after Inverness had capitalised on defensive slackness with Iain Vigurs' backheel almost playing in Danny Williams.

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

A Liam Polworth shot goes wide for Inverness after Liam Hughes had knocked down a cross.

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

A David Wotherspoon shot does not dip low enough for St Johnstone.

KICK-OFF

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Second half started in Perth.

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As a united fan living in perth. I've seen a lot of saints as part of my community support work Pre and post O'Halleron. They look lost and miss Mackay too. Terrible form Relegation form in fact.

Chris Kane and Greg Tansey
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Is there to be a goal tonight at McDiarmid Park? Given so few chances, one might just be enough...

HALF-TIME

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

A scoreless first half in Perth. Inverness had the better efforts, Jordan Roberts' early header and Iain Vigurs' free-kick going close. Saints have struggled to make an impact in attack.

Ross Draper and Murray Davidson
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St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

A dangerous ball in from Saints' Simon Lappin forces goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams to turn the ball out, with attacker Chris Kane almost making a connection.

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Neither side really taking control of this game. Inverness have had slightly the better possession without really dominating.

Simon Lappin and Ross Draper
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Simon Lappin closes down Ross Draper during what has been a quiet first half in Perth

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Danny Swanson cannot get the ball under control as St Johnstone try to force their way through and Liam Polworth does just enough to clear the danger for Inverness.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright
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Tommy Wright is hoping for an upturn in fortunes for his St Johnstone side this evening

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes
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Inverness CT manager John Hughes shortly before kick-off at McDiarmid Park

CLOSE!

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Inverness have a free-kick and it is in a good position for the left-footed Iain Vigurs, whose effort is not far away, just over.

CLOSE!

St Johnstone 0-0 Inverness CT

Darnell Fisher's powerful shot is always rising but the St Johnstone full-back is applauded by the home crowd.