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St Johnstone 1-1 Hibernian

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Highlights: St Johnstone 1-1 Hibernian

St Johnstone and Hibernian had to settle for a point each in a hard-fought affair at McDiarmid Park.

Tony Watt's deflected shot off Hibs defender Ryan Porteous gave St Johnstone a first-half lead.

Saints goalkeeper Zander Clark pushed away headers from Oli Shaw and Martin Boyle, but when the two combined again Shaw headed in at the back post.

Both teams had chances to win it, the closest through Saints' Blair Alston, who was denied by Efe Ambrose's block.

The point is St Johnstone's first of the season, while Hibs hold on to second spot in the Premiership - two points behind Edinburgh rivals Hearts.

Two attack-minded teams - analysis

It was so refreshing to see two teams playing attacking football, with wingers and strikers who have an eye for goal.

Both St Johnstone and Hibernian were seeking to push forward at every opportunity and the crowd of just over 4,600 left McDiarmid Park in the knowledge both teams gave their all in an attempt to secure victory.

The pair will feel they could have snatched all three points, but managers Tommy Wright and Neil Lennon will also know they may have gained nothing at the end of the day despite their efforts.

The performances of Matty Kennedy and Drey Wright combined, with the passion and energy of Tony Watt, will give Saints fans comfort that they can have a successful season.

For Hibs, Lennon will also be pleased that his team continue their unbeaten run and can now look forward to Thursday night's match in Norway, where a similar scoreline against Molde will see them through to the play-off round of the Europa League.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Clark
  • 19Foster
  • 15Kerr
  • 6AndersonSubstituted forGordonat 60'minutes
  • 3Tanser
  • 7WrightSubstituted forWotherspoonat 86'minutes
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 55mins
  • 26Craig
  • 4Alston
  • 33Kennedy
  • 32WattSubstituted forMcMillanat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 12Mitchell
  • 16McMillan
  • 18McCann
  • 20McClean
  • 21Scougall
  • 23Gordon

Hibernian

  • 21Laidlaw
  • 36Porteous
  • 25Ambrose
  • 4Hanlon
  • 10Boyle
  • 3Whittaker
  • 14Mallan
  • 20HyndmanSubstituted forHorganat 63'minutes
  • 16Stevenson
  • 32ShawSubstituted forSwansonat 86'minutes
  • 9MaclarenSubstituted forKamberiat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 6Bartley
  • 7Horgan
  • 8Slivka
  • 11Swanson
  • 22Kamberi
  • 41Dabrowski
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,637

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 1, Hibernian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 1, Hibernian 1.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. David McMillan replaces Tony Watt.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Tony Watt.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. David Wotherspoon replaces Drey Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Danny Swanson replaces Oli Shaw.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

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

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Ryan Porteous.

Richard Foster (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daryl Horgan (Hibernian).

Attempt blocked. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone).

Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Daryl Horgan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Drey Wright (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) header from very close range is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Liam Craig.

Attempt saved. Daryl Horgan (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Daryl Horgan replaces Emerson Hyndman.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Florian Kamberi replaces Jamie Maclaren.

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

Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

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

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

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

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Liam Gordon replaces Steven Anderson because of an injury.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

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2Hibernian21104134
3Rangers21103124
4Kilmarnock21102024
5Aberdeen21102114
6Celtic21013213
7St Mirren210123-13
8Hamilton210124-23
9Livingston201113-21
10St Johnstone201113-21
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12Motherwell200204-40
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