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St Johnstone 0-0 Kilmarnock: Saints winning run comes to an end after drab draw

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Highlights: St Johnstone 0-0 Kilmarnock

St Johnstone's run of five consecutive victories came to an end after a drab draw with Kilmarnock.

There were very few chances as both sides struggled to find a creative spark.

In the first half, Tony Watt's backwards header from close range was the best opportunity, but the Saints striker nodded over.

Zander Clark saved brilliantly from Greg Stewart before Matty Kennedy's looping shot crashed off the post.

The result means St Johnstone have gone a club record six games without conceding, and remain fifth in the Premiership, a point behind Kilmarnock in fourth.

Form sides fail to deliver

With both sides in good form and going well, this was a game which promised much, but did not deliver.

St Johnstone had won five games on the spin without conceding a single goal, and Kilmarnock beat early pace-setters Hearts on their own patch before the international break.

But there was little evidence of those exploits, and the less said about the first half the better.

Thankfully, things were a bit livelier after the break.

Killie's first real chance came after an hour, Greg Stewart, making his return to the line-up, cut inside from the right, curling in a left foot beauty which Zander Clark did well to tip away.

Moments later, at the other end, Saints' Scott Tanser fizzed a long range effort just wide from 25 yards.

It was Kilmarnock who looked the more likely to find the winner in the closing stages, but the killer pass eluded them.

And with the clock ticking down it was St Johnstone's Matty Kennedy who almost won it.

Killie goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann was beaten all ends up by his looping shot from the corner of the box, but the ball crashed back off the junction of the bar and post.

Goalkeeper Zander Clark has been a crucial part of St Johnstone's club record run of clean sheets
Goalkeeper Zander Clark has played a crucial role in St Johnstone's record run of clean sheets

Clark key to Saints' solid rearguard- analysis

After watching a game that it is fair to say won't live long in the memory of the 3,559 fans who came along, the most notable performance was that of the St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark.

Despite having very little to do, when he was called upon he produced a save of real quality to deny Greg Stewart.

It's the true mark of a top drawer keeper, the ability to maintain concentration and spring into action when needed.

That is now a remarkable six clean sheets in a row for the 26 year old- an achievement well worthy of the special mention.

And more big performances could mean he does push his way into future Scotland squads, after missing out on a call-up for the recent matches despite two of Alex McLeish's goalkeeping choices- Craig Gordon and Jon McLaughlin- pulling out.

'Two teams determined not to lose'- reaction

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "I was happy with the point, they're a good side and happy with the clean sheet, six in a row is an incredible run but a little bit frustrated with our performance at times.

"First half we had a lot of control of the game but we didn't create a lot, neither side created much. I thought a draw was a fair result."

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke: "It was two teams determined not to lose the game. We probably shaded the game in terms of territory, possession, chances created but didn't really do enough in the final third to cause them too many problems.

"Their goalkeeper has made the best save of the match, but for that we could have nicked the win."

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Clark
  • 19Foster
  • 15Kerr
  • 5Shaughnessy
  • 3Tanser
  • 7WrightSubstituted forSwansonat 66'minutes
  • 8Davidson
  • 26Craig
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 33KennedySubstituted forCallachanat 85'minutes
  • 32WattSubstituted forKaneat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Kane
  • 11Swanson
  • 16McMillan
  • 17Nydam
  • 23Gordon
  • 28Callachan
  • 30Hurst

Kilmarnock

  • 26Bachmann
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 17FindlaySubstituted forBoydat 40'minutes
  • 3TaylorBooked at 61mins
  • 29Burke
  • 8Dicker
  • 6Power
  • 12NdjoliSubstituted forJonesat 57'minutes
  • 9BoydSubstituted forByrneat 78'minutes
  • 19Stewart

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 4Byrne
  • 7McKenzie
  • 10Kiltie
  • 11Jones
  • 16Boyd
  • 22Millen
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,559

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 0, Kilmarnock 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone).

Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Jack Byrne (Kilmarnock).

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

Foul by Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Ross Callachan replaces Matthew Kennedy.

Attempt missed. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Matthew Kennedy (St. Johnstone) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Liam Craig.

Attempt blocked. Alan Power (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Scott Tanser.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Jack Byrne replaces Kris Boyd.

Attempt missed. Alan Power (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Christopher Kane replaces Tony Watt.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Danny Swanson replaces Drey Wright because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by David Wotherspoon.

Foul by Drey Wright (St. Johnstone).

Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Matthew Kennedy (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

Booking

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

Drey Wright (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Attempt missed. Alan Power (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Matthew Kennedy (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Jordan Jones replaces Mikael Ndjoli.

Alan Power (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic139223062429
2Rangers1383235112427
3Hearts148241915426
4Kilmarnock147431912725
5St Johnstone147341618-224
6Aberdeen136341613321
7Hibernian135442314919
8Livingston135441210219
9Motherwell134271522-714
10Hamilton143110931-2210
11St Mirren142210826-188
12Dundee141211832-245
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