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St Johnstone 0-0 St Mirren: Both clubs slump to just one point above play-off spot

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Highlights: St Johnstone 0-0 St Mirren

St Johnstone and St Mirren slipped to just one point off the Scottish Premiership relegation play-off spot after a dull draw at McDiarmid Park.

St Mirren striker Jon Obika and home winger Michael O'Halloran failed to convert clear first-half chances.

A poor second period offered few opportunities, with both sides now three games unbeaten.

They sit a point clear of second-bottom Hamilton Academical, although St Johnstone have played two games fewer.

A stalemate among Saints

St Mirren had only won one away game in the league this season, yet their bright start belied that poor record.

Although O'Halloran began with a speculative shot to test Vaclav Hladky just a minute into the game, St Mirren quickly wrestled control of possession.

Obika - the star of St Mirren's 3-3 draw with Livingston a week prior - was again the focal point of every attack. In the 18th minute the 29-year-old forward latched on to a poor Jason Kerr clearance to drive past Liam Gordon and fire a shot straight at home keeper Zander Clark.

Twelve minutes later the forward leaped into the air to get on to the end of a knocked-on header and send the ball just over the bar from a few yards out. The forward was getting into good positions but composure and a goal continued to elude him.

O'Halloran almost turned the game on its head when his perfectly-timed run beat St Mirren's high press and offered the winger another chance to get the better of Hladky. Yet, with plenty of time and the goal beckoning before him, O'Halloran failed to knock a tepid shot beyond the St Mirren keeper.

St Mirren dominance was followed by St Johnstone frustrations in the second half, as yellow cards for Anthony Ralston and Murray Davidson characterised a home side that were struggling to track and match their opponents.

Fortunately for Tommy Wright, St Mirren's chances dried up after the break, with an optimistic volley from Junior Morias flying high and wide.

Perhaps the best opportunity of the half came through central defender Sean McLoughlin, who got on the end of an Ilkay Durmus free-kick at the back post to fire the ball towards goal. Yet, like much of the match, the defender's attempt was a little off and flew in to the side-netting.

In the end a goalless draw seems fitting for the teams with the poorest offensive records in the division this season.

St Mirren won only their fourth point on the road and St Johnstone can now point to just one defeat in their last five league games.

Stats

Man of the match - Cammy Macpherson

BBC Scotland's Tyrone Smith at McDiarmid Park

Cammy Macpherson was at the centre of most things that were good about St Mirren. His driving runs from midfield proved problematic for St Johnstone all day and he wasn't scared to try his luck in front of goal.

It was a mature performance by the 20-year-old, whose tireless effort and workrate were crucial to the Paisley side securing a precious point in Perth.

'An away point is always good' - reaction

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "Overall we're disappointed with how we played but it's another clean sheet. It's another point. If we had taken that first chance I think we would have gone on to win."

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: "Away from home in this league, I think a point is always a good result. But over the balance of play we were probably, slightly, the better team. I'd suggest a draw was a fair result."

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Clark
  • 21RalstonBooked at 61mins
  • 23Gordon
  • 15Kerr
  • 24BoothBooked at 74mins
  • 7Wright
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 62mins
  • 19HoltSubstituted forWotherspoonat 83'minutes
  • 33KennedySubstituted forMcCannat 65'minutes
  • 17O'Halloran
  • 22HendrySubstituted forMayat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Duffy
  • 3Tanser
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 12Parish
  • 14May
  • 18McCann
  • 26Craig

St Mirren

  • 1Hladky
  • 8FlynnBooked at 80mins
  • 2McGinn
  • 5McLoughlin
  • 3WatersBooked at 90mins
  • 7Magennis
  • 16Foley
  • 24MacPherson
  • 11DurmusSubstituted forAndreuat 77'minutes
  • 19MoriasSubstituted forCookeat 82'minutes
  • 9Obika

Substitutes

  • 10Andreu
  • 18Mullen
  • 20Cooke
  • 23Djorkaeff
  • 26Lyness
  • 31McMaster
  • 41Jamieson
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
3,318

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 0, St. Mirren 0.

Full Time

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

Attempt blocked. Cameron MacPherson (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Calum Waters (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Calum Waters (St. Mirren).

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

Foul by Cody Cooke (St. Mirren).

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

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

Attempt blocked. Stevie May (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. David Wotherspoon replaces Jason Holt.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Cody Cooke replaces Junior Morias.

Attempt missed. Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Calum Waters.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Kyle Magennis.

Booking

Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren).

Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Tony Andreu replaces Ilkay Durmus.

Foul by Cameron MacPherson (St. Mirren).

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

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Stevie May replaces Callum Hendry.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Callum Booth (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cameron MacPherson (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Booth (St. Johnstone).

Attempt saved. Sam Foley (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Alistair McCann replaces Matthew Kennedy.

Attempt missed. Junior Morias (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Junior Morias (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Anthony Ralston (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Anthony Ralston (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Calum Waters (St. Mirren).

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

Foul by Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren).

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

Ilkay Durmus (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Ralston (St. Johnstone).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic18161152104249
2Rangers17142150104044
3Motherwell1911173024634
4Aberdeen199552724332
5Kilmarnock196581722-523
6Livingston195772727022
7Hibernian195772734-722
8Ross County185582039-1920
9St Mirren1944111527-1216
10St Johnstone173771433-1916
11Hamilton1936101832-1415
12Hearts1926111732-1512
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