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Liam Craig takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Ryan Thomson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Graham by Liam Craig. Joe Cardle crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Callum Davidson.
Paul Burns fouled by Chris Millar, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Graham.
The offside flag is raised against Carl Finnigan. Chris Smith takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Carl Finnigan. Chris Smith restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Carl Finnigan. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Smith. Alan Maybury is brought on as a substitute for Murray Davidson.
Liam Craig decides to take a short corner, Callum Davidson takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Keddie.
Francisco Sandaza goes off and Carl Finnigan comes on.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Kevin Moon coming on for Jody Morris.
(Dunfermline) makes a substitution, with Liam Buchanan coming on for Andrew Barrowman.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Millar. Free kick taken by Chris Smith.
Liam Craig challenges Jason Thomson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Smith takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jody Morris from the left by-line, Steven Anderson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Paul Burns. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Anderson. Ryan Thomson comes on in place of Martin Hardie.
Shot from deep inside the area by Jody Morris clears the bar.
Andy Kirk on for Paul Willis.
Goal scored by Liam Craig from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dunfermline 0-3 St Johnstone.The assist for the goal came from Francisco Sandaza.
Andrew Barrowman concedes a free kick for a foul on David McCracken. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Barrowman by David McCracken. Free kick crossed by Paul Burns, David McCracken makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Francisco Sandaza. Chris Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Francisco Sandaza fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 0-2 St Johnstone.The assist for the goal came from Marcus Haber.
Unfair challenge on Joe Cardle by Chris Millar results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Willis, clearance made by Callum Davidson.
Alex Keddie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francisco Sandaza. Free kick crossed by Liam Craig, clearance by Martin Hardie.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Willis, clearance made by Callum Davidson.
Foul by Paul Willis on Steven Anderson, free kick awarded. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Murray Davidson takes a shot.
Effort on goal by Liam Craig from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Chris Smith puts the ball into his own goal from 6 yards. Dunfermline 0-1 St Johnstone.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line.
Liam Craig takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Haber on Paul Burns. Free kick taken by Alex Keddie.
Unfair challenge on David McCracken by Andrew Barrowman results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
David Graham fouled by Chris Millar, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Martin Hardie.
Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Save made by Chris Smith.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francisco Sandaza by Alex Keddie. Liam Craig crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Martin Hardie.
Patrick Boyle fouled by Chris Millar, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Boyle.
Francisco Sandaza is ruled offside. Andy Dowie takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on David MacKay by Joe Cardle results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David MacKay.
Inswinging corner taken by Jody Morris, save by Chris Smith.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jody Morris from the left by-line, clearance by Andrew Barrowman.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Millar. Chris Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Barrowman produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Short corner worked by Paul Willis.
Foul by Alex Keddie on Francisco Sandaza, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Liam Craig from the free kick, save by Chris Smith.
Martin Hardie fouled by Callum Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Martin Hardie.
Pars 'desperate' for points - Kirk
Striker Andy Kirk admits Dunfermline are "desperate" to claim a first home win of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season against St Johnstone on Saturday.
The Pars have taken just four points from their eight previous home games this and enter the weekend's fixtures at the foot of the SPL following one win and 10 defeats in their last 14 matches.
Kirk said: "We're in desperate need of a result. It's important for us to get a win. Everyone's putting the emphasis on a home win, but we'd take any sort of win at the moment.
"The longer it goes on it's always there. The quicker we can get it out of the way the better."
The Pars are behind Hibernian on goal difference at the bottom of the table, with Inverness a point better off. But Kirk insists one positive result could change the course of their season.
"We've had a lot of bad results of late and conceded a lot of bad goals," Kirk said. "It knocks your confidence at times, but it's one of those things. You've got to get it out of your system.
"It's one of those times where the boys have got to work hard as a team to try and put it right and hopefully, not too far in the future, we'll get a result and we can maybe kick on from there."
Goalkeeper Paul Gallacher is out with a shoulder injury. Midfielder Joe Cardle could start after coming off the bench following a knee problem in the 4-0 loss at Hearts, while defender Paddy Boyle and midfielder Craig Easton are available again following injuries.
St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas is in no danger of foregoing his positive approach despite his honeymoon period coming to an abrupt end with three consecutive defeats.
Lomas could hardly have enjoyed a better start to his first major managerial role, taking seven points from games against Rangers, Hibernian and Hearts.
A run of three home games gave St Johnstone the chance to push Motherwell for third in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League but they suffered defeats to Stuart McCall's team as well as Aberdeen - in a game played in gale-force winds and torrential rain - and Celtic.
Lomas said: "Nothing has changed. We got beat by the second-placed team and the third-placed team and to be honest the Aberdeen game was a bit of a lottery.
"I didn't think it should have gone ahead but it did and the conditions had a major effect on the game.
"I'm still positive, we have a great bunch of boys. We are not going in with any apprehension - we are looking forward to the challenge."
Another cause for optimism is St Johnstone's away record - they have only lost once on the road this season, against Hibernian, and only conceded two goals in the other eight away games.
"It's a wonderful game to have after three defeats, a different sort of
game," Lomas said. "They are fighting for their lives and we are looking to get back on track so it's all set up for a great game."
Lomas saw Jim McIntyre's side lose 2-1 at Celtic Park last month and he knows
they will be positive against his team.
"Early on they had a go," Lomas said. "Individual errors cost them, which no manager can account for.
"But they did well and Celtic were a bit fortunate to be 2-0 up.
"Jim encourages his team to play. He was a grafter as a player and he'll get the same from his players."
Lomas will still be without key defender Frazer Wright and Sandaza's strike partner, Cillian Sheridan, but Callum Davidson joins Sandaza and Morris in making his comeback after recovering from the illness that saw him miss the 2-0 defeat by Celtic.
However, David Robertson could miss out with concussion following the robust aerial challenge by Daniel Majstorovic, which left the Celtic defender with a fractured cheekbone.
Smith suffers nightmare return
Dunfermline goalkeeper Chris Smith endured a disastrous return to the team as St Johnstone rediscovered their winning touch to record a 3-0 victory and leave the Pars bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Smith, making his first start of the season in place of the injured Paul Gallacher, punched Liam Craig's corner into his own net in the 36th minute and spilled a shot to allow Francisco Sandaza to score just after the break.
Craig wrapped up the victory before the hour mark as St Johnstone closed the gap on third-placed Motherwell to five points.
Smith, who was replaced as first-choice goalkeeper despite helping the Pars to the Irn-Bru First Division title, was one of four changes to the side that lost 4-0 to Hearts last weekend.
Paul Willis came into midfield and Paddy Boyle and Jason Thomson returned in defence but the Pars never looked like getting back in the game after the opener as they continue to await their first home win of the season.
St Johnstone came into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats, all at home, but their away form has been a different story.
Only Hibernian have beaten them on the road this season and they have now conceded only two goals in their other nine away games.
Saints also had three key players back in their team with captain Jody Morris and top goalscorer Sandaza returning from injury lay-offs and Callum Davidson back after illness ruled him out of last weekend's defeat by Celtic.
The Pars made a decent start in blustery conditions and it could easily have been St Johnstone goalkeeper Peter Enckelman who put his team in trouble.
The Finn raced well off his line as Andrew Barrowman ran on to a Paul Burns pass on the right wing when there appeared little immediate danger.
Enckelman was easily beaten to the ball but Barrowman could not take advantage of the open goal as he shot two yards wide from the touchline.
The wind was proving a challenge as both sides struggled to mount meaningful attacks and Willis sent a ball across the face of goal when his team-mates were calling for a cutback after the midfielder worked his way into the box from the right flank.
St Johnstone began to push their hosts back but they still could not carve a chance. Several Liam Craig deliveries did not fall for a team-mate and Smith got down to hold Sandaza's shot after the Spaniard had outmuscled Alex Keddie outside the box.
But St Johnstone were gifted a 36th-minute opener when Smith's first game of the season turned into a personal disaster.
The former St Mirren goalkeeper came off his line to punch Craig's inswinging corner from the right but the ball spun the wrong way off his fist and Willis could only help the ball into the roof of the net as he attempted to clear off the line.
Smith made a good save five minutes later when he stopped Craig's low, angled drive after the St Johnstone midfielder had turned a defender to put himself clear on goal.
And the grounded goalkeeper's luck turned as Sandaza hit the bar from 10 yards from the rebound.
Smith's day got even worse seven minutes after the break as he spilled a shot from Marcus Haber to allow Sandaza to double St Johnstone's lead.
Haber got reasonable power on his shot from the right channel after taking Murray Davidson's pass in his stride but Smith had got his body and two hands behind the ball and should have held.
Instead the ball spun out and Sandaza was the only man to react, getting in front of Thomson to slide home from close range.
Dunfermline were pushing more men forward but the game moved further out of sight in the 59th minute.
Sandaza beat Thomson to the ball 30 yards out to leave the home defence exposed and the Spaniard's disguised pass to Craig left the midfielder one on one with Smith.
This time the Dunfermline goalkeeper had no chance as Craig lifted the ball over him into the far corner.
Dunfermline brought on Ryan Thomson, Andy Kirk and Liam Buchanan but an attacking spark failed to materialise and St Johnstone saw the game out comfortably with Morris rested for the final 15 minutes.
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