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The ball is swung over by David Stephens, save by Peter Enckelman.
Andrew Jackson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Maybury on Daniel Galbraith. Daniel Galbraith takes the free kick.
Lewis Stevenson challenges Chris Millar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Jonathan Grounds to the near post, save by Peter Enckelman.
Jamie Adams comes on in place of Murray Davidson. Andrew Jackson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mark Brown takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Michael Hart, clearance by Murray Davidson.
Corner taken by John Rankin from the left by-line, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.
Daniel Galbraith takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Lewis Stevenson is brought on as a substitute for Liam Miller. John Rankin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Jackson. Michael Duberry restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wotherspoon on Daniel Grainger.
Liam Craig sends in a cross.
The ball is swung over by Liam Craig, clearance by Souleymane Bamba.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Grounds from the left by-line.
David Wotherspoon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ian Murray. David Stephens replaces Colin Nish. Andrew Jackson comes on in place of Collin Samuel. Corner taken by Daniel Grainger.
David Wotherspoon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ian Murray. David Stephens comes on in place of Colin Nish. Collin Samuel goes off and Andrew Jackson comes on. Corner from right by-line taken by Daniel Grainger.
David Wotherspoon comes on in place of Ian Murray. David Stephens is brought on as a substitute for Colin Nish. Collin Samuel goes off and Andrew Jackson comes on. Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger.
A cross is delivered by Jonathan Grounds, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.
Alan Maybury concedes a free kick for a foul on John Rankin. Jonathan Grounds restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Craig sends in a cross, Ian Murray makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Liam Craig, Souleymane Bamba makes a clearance.
Colin Nish gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Duberry. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman. Souleymane Bamba challenges Sam Parkin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Daniel Grainger, Header from deep inside the area by Sam Parkin goes over the bar.
Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Murray. Liam Miller takes the direct free kick.
Liam Craig replaces Cleveland Taylor. Ian Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.
Foul by Jody Morris on Liam Miller, free kick awarded. Liam Miller takes the direct free kick.
Edwin De Graaf takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Steven Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Miller. Michael Hart takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Liam Miller by Jody Morris results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Jonathan Grounds fouled by Collin Samuel, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Grounds crosses the ball in from the free kick. Edwin De Graaf fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Murray takes the indirect free kick.
Cleveland Taylor crosses the ball, clearance by Ian Murray.
Ian Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Jody Morris. Michael Duberry takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is sent over by Cleveland Taylor, Collin Samuel takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman. Colin Nish gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Anderson. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is sent over by Jonathan Grounds, clearance made by Michael Duberry. Sam Parkin fouled by Souleymane Bamba, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Duberry takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is delivered by Daniel Galbraith, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.
Murray Davidson challenges Edwin De Graaf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Collin Samuel is ruled offside. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Collin Samuel is caught offside. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jonathan Grounds.
Daniel Galbraith crosses the ball, Michael Duberry makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Jonathan Grounds, Edwin De Graaf takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Ian Murray. Sam Parkin takes the direct free kick.
Daniel Galbraith fouled by Chris Millar, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Hart takes the indirect free kick.
Jonathan Grounds delivers the ball.
Michael Hart concedes a free kick for a foul on Cleveland Taylor. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Michael Hart, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Steven Anderson challenges Colin Nish unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Rankin crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Sam Parkin makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Colin Nish. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line to the near post, John Rankin makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Cleveland Taylor from the left by-line, save by Mark Brown.
Collin Samuel challenges Francis Dickoh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Unfair challenge on Sam Parkin by Souleymane Bamba results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick. The assistant referee flags for offside against Sam Parkin. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Daniel Grainger delivers the ball, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by John Rankin. Direct free kick taken by Alan Maybury.
A cross is delivered by Liam Miller.
Edwin De Graaf takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
Daniel Galbraith fouled by Daniel Grainger, the ref awards a free kick. Souleymane Bamba takes the free kick.
John Rankin has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Cleveland Taylor. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Michael Duberry fouled by Colin Nish, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick. Sam Parkin is adjudged to have handled the ball. Mark Brown takes the direct free kick.
Souleymane Bamba challenges Chris Millar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
Sam Parkin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Mark Brown. Steven Anderson challenges Colin Nish unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Miller.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The referee blows for half time.
The referee gets the second half started.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Hibs duo banned for Saints clash
Derek Riordan and Paul Hanlon are suspended for Hibernian's clash with St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Riordan and Hanlon are banned after recent sendings off, while Valdas Trakys has been struggling with a knock this week and is doubtful.
Colin Nish and Francis Dickoh returned last weekend, but Darryl Duffy (foot), Graham Stack (back) and Merouane Zemmama (knee) are still out.
Midfielder David Wotherspoon is almost certain to feature, however, and he hopes to upset his family this weekend by inflicting defeat on his hometown club.
Perth-born Wotherspoon is a St Johnstone fan, but is looking to deepen the gloom on Derek McInnes' side, who lost five in a row before securing victory over Aberdeen last weekend, by helping Hibs to return to winning ways in the SPL.
Despite the uncertainty over this weekend's fixtures - something which ended with the Scottish Football Association confirming foreign officials will be used in place of striking domestic referees - Wotherspoon has been fielding phone calls from family and friends eager to see Hibs meet Saints in the capital.
"I've had a few phone calls asking for tickets - I'm looking forward to it," said Wotherspoon.
"My brother keeps me on track with them. I like to see them doing well, but we're playing against them this week so we hope to get three points.
"I've looked at the past few results and they've not scored that many goals. We'll be looking to shut up shop at the back and try and get some goals at the other end."
Like Saints, Hibs have not enjoyed the best of starts to the campaign, winning four of their opening 14 SPL games.
After three defeats to start his spell as manager, Colin Calderwood led Hibs to victories over Rangers and Motherwell before a 4-2 loss to Inverness last time out.
The squad are enjoying life under Calderwood, who succeeded John Hughes as boss last month, according to Wotherspoon.
The 20-year-old added: "We're getting into a routine of things, how he wants things done.
"The boys have taken a real liking to him, he's got a real command about the place and the boys are enjoying it.
"It's been up and down, highs and lows, that's football.
"Winning at Ibrox, beating Motherwell at home and then going up to Inverness put a downer on things again.
"It's not the best start to the season. We want to get back on track this weekend."
Scott Dobie has been ruled out for St Johnstone with a knee injury but Liam Craig (calf), Chris Millar (groin) and Dave Mackay (thigh) could all return from injury.
Graeme Smith, Kevin Moon, Graham Gartland and Martin Hardie remain on the sidelines.
Manager McInnes does not believe the referees strike will cause irreparable damage to the image of Scottish football.
But McInnes admits more should have been done to avert the action which will be taken by match officials this weekend.
However, with referees refusing to budge on plans to withdraw their labour, McInnes insists the priority now is ensuring such a scenario does not happen again.
"I don't know if it will damage the image for too long," he said.
"I can't say it's pleasing and it doesn't reflect well on us at the minute but I don't think it will hang about us for too long.
"The important thing now is to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"The powers-that-be and everyone involved - the referees, the SPL and the SFA - shouldn't have allowed it to get to this stage.
"I was hoping they could have worked harder to resolve it during the week, to make sure our own referees were doing the games.
"That should have been a priority from Sunday night when we first heard the referees were planning on not working this weekend.
"Whether it was down to the referees not budging or whatever, we should have done all we could done - regardless of who's right and who's wrong - to make sure the situation that's currently happening didn't happen.
"But it's too late now, we just have to make sure it doesn't happen again."
The clash at Easter Road will be officiated by Portuguese referee Cosme Machado, after the Scottish Football Association drafted in match officials from all over Europe.
McInnes said: "The rules are the same, it's the interpretation of the rules that can be different, as you see when clubs go into Europe and in national tournaments when you get foreign referees.
"The interpretation of the rules are different and that's something that we have to be aware of.
"I just hope we aren't talking about referees after the game - hopefully we are talking about a good performance and result from my own team instead."
Stalemate at Hibs
Stand-in referee Christian Lautier could not have enjoyed a more comfortable afternoon as Hibernian and St Johnstone played out a dull Easter Road stalemate.
The Maltese, who covered for Scotland's striking officials, had no major decisions to make on a painless afternoon's work that saw him keep his cards in his pocket.
After a nondescript first half, Saints created several chances after the break but failed to properly test goalkeeper Mark Brown.
St Johnstone striker Sam Parkin was a constant threat in the box but was unable to divert any headers on target.
Lautier had his first real decision to make after just six minutes when he appeared to call it right when Colin Nish pushed over Saints defender Michael Duberry as the pair chased down a ball into the visitors' box.
Hibs were enjoying the greater share of possession during the early exchanges and a neat move in the Saints half ended with John Rankin hitting a tame right-footed shot at goal from 18 yards after linking with Colin Nish.
The home side had an injury scare in the 20th minute when towering centre-half Sol Bamba went down inside the box but the Ivory Coast international was able to continue after receiving treatment at the side of the pitch.
In a match bereft of action at either end, the vocal Hibs fans were trying to encourage their team from the newly-built East Stand.
That enthusiasm, however, did not seem to transfer to the pitch as both sides fought out an uninspiring first-half battle.
Saints were having little luck trying to breach the Hibs rearguard while the home side were struggling to threaten in the final third with lone marksman Colin Nish often lacking support.
Hibs midfielder Edwin De Graaf finally produced a bright moment to add some excitement to the clash when he struck a half-volley from outside the box that St Johnstone goalkeeper Peter Enckelman had to dive to save.
Hibs made the brighter start to the second period but it was St Johnstone that squandered a great chance to open the scoring.
Cleveland Taylor scooped a lofted cross into the box and the unmarked Colin Samuel had time to take a touch but he inexplicably tapped a harmless bounce ball into Mark Brown's arms.
Danny Grainger then launched an inswinging left-footed free kick into the box from the touchline that was missed by Hibs goalkeeper Brown and Saints striker Sam Parkin but the home fans were relieved to see the ball bounce past the post.
De Graaf did well to create space outside the area by nutmegging Duberry but his weak left-footed shot was easily collected by the goalkeeper.
The second period had chances and they were falling for the away team. Parkin struck a looping header over the bar after connecting with Grainger's free-kick.
Parkin went close again for Saints in the 70th minute, powering a header over the bar from Grainger's corner.
The Hibs fans were becoming frustrated by striker Nish's ineffective performance and a section booed as he was replaced by defender David Stephens seconds later, with manager Colin Calderwood having no other forwards at his disposal.
The fans also made it clear they were not in favour of captain Ian Murray's withdrawal from the team to be replaced by David Wotherspoon.
After illustrating his threat in the final third with his dangerous deliveries, Grainger then exhibited his defensive attributes as he made a timely block tackle just as Stephens was a about to pull the trigger from eight yards with Enckleman grounded.
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