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  • Date:21 Jan 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Easter Road Stadium
  • Attendance:8,772
  • Griffiths - pen (69)
    Booth (83)
  • Croft (29) Craig (70) Sandaza (86)
Goal!

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92:02 +2.02

Michael Hart crosses the ball, clearance by David McCracken.

91:49 +1.49

The ball is crossed by Lewis Stevenson, clearance by Liam Craig.

91:07 +1.07

Jack Compton sends in a cross.

90:00

Unfair challenge on David McCracken by Eoin Doyle results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

86:46

Francisco Sandaza receives a yellow card for leaving the field of play without the referee's permission. Francisco Sandaza grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 2-3 St Johnstone.The assist for the goal came from Liam Craig.

85:50

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leigh Griffiths. Foul by David Stephens on David McCracken, free kick awarded. Peter Enckelman takes the indirect free kick.

85:04

David MacKay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Galbraith. Callum Booth restarts play with the free kick.

83:44

A goal is scored by Callum Booth from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 2-2 St Johnstone.The assist for the goal came from Isaiah Osbourne.

82:17

Cillian Sheridan comes on in place of Marcus Haber. Headed effort from just outside the box by Leigh Griffiths goes over the bar.

78:26

Callum Booth produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

77:23

Foul by Murray Davidson on David Wotherspoon, free kick awarded. David Wotherspoon crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Callum Davidson.

75:29

David Stephens fouled by Marcus Haber, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Brown takes the free kick.

73:48

Lee Croft goes off and Jack Compton comes on.

73:07

Liam Craig produces a cross, Callum Booth manages to make a clearance.

72:29

Lewis Stevenson takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.

72:17

The ball is sent over by Michael Hart, clearance made by Steven Anderson.

70:50

Booking for Liam Craig.

70:09

Liam Craig finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-2 St Johnstone.Assist by David MacKay.

68:18

A cross is delivered by Leigh Griffiths, Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Steven Anderson. Penalty taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths and scored. Hibernian 1-1 St Johnstone.

66:55

The offside flag is raised against Marcus Haber. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Brown.

66:01

Corner taken by Leigh Griffiths, Peter Enckelman makes a save.

64:22

Lewis Stevenson concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Lewis Stevenson booked for unsporting behaviour. Indirect free kick taken by David MacKay.

63:29

Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown. Daniel Galbraith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ivan Sproule. Garry O'Connor goes off and Eoin Doyle comes on.

61:32

The ball is sent over by Liam Craig.

60:34

Unfair challenge on Jody Morris by Ivan Sproule results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

59:33

Foul by David Stephens on Marcus Haber, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Liam Craig from the free kick.

58:30

The ball is sent over by David Wotherspoon, Lee Croft manages to make a clearance.

57:35

Headed effort from inside the area by Murray Davidson misses to the left of the goal. Foul by Jody Morris on Garry O'Connor, free kick awarded. Garry O'Connor takes the free kick.

56:20

The ball is delivered by Marcus Haber, Mark Brown makes a save.

55:38

David Wotherspoon on for George Francomb.

55:06

Marcus Haber is caught offside. Michael Hart takes the indirect free kick.

54:10

Foul by Steven Anderson on Leigh Griffiths, free kick awarded. Leigh Griffiths crosses the ball in from the free kick, Michael Hart makes a clearance. Leigh Griffiths takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Marcus Haber.

53:28

Michael Hart takes a shot.

52:36

The ball is crossed by Michael Hart, Liam Craig manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leigh Griffiths.

51:23

Foul by Callum Booth on Lee Croft, free kick awarded. David MacKay takes the free kick.

50:30

The referee penalises Leigh Griffiths for handball. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

48:05

The ball is swung over by George Francomb, clearance by David MacKay.

47:33

The ball is swung over by Ivan Sproule, clearance made by Callum Davidson.

47:03

Liam Craig gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Stephens. Mark Brown takes the free kick.

46:11

Michael Hart fouled by Liam Craig, the ref awards a free kick. David Stephens takes the indirect free kick.

45:34

The ball is crossed by Marcus Haber, Mark Brown makes a save.

44:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Hart by Callum Davidson. Callum Davidson booked. Michael Hart takes the indirect free kick.

40:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Hanlon on Marcus Haber. Booking for Paul Hanlon for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by David MacKay from right channel, Mark Brown makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line, Michael Hart makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line. The referee blows for offside against David Stephens. Liam Craig takes the free kick. Free kick awarded for a foul by David McCracken on Garry O'Connor. Callum Booth takes the free kick.

38:15

Marcus Haber concedes a free kick for a foul on Callum Booth. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

36:50

The offside flag is raised against Marcus Haber. Free kick taken by Mark Brown. Corner taken right-footed by Ivan Sproule from the left by-line, save by Peter Enckelman.

34:34

Francisco Sandaza has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

33:09

Centre by Francisco Sandaza, Michael Hart makes a clearance.

32:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Callum Booth by Lee Croft. Callum Booth restarts play with the free kick.

29:44

Lee Croft fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-1 St Johnstone.Assist by Callum Davidson.

28:21

Marcus Haber challenges Garry O'Connor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ivan Sproule.

26:16

Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.

26:08

Centre by Francisco Sandaza, Michael Hart manages to make a clearance.

25:09

Effort on goal by Leigh Griffiths from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

24:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber by David Stephens. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig from left channel.

22:45

Garry O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman. Corner taken by Ivan Sproule from the left by-line. The ball is sent over by David Stephens, clearance by David McCracken.

22:08

Unfair challenge on George Francomb by Callum Davidson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Leigh Griffiths.

21:24

Outswinging corner taken by Liam Craig, Isaiah Osbourne manages to make a clearance.

21:00

The ball is swung over by Callum Booth, clearance by David McCracken.

19:47

The referee blows for offside against Liam Craig. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

18:55

Unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor by Steven Anderson results in a free kick. Leigh Griffiths has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Peter Enckelman.

18:17

Lee Croft concedes a free kick for a foul on Isaiah Osbourne. Lee Croft is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

15:26

Ivan Sproule delivers the ball, George Francomb takes a shot. Clearance made by Callum Davidson.

13:43

Foul by Lewis Stevenson on Jody Morris, free kick awarded. Peter Enckelman takes the indirect free kick.

13:06

David Stephens sends in a cross, clearance by Callum Davidson. The ball is crossed by David Stephens, clearance by Murray Davidson. The ball is crossed by David Stephens.

11:08

David MacKay crosses the ball, Michael Hart manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lee Croft, clearance by Garry O'Connor.

10:03

Unfair challenge on Isaiah Osbourne by Jody Morris results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

8:59

The offside flag is raised against Garry O'Connor. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.

8:14

Marcus Haber challenges Paul Hanlon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

6:25

Liam Craig has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

4:59

Lee Croft delivers the ball, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.

3:00

Leigh Griffiths concedes a free kick for a foul on Callum Davidson. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

1:28

Unfair challenge on David Stephens by Marcus Haber results in a free kick. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.

Match Preview

Stevenson keen to continue momentum Midfielder Lewis Stevenson hopes Hibernian can repeat their most recent home win in Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Johnstone. Hibs have one win at Easter Road since February - September's defeat of Saints, when Garry O'Connor netted twice in a 3-2 triumph. After successive wins - advancing in the William Hill Scottish Cup at the expense of Cowdenbeath before moving four points clear of Dunfermline with a 3-2 win over the Pars last weekend - 11th-placed Hibs are optimistic of success against the Perth side. Stevenson told Hibernian TV: "It's the old cliche - you're only as good as your last game. "We've still got a lot to work on but the positive is we're getting results and we're scoring goals as well. "If we can tighten up a bit at the back and keep the goals going we're on the way to being a good team. "We have to be positive. It's two games and two wins. We just need to carry that on, especially at home. "We haven't won at home for a while. St Johnstone was the last home win - hopefully we can replicate that." Stevenson has been one of Hibs' most consistent performers this term, but is happier now the team are winning. The 23-year-old added: "Mentally and physically I probably feel better than ever. "I feel like I've performed pretty consistently and hopefully I can keep it up. "I'm feeling good, but it didn't really mean much if you were doing all right and the team wasn't winning. "It's good the team's started winning." Stevenson will be joined in the squad by defender Sean O'Hanlon, who is available again following suspension. Winger Danny Galbraith has missed training this week with a groin injury and will be assessed ahead of kick-off. One player poised to join the list of departures from Easter Road is striker Akpo Sodje. Sodje, who was signed last January by Colin Calderwood, predecessor to current Hibs boss Pat Fenlon, was on trial with Belgian club KVC Westerlo this week. St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas has told new signings Jack Compton and Lee Croft they will both have to fight to earn their place in his team. The pair joined the Perth club on loan this week, Compton from Falkirk and Croft from Derby, and could be in the squad. The Saints boss is familiar with Croft from his time at Norwich, when Lomas was the Canaries' youth coach, while Compton has just completed another loan spell at Bradford. Lomas said: "It's added competition and it can only be good for St Johnstone. "They are not guaranteed to go straight in, they are going to have to fight and earn the right to get in the team. "The boys who are there have been doing well. "I know what Lee is all about. He is a wide player who likes to take full-backs on and Jack is similar. It just provides us with competition." Saints have yet to make a decision on whether to offer a deal to former Plymouth, Motherwell, Dundee United and Aberdeen midfielder Jim Paterson, who has been training with the club. Lomas said: "We still haven't decided on Jim. It's a difficult one. "I like Jim and it's something we've got to sit down over the next couple of days and discuss with the chairman." Defender Frazer Wright (thigh) and striker Cillian Sheridan (hamstring) are also available for selection after recovering from injury, with Sheridan making a late substitute appearance last week.

Formation:442Manager: Pat Fenlon

Hibernian

Formation: 442Manager: Steve Lomas

St Johnstone

  • Mark Brown
  • Michael Hart
  • David Stephens
  • Paul Hanlon
  • Callum Booth
  • George Francomb
  • Isaiah Osbourne
  • Lewis Stevenson
  • Ivan Sproule
  • Garry O'Connor
  • Leigh Griffiths
  • SUBS
  • Graham Stack
  • Sean O'Hanlon
  • David Wotherspoon
  • Eoin Doyle
  • Daniel Galbraith
  • Richie Towell
  • Scott Smith

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Match Report

Sandaza heroics wins it for Saints A stunning late winner from Francisco Sandaza secured a 3-2 win for St Johnstone over Hibernian after a breathless encounter at Easter Road. On-loan debutant Lee Croft opened the scoring in the first half with a fine low finish. That lead was cancelled out in the second period, through a Leigh Griffiths penalty. However just seconds later wasteful defending allowing Liam Craig to restore the Perth side's lead. Hibs, displaying admirable character, made it 2-2 through Callum Booth's neat finish. But the home side's failed to defend and the excellent Sandaza found the space to fire home a super late winner to secure all three points for St Johnstone. Garry O'Connor saw an early effort disallowed for offside, in an early indicator of what would be a tumultuous encounter. Both sides subsequently exchanged decent chances. Firstly, Sandaza appeared to misjudge the flight of an excellent Dave MacKay cross and his header skewed away from goal. That was immediately followed by O'Connor taking a wild swing at fresh air from a similar distance. Midway through the first half St Johnstone goalkeeper Peter Enckleman was finally forced into serious action, palming away a powerful O'Connor shot from the angle of the penalty area. St Johnstone were next to threaten but Mark Brown saved Sandaza's low shot. That was a temporary reprieve for the Hibees. Croft, who intelligently drifted off the right-flank to find a pocket of space in the middle of the park, drove a ferocious effort at goal which was blocked by Hanlon. However the rebound fell kindly to Croft, and his finish was drilled into the corner of the net. Leigh Griffiths decided to try and prompt a recovery with a decent solo effort as half-time approached. His jinking 40-yard run saw him ride three challenges but his shot trickled wide. The last chance of a lively first period saw Brown tip a Dave MacKay header over the bar. The home side had a great chance to equalise early in the second half. Michael Hart's long ball fell to Lewis Stevenson, but the midfielder woefully mis-kicked his effort from eight yards. Seconds later Marcus Haber broke the offside trap and forced a splendid save from Brown, before Murray Davidson, left unmarked in the box, headed a Liam Craig cross wide. Brown was being forced to keep Hibs in the contest. Just after the hour-mark Sandaza burst into the area and forced a splendid save from the former Rangers and Celtic stopper. The home side equalised against the run of play with 20 minutes to play. Steven Anderson hauled back Griffiths in the box, and the on-loan Wolves man slotted the spot-kick into the corner. Almost straight from the restart the Saints were ahead again, with Hibs' defensive frailties exposed once more. Liam Craig took advantage of some lethargic play from Stephens to sneak behind the Welshman and fire into the corner of the net. Griffiths spurned a super chance to make it 2-2 with 10 minutes to play, heading over the bar from point-blank range. However, the equaliser did come through the unlikely source of Callum Booth. The 20-year-old latched on to the ball on the left before surging into the box and lashing a right-foot effort into the net. However, a remarkable encounter still had one twist left, and it was left to the game's star performer to provide it. Sandaza received the ball on the edge of the Hibs box. His control was terrific, the turn was marvellous, and the finish superb past Brown. ends M

Form Guide

    LLLDLW
  • Hibernian
  • VS
  • St Johnstone
  • LLLWWL

Last Meetings

  • St Johnstone
  • 3 - 1
  • Hibernian
  • 26/11/2011
  • Hibernian
  • 3 - 2
  • St Johnstone
  • 28/09/2011
  • Hibernian
  • 1 - 2
  • St Johnstone
  • 30/04/2011
  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 1
  • Hibernian
  • 05/03/2011
  • Hibernian
  • 0 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 27/11/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 2 - 0
  • Hibernian
  • 02/10/2010

Top Scorers

Hibernian

  • G O'Connor 8
  • L Griffiths 6
  • I Sproule 2
  • S O'Hanlon 1
  • R Towell 1

St Johnstone

  • F Sandaza 8
  • L Craig 5
  • C Sheridan 4
  • D MacKay 3
  • M Haber 2

Goals

Hibernian

    • Total goals 60
    • Goals per game 22
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 8 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

St Johnstone

    • Total goals 65
    • Goals per game 27
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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