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  • Date:28 Sep 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Easter Road Stadium
  • Attendance:8,323
  • Sproule (16) O'Connor (36) O'Connor - pen (62)
  • Craig (18)
    Sheridan (87)
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93mins

Corner taken by Martin Scott.

92mins

Jody Morris is shown a yellow card.

91mins

Francisco Sandaza fouled by Ian Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.

91mins

The official flags Marcus Haber offside. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.

88mins

Goal scored by Cillian Sheridan from just inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Hibernian 3-2 St Johnstone.Assist on the goal came from Marcus Haber.

87mins

Marcus Haber comes on in place of David McCracken.

85mins

Unfair challenge on Richie Towell by Francisco Sandaza results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Stack. Effort from the edge of the area by Junior Agogo goes wide of the right-hand upright.

83mins

Kevin Moon goes off and David Robertson comes on.

82mins

Centre by Chris Millar.

81mins

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne on Chris Millar, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jody Morris.

79mins

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne on Cillian Sheridan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig. Akpo Sodje joins the action as a substitute, replacing Garry O'Connor.

78mins

The ball is sent over by Victor Palsson, save by Chris Millar.

75mins

Isaiah Osbourne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cillian Sheridan. Booking for Isaiah Osbourne for unsporting behaviour. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.

72mins

Lewis Stevenson on for Ivan Sproule.

70mins

A cross is delivered by William Gibson.

67mins

Corner taken by William Gibson from the left by-line. Ian Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francisco Sandaza. Direct free kick taken by William Gibson.

64mins

Shot by Francisco Sandaza. Save by Graham Stack. William Gibson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alan Maybury.

61mins

David McCracken gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor. Garry O'Connor scores a power penalty. Hibernian 3-1 St Johnstone.

60mins

Chris Millar has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

55mins

Corner taken by Liam Craig, Sean O'Hanlon manages to make a clearance.

54mins

Martin Scott joins the action as a substitute, replacing Leigh Griffiths.

54mins

Isaiah Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Sandaza. Liam Craig takes the free kick.

49mins

Chris Millar takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.

46mins

Ivan Sproule gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jody Morris. Liam Craig takes the free kick.

46mins

Francisco Sandaza takes a shot.

45mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Isaiah Osbourne on Cillian Sheridan. Direct free kick taken by Cillian Sheridan.

44mins

Left-footed shot by Garry O'Connor.

43mins

Francisco Sandaza is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.

42mins

Corner taken by David MacKay from the right by-line to the near post.

42mins

Liam Craig takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

40mins

Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.

39mins

Centre by Ivan Sproule, Peter Enckelman makes a save.

37mins

Garry O'Connor scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 2-1 St Johnstone.Assist by Junior Agogo.

36mins

Ivan Sproule takes a shot.

33mins

Ivan Sproule has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

30mins

Effort on goal by Francisco Sandaza from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

24mins

Corner from left by-line taken by Jody Morris.

21mins

Junior Agogo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Peter Enckelman takes the indirect free kick.

20mins

Effort from 18 yards by Liam Craig.

19mins

A goal is scored by Liam Craig from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-1 St Johnstone.Assist on the goal came from David MacKay.

18mins

David McCracken fouled by Garry O'Connor, the ref awards a free kick. David McCracken takes the direct free kick.

17mins

Ivan Sproule fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-0 St Johnstone.Assist on the goal came from Garry O'Connor.

15mins

Centre by Ivan Sproule.

14mins

Foul by Alan Maybury on Leigh Griffiths, free kick awarded. Richie Towell restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Liam Craig. Free kick taken by Richie Towell.

10mins

Inswinging corner taken by Leigh Griffiths.

9mins

Leigh Griffiths takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.

5mins

The referee blows for offside against Junior Agogo. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

3mins

Francisco Sandaza is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Graham Stack.

2mins

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

Match Preview

Calderwood seeks perfect balance Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood is looking for the balance between defence and attack as his side aim to end a long wait without a league win at Easter Road when they take on St Johnstone. Hibs have not gained three points in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League since February and had to come from two down to force a 3-3 draw against Dundee United on Saturday, with strikers Garry O'Connor and Junior Agogo on target. Their previous home match was a drab goalless draw against Aberdeen and Calderwood is now aiming to combine the positive facets of both games. "The positive side of a 3-3 draw is obviously the fact our strikers are doing well," said Calderwood, who has a concern over a foot knock picked up by Leigh Griffiths on Saturday. "I think there's good combinations with the ball and they're starting to link in more and more together. "You can see it developing through the games which is backing up what we've seen at the training ground. "Things have steadied a little bit. We haven't been defeated and we've scored enough goals to win games, and we've been involved in exciting games. "We were pretty solid against Aberdeen but not effective enough at the other end. "And when we've been effective at the other end we've been extravagant defensively! "We haven't got the balance but we've shown on occasions we can do both ends of the game. "If we can marry the two of them together it would definitely help." St Johnstone will prove a tough test of Hibernian's gradual improvement with the Perth side yet to concede a goal in four away matches this season. Derek McInnes will not be unduly swayed by statistics which point to a good night for St Johnstone. The Perth side are coming off an impressive 2-0 home win over Hearts on Sunday to keep them unbeaten in five SPL games and they have yet to concede away from home in the league. Conversely, Hibs are struggling. But the Saints boss is wary of drawing conclusions. "Stats are there to be used any way you like," McInnes told Press Association Sport. "It is only four games away from home and we have ridden our luck at times. "We have been working hard, especially on the road, making ourselves difficult to break down but the test is to keep that going. "We just need to make sure we go there and play well because Hibs are a team who keep going. "They looked down and out at Motherwell in the League Cup game but showed spirit and resilience to come back and they came back to get a point on Saturday. "Dundee United were excellent and looked comfortable but Hibs showed their spirit again. "Colin Calderwood is trying to get his side passing the ball but he will be encouraged by the fight in the team. "They carry a threat up front with Garry O'Connor, Leigh Griffiths and Junior Agogo and as long as you have a goal threat and a determination to keep going then you have a chance. "So it would be wrong to get sidetracked by statistics, we need to play well and if we do that then we will have a chance." McInnes welcomes back fit-again Jody Morris and Callum Davidson to his squad. "It is a clear boost to have them back," he said. "There are a lot of games at the moment and we will have to utilise our squad. "We have been without Jody, Callum, Frazer Wright, Murray Davidson and Sam Parkin, all important players for us and all of whom have great experience."

Formation:442Manager: Colin Calderwood

Hibernian

Formation: 442Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

  • Graham Stack
  • Richie Towell
  • Sean O'Hanlon
  • Paul Hanlon
  • Ian Murray
  • Ivan Sproule
  • Victor Palsson
  • Isaiah Osbourne
  • Leigh Griffiths
  • Garry O'Connor
  • Junior Agogo
  • SUBS
  • Mark Brown
  • David Wotherspoon
  • Martin Scott
  • Lewis Stevenson
  • David Stephens
  • Akpo Sodje
  • Callum Booth

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Match Report

O`Connor on song as Hibs taste home comforts Garry O'Connor maintained his excellent goalscoring run with a double to help see off St Johnstone 3-2 and secure Hibernian's first home win in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League since February. O'Connor fired Hibs back in front towards the end of an open and entertaining first half and took his tally for the season to 10 when he netted a disputed second-half penalty. The dangerous Ivan Sproule had opened the scoring with an emphatic finish in the 17th minute but Liam Craig soon volleyed an equaliser. Cillian Sheridan pulled a late goal back to ensure a fitting finale to a thrilling encounter but Hibs held on. Colin Calderwood's men are now undefeated in five games since losing the Edinburgh derby last month and they ended St Johnstone's unbeaten away record with the help of a more solid second-half performance. Both sides were handed pre-match fitness boosts for a fixture originally postponed to accommodate the home team's friendly against Sunderland. St Johnstone skipper Jody Morris returned following a hamstring injury to replace Willie Gibson in the only change to the team that beat Hearts on Sunday. Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths shook off a foot knock to keep his place while Sproule came in for David Wotherspoon. Hibs forced the first chance in the 10th minute when the ball broke kindly for Junior Agogo following a long throw, but Peter Enckelman pushed over the striker's volley from 12 yards. Sproule finished off an excellent move in style to give Hibs the lead. Agogo made room for himself with some ball juggling skills and received the ball back from O'Connor's backheel just outside the box. The striker thought about shooting but elected to play the ball into the path of Sproule outside him. The Northern Irishman appeared to have lost the chance after taking a touch but he thumped the ball into the roof of the net from 12 yards with his left foot. The goal was the first St Johnstone had conceded away from home this season but they were level two minutes later. Dave Mackay worked room on the right to cross and Craig got in front of Richie Towell to volley into the corner from the penalty spot. The visitors came close to taking the lead when Kevin Moon's touch handed Chris Millar space in the box but his driven cross flashed just behind Moon with the goal gaping. Saints should have gone ahead on the half-hour mark after Agogo lost the ball to Morris inside his own half as Hibs tried to play the ball out from the back. Morris fed Francisco Sandaza, who turned Sean O'Hanlon one way and another but slipped the ball inches wide of the far post with his left foot. Sproule's pace took him past Mackay and into a great position at the other end following Isaiah Osbourne's pass but he elected to cross when he had little support and had a reasonable angle to shoot. Hibs were soon back in front as O'Connor continued his hot goalscoring streak in the 37th minute. The forward was outnumbered in the box as Agogo helped on a long ball but it broke invitingly for him and he shot powerfully low into the net from 16 yards. The visitors pushed for an equaliser before the break. Stack came off his line to block from Sandaza following Sheridan's through-ball and then got down well to push past Craig's powerful 25-yard drive. O'Connor soon went close again with another left-footed drive from inside the box but Enckelman parried. Saints had some decent pressure early in the second half but Hibs, with Martin Scott on for Griffiths, were sitting deeper to protect Stack and Sproule created a chance on the break but Agogo could not direct his header. Hibs could not stop Millar shooting from 22 yards after a long period of Saints possession but the ball flashed just wide. The hosts went further ahead in the 62nd in controversial circumstances. O'Connor appeared to run into David McCracken and dive over his foot after losing the ball but referee Steve Conroy pointed to the spot and the striker sent Enckelman the wrong way. Stack pushed away Sandaza's strike as the visitors sought an instant response. Stack easily saved Craig's free-kick and Hibs appeared to be seeing the game out comfortably until Sheridan netted with two minutes left. The Irishman brushed off centre-back Ian Murray as they chased a long ball and turned to curl the ball in off the post. Panic spread throughout the home stands at Easter Road as the fans feared a repeat of Saturday's 3-3 draw with Dundee United but the visitors' chances ended when Craig's injury-time free-kick was cleared. end

possession


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