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  • Date:03 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Rugby Park
  • Attendance:3,768
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92mins

Corner taken left-footed by James Dayton, Headed effort from inside the area by Gary Harkins misses to the left of the target.

91mins

Michael Nelson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson. Callum Davidson takes the direct free kick.

90mins

Michael Nelson booked for unsporting behaviour.

90mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Dayton from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Alan Mannus.

89mins

James Dayton takes a shot. Blocked by Frazer Wright.

88mins

Cillian Sheridan receives a red card.

86mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber by Gary Harkins. Marcus Haber goes into the referee's book. The referee shows James Fowler a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick, Michael Nelson makes a clearance.

86mins

The ball is crossed by Lee Croft, Liam Craig takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.

85mins

James Dayton challenges Liam Craig unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Callum Davidson.

84mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Liam Kelly. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Liam Kelly from right channel, clearance by David McCracken.

83mins

Danny Buijs is brought on as a substitute for Danny Racchi.

82mins

Centre by Lee Croft, Effort from the edge of the area by Cillian Sheridan goes wide of the right-hand post.

81mins

Unfair challenge on Garry Hay by David MacKay results in a free kick. David Silva joins the action as a substitute, replacing Garry Hay. Liam Kelly produces a cross, Murray Davidson manages to make a clearance.

79mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Dayton by Chris Millar. Free kick crossed left-footed by Garry Hay from right channel.

78mins

Chris Millar crosses the ball.

76mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Gary Harkins. James Fowler takes the direct free kick.

76mins

The referee shows Dean Shiels a red card for second bookable offence.

74mins

Lee Croft sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Liam Craig from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

74mins

Marcus Haber gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Nelson. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.

73mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Harkins on Frazer Wright. Free kick taken by Alan Mannus. Francisco Sandaza leaves the field to be replaced by Marcus Haber.

72mins

Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Nelson.

72mins

The ball is crossed by James Dayton, Alan Mannus makes a save.

70mins

The offside flag is raised against Cillian Sheridan. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell. The referee shows Cillian Sheridan a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

69mins

Chris Millar concedes a free kick for a foul on James Dayton. Free kick taken by Liam Kelly.

68mins

Mohamadou Sissoko challenges Francisco Sandaza unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mohamadou Sissoko goes into the referee's book. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig from right wing, Ben Gordon manages to make a clearance.

67mins

The ball is swung over by Ben Gordon, clearance made by Callum Davidson.

66mins

Chris Millar challenges James Dayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Fowler.

65mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by David MacKay on Garry Hay. Direct free kick taken by Dean Shiels.

63mins

The ball is crossed by Liam Kelly.

63mins

Murray Davidson challenges Dean Shiels unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Shiels crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by David MacKay.

62mins

James Dayton is brought on as a substitute for Dieter Van Tornhout.

62mins

Danny Racchi concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Direct free kick taken by Callum Davidson.

60mins

Centre by Garry Hay, Danny Racchi takes a shot. Comfortable save by Alan Mannus.

57mins

Frazer Wright challenges Dieter Van Tornhout unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Fowler.

56mins

Danny Racchi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David McCracken takes the indirect free kick.

53mins

Cillian Sheridan concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Kelly. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.

52mins

Cillian Sheridan challenges Mohamadou Sissoko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.

51mins

The ball is crossed by Ben Gordon, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Dean Shiels, clearance by Callum Davidson.

48mins

Murray Davidson challenges Garry Hay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Hay.

48mins

Centre by Lee Croft, James Fowler manages to make a clearance.

47mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels from the left by-line, clearance by David MacKay.

46mins

Handball by Liam Craig. James Fowler has an effort direct from the free kick, clearance by Lee Croft.

46mins

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Croft from the right by-line, Michael Nelson manages to make a clearance.

46mins

Dean Shiels shown a yellow card.

44mins

Unfair challenge on Gary Harkins by Callum Davidson results in a Penalty. A save by Alan Mannus from penalty by Dean Shiels. Kilmarnock 0-0 St Johnstone.

43mins

Liam Craig decides to take the corner short.

43mins

Corner from left by-line taken by Liam Craig.

38mins

The official flags Danny Racchi offside. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

37mins

Garry Hay takes a short corner.

34mins

Mohamadou Sissoko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cillian Sheridan. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David MacKay from own half, Cameron Bell makes a save.

33mins

The ball is crossed by Francisco Sandaza, Shot by Liam Craig from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

33mins

Shot from just outside the box by Dieter Van Tornhout misses to the left of the target.

32mins

The ball is crossed by Danny Racchi, Dean Shiels produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

32mins

Dieter Van Tornhout crosses the ball.

29mins

Lee Croft has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

28mins

Centre by Lee Croft, Cameron Bell makes a save.

27mins

David McCracken gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dieter Van Tornhout. Free kick taken by Dean Shiels.

26mins

David MacKay challenges Dieter Van Tornhout unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Garry Hay.

24mins

Unfair challenge on Francisco Sandaza by Mohamadou Sissoko results in a free kick. Liam Craig takes the free kick.

23mins

Francisco Sandaza concedes a free kick for a foul on Garry Hay. Direct free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.

23mins

Cillian Sheridan has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

22mins

Unfair challenge on Callum Davidson by Liam Kelly results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Callum Davidson.

21mins

Unfair challenge on Callum Davidson by Liam Kelly results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Callum Davidson, clearance by Michael Nelson.

20mins

Danny Racchi delivers the ball.

20mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Cillian Sheridan. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.

20mins

The ball is crossed by Liam Craig.

18mins

Ben Gordon concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Free kick taken by Liam Craig, Murray Davidson produces a cross, save by Cameron Bell.

16mins

The ball is swung over by Danny Racchi, Dieter Van Tornhout takes a shot.

15mins

Lee Croft delivers the ball.

14mins

Mohamadou Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Sandaza. Liam Craig takes the free kick, Frazer Wright produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

13mins

Effort by Liam Kelly from a long way out goes over the target.

6mins

Francisco Sandaza challenges Michael Nelson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.

6mins

Garry Hay crosses the ball, save made by Alan Mannus.

4mins

Centre by Lee Croft, Michael Nelson manages to make a clearance.

1mins

Mohamadou Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Sandaza. Shot on goal comes in from Liam Craig from the free kick, Cameron Bell makes a save.

Match Preview

Lomas - At least two more wins needed for top-six berth St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas believes his side need two wins minimum to secure a place in the top half of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League before the split. The Perth side have six games remaining before the 12-team league is divided in half, beginning against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park tomorrow, where plenty is at stake. In a congested table, fourth-placed Saints are seven points ahead of eighth-placed Killie, who are currently four points behind sixth-placed Hearts. Lomas said: "It's a big game for us, a big game for Kilmarnock. I think the split's worked very well. "It keeps mid-table alive going for something so I think it's been a positive. It's all to play for. "We still think we need at least two wins to be in that top six. "The target is just to be in the top half at the split and then we'll reassess." Killie, who meet Celtic in the Scottish Communities League Cup final later this month, beat Rangers 1-0 at Ibrox last month, but then lost 4-0 to Dundee United and 3-1 at home to 11th-placed Hibernian in their last two outings ahead of tomorrow's game. Lomas added: "They have had a couple of indifferent results after a great win away at Rangers, but they've got cup final places to play for. "I expect a very tough game. They've got some decent players. "I thought Dean Shiels was excellent first half for Northern Ireland (against Norway on Wednesday) and well deserved after the season he's had. "We know we're going to have to be on our mettle to get anything from the game, but our away form isn't bad so we go there with no fear. "It's got the makings of a decent game." Saints' bid to improve on six wins from 13 away games this term is set to be hampered by the absence of captain Jody Morris. The midfielder picked up a groin injury in the 3-1 defeat of Dunfermline and is unlikely to be risked - with Saints having a two-week break after the Rugby Park fixture - and Chris Millar is set to deputise. "Jody's probably going to miss out tomorrow," Lomas said. "Jody's been fantastic for us this season, he will be a miss. But it's a chance - it's down to other people now to stake a claim for the starting positions. "Chris Millar came in and did very well when Jody went off. We're fortunate Chris is very versatile." Defender Steven Anderson (knee) is available again after missing the win over the Pars, while right-back Michael Hart could make his debut after signing following his release from Hibernian. Killie midfielder Danny Racchi will gladly forego the chance of Hampden cup glory to get a run of SPL games under his belt. The 24-year-old has struggled to make an impact since signing for the Rugby Park club last summer, after leaving York. And while many of his team-mates might be looking past tomorrow's clash with St Johnstone to the Scottish Communities League Cup final against Celtic at Hampden on March 18, the former Bury player insists he would sacrifice a starting place at the national stadium to add to his nine appearances to date. "I suppose it will be in some people's mind (getting into the cup final team) but first and foremost I just want to get back into the team," he told Press Association Sport. "That's all that matters to me. "Everyone is different but I would rather miss the final and play every game until the end of the season. "It has been up and down for me but I am hoping in the last third of the season that I can get my shirt back. "I was injured at the start of the season and then made a lot of appearances as substitute and scored a couple of goals from midfield and now I find myself back on the bench. "The times I have been in the team, the attacking threat I have offered from central midfield and the goals I have scored, I think possible I deserve my shirt. "But that isn't to be so I would 100% sacrifice being in the starting 11 for a cup final to start every game for the rest of the season, no doubt about." Lewis Toshney is back in contention for Kilmarnock. The defender missed last week's defeat by Hibernian with a groin injury but resumed training this week. Midfielder Liam Kelly returns from suspension.

Formation:442Manager: Kenny Shiels

Kilmarnock

Formation: 442Manager: Steve Lomas

St Johnstone

  • Cameron Bell
  • James Fowler
  • Michael Nelson
  • Mohamadou Sissoko
  • Ben Gordon
  • Liam Kelly
  • Danny Racchi
  • Garry Hay
  • Dean Shiels
  • Gary Harkins
  • Dieter Van Tornhout
  • SUBS
  • Kyle Letheren
  • David Silva
  • Danny Buijs
  • James Dayton
  • Zdenek Kroca
  • Lee Johnson
  • Rory McKeown

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Match Report

Killie and Saints draw a blank Dean Shiels and Cillian Sheridan were both dismissed for simulation as Kilmarnock and St Johnstone drew a blank in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Rugby Park. Two minutes from the break Alan Mannus saved a poor spot-kick from the Kilmarnock midfielder after Saints left-back Callum Davidson was adjudged by referee Craig Charleston to have pulled down Gary Harkins in the box. The former Hibernian player, who was booked for going in too hard for the rebound, compounded his error when he was dismissed in the 75th minute after picking up his second yellow card for simulation in the Saints box. There was more drama to follow two minutes from time as Perth striker Sheridan, booked in the 70th minute for kicking the ball away, was handed his second yellow by Charleston, also for simulation inside the Killie box. Aside from the two red cards which will dominate the headlines, neither side did enough to deserve to take all three points but Saints continue their quest for a European spot. Kilmarnock face Celtic in the Scottish Communities League Cup final at Hampden in a fortnight's time and they will have to show some marked improvement if they are to have a chance of silverware. Killie manager Kenny Shiels made three changes to his side as he looked to beat Saints for the first time in three meetings. Midfielder Liam Kelly returned from suspension while midfielder Danny Racchi and striker Dieter Van Tornhout also made the starting XI while James Dayton and Lee Johnson dropped to the bench with striker Paul Heffernan out altogether, reportedly injured. Saints skipper Jody Morris was forced to drop out with a groin injury and he replaced by Chris Millar. The visitors had the best of the first-half in terms of play. There were less than two minutes played when midfielder Liam Craig tested Killie keeper Cammy Bell with a free-kick from 25 yards, following a foul on Saints striker Francisco Sandaza by Mo Sissoko. Moments later, from Lee Croft's cross from the right, Kilmarnock defender Michael Nelson's clearance cannoned off Sheridan from close range and fortuitously ended up in the arms of Bell. In the 16th minute, after a great cross from Croft found no takers in the Killie box, the home side almost took the lead when they threatened for the first time. When Racchi whipped the ball into the box from the right, Van Tornhout crashed his header off the bar before Saints defender David McCracken cleared. It was a let-off for the Perth side who still looked the more likely with another great ball in from the right, this time from stand-in skipper Dave Mackay, going a-begging to the frustration of the small band of travelling fans. St Johnstone continued to be profligate and midfielder Liam Craig mis-kicked high and wide after Sandaza's chip found him alone at the back post and under no immediate pressure. In the 37th minute Shiels escaped the Saints defence for the first time to cut the ball back across the six-yard box, forcing former Killie defender Frazer Wright to clear for a corner but that came to nothing. Shiels then turned sinner after referee Charleston ruled that Davidson had tripped the clever Harkins in the box following a swift Killie break. However, Mannus dived to his right to save the penalty, grabbing the ball at the second attempt, with Shiels picking up a booking in his bid to reach the rebound. St Johnstone came out for the second-half looking to take advantage of their penalty escape. In the 50th minute, though, Saints defender Wright did well to clear the ball over his own bar from two yards out, after Killie left-back Ben Gordon had raced on to a Harkins pass before driving across goal. As play swung from end to end, at times erratically, it looked like one goal would be enough to win the match. There were few clear-cut chances being created at either end but in the 75th minute Shiels was involved in more drama when he shown a second yellow card by referee Charleston for going to ground too easily in the box after going past MacKay, leaving the home side with 10 men. The latter stages became irritable and fractured and two minutes from time, to cap a rather crazy day, Sheridan was shown a second yellow card for simulation inside the Killie box.

Form Guide

    LDDWLL
  • Kilmarnock
  • VS
  • St Johnstone
  • LWLLDW

Last Meetings

  • St Johnstone
  • 2 - 0
  • Kilmarnock
  • 28/12/2011
  • Kilmarnock
  • 1 - 2
  • St Johnstone
  • 01/10/2011
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 0
  • Kilmarnock
  • 02/04/2011
  • Kilmarnock
  • 1 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 15/01/2011
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 3
  • Kilmarnock
  • 06/11/2010
  • Kilmarnock
  • 1 - 2
  • St Johnstone
  • 01/05/2010

Top Scorers

Kilmarnock

  • P Heffernan 8
  • D Shiels 6
  • J Dayton 3
  • J Fowler 2
  • D Racchi 2
  • M Pascali 2
  • Z Kroca 1
  • G Harkins 1
  • R McKeown 1

St Johnstone

  • F Sandaza 9
  • L Craig 6
  • C Sheridan 4
  • D MacKay 3
  • L Croft 2
  • M Haber 2
  • C Davidson 1
  • J Morris 1
  • S Anderson 1
  • M Davidson 1

Goals

Kilmarnock

    • Total goals 74
    • Goals per game 31
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

St Johnstone

    • Total goals 79
    • Goals per game 36
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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