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  • Date:02 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:2,909
Goal!

Live Commentary

94mins

Scott Vernon is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.

93mins

Daniel Grainger receives a yellow card. Foul by Daniel Grainger on Derek Young, free kick awarded. Robert Milsom crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Murray Davidson.

92mins

Robert Milsom fouled by David MacKay, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.

91mins

Centre by Daniel Grainger, Derek Young gets a block in.

90mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Steve May misses to the right of the goal.

90mins

A cross is delivered by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Derek Young.

85mins

(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Steve May coming on for Collin Samuel. Jamie Adams joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jody Morris. Sone Aluko challenges Collin Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.

84mins

The ball is swung over by Paul Hartley.

83mins

Collin Samuel is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

82mins

Centre by Steven Anderson, clearance made by David McNamee.

81mins

Handball decision goes against Josh Magennis. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.

80mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Robert Milsom. Nikola Vujadinovic takes the direct free kick.

79mins

Stephen Reynolds is brought on as a substitute for Daniele Invincibile.

75mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Gartland on Scott Vernon. Direct free kick taken by Robert Milsom.

74mins

Nick Blackman leaves the field to be replaced by Josh Magennis. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Graham Gartland by Nick Blackman. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.

73mins

Andrew Considine is shown a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Jody Morris restarts play with the free kick.

71mins

Shot from just outside the box by Daniel Grainger goes over the bar.

70mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Derek Young. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.

68mins

Effort on goal by Liam Craig from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

68mins

Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Scott Vernon.

66mins

Daniel Grainger takes the outswinging corner, Derek Young manages to make a clearance.

66mins

Liam Craig takes a shot. Clearance by Nikola Vujadinovic.

65mins

Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

64mins

Murray Davidson challenges Scott Vernon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sone Aluko restarts play with the free kick.

63mins

(Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Derek Young coming on for Ryan Jack.

62mins

The ball is delivered by David MacKay, clearance by David McNamee. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Nikola Vujadinovic.

61mins

Rory McArdle leaves the field to be replaced by Nikola Vujadinovic.

60mins

Centre by Sone Aluko, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom from the right by-line, save by Peter Enckelman.

59mins

The ball is swung over by Peter MacDonald, Collin Samuel has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

59mins

Peter MacDonald sends in a cross, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.

57mins

Centre by Steven Smith, Graham Gartland makes a clearance.

56mins

The ball is swung over by David MacKay.

55mins

Foul by Collin Samuel on Robert Milsom, free kick awarded. Paul Hartley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Steven Anderson. Corner from the right by-line taken by Robert Milsom, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.

54mins

David MacKay takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.

54mins

Peter MacDonald fouled by Paul Hartley, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.

53mins

Corner taken by Daniel Grainger played to the near post, Steven Smith makes a clearance.

52mins

Andrew Considine challenges Collin Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.

51mins

Collin Samuel concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Smith. Steven Smith takes the direct free kick.

50mins

Robert Milsom takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman. Robert Milsom takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Effort on goal by Scott Vernon from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

49mins

Daniele Invincibile produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

49mins

Scott Vernon concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Craig. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.

48mins

Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, clearance made by Ryan Jack.

47mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald by Andrew Considine. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.

42mins

Daniele Invincibile is shown a yellow card for dissent. Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Jack. Andrew Considine crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Peter Enckelman.

41mins

Unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.

40mins

Sone Aluko produces a cross, David MacKay gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Paul Hartley to the near post, clearance made by Murray Davidson.

36mins

Daniel Grainger concedes a free kick for a foul on David McNamee. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

36mins

Rory McArdle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.

34mins

Paul Hartley takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.

33mins

Steven Anderson challenges Nick Blackman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Paul Hartley from the free kick.

32mins

The official flags Collin Samuel offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

30mins

Steven Smith takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

28mins

A cross is delivered by Steven Smith, clearance by Daniel Grainger.

28mins

Centre by Daniele Invincibile, clearance made by Andrew Considine.

25mins

Peter MacDonald takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield. Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Headed effort from inside the area by Liam Craig misses to the left of the goal.

25mins

Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.

23mins

Andrew Considine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald. Liam Craig crosses the ball, David MacKay takes a shot. Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.

22mins

Peter MacDonald takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Grainger, Scott Vernon makes a clearance.

19mins

David MacKay challenges Sone Aluko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.

16mins

Unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald by Steven Smith results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger produces a cross, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Peter MacDonald goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

15mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Smith. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

13mins

Jody Morris takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Hartley.

10mins

The ball is swung over by Jody Morris.

10mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Andrew Considine.

9mins

The ball is crossed by Peter MacDonald, Liam Craig takes a shot. Blocked by David McNamee.

7mins

Unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Jody Morris results in a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.

6mins

Sone Aluko takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.

5mins

The ball is delivered by David MacKay, save by Jamie Langfield.

4mins

Outswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line.

4mins

Foul by Rory McArdle on Peter MacDonald, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.

3mins

Steven Smith crosses the ball, blocked by Daniele Invincibile.

2mins

Daniele Invincibile delivers the ball, free kick awarded for a foul by Peter MacDonald on Jamie Langfield. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

1mins

Jody Morris challenges Ryan Jack unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Saints aim to boost top six hopes Derek McInnes does not believe his St Johnstone side will need a pep-talk before Wednesday night's SPL clash with Aberdeen at McDiarmid Park. Despite losing 4-0 against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday the Saints are level on 30 points with the Dons and have games in hand on Motherwell and Inverness above them. The former Dundee United and Rangers midfielder feels prospects of a top-half finish will become clearer after the next two home games against Aberdeen and Hibernian. He said: "I think Kilmarnock will stay with the Old Firm and Hearts, and Dundee United have games in hand and will maybe be favourites to reach the top six, so that means there is one slot available with five teams looking for it. "To have that opportunity to get there is great testament to my players. "Expectations were raised after last season and rightly so. "We haven't quite reached them yet but it is difficult to be critical of them. "We are 15 points clear of the bottom side and we will take that without question regardless of our position in the table. "We have two very important games coming up as well as a Scottish Cup game against Brechin. "If we can come out of the two SPL games against Aberdeen and Hibs with credit then a top-six place becomes a serious objective for us. "On the other hand, no wins and it will be difficult." Defender Michael Duberry is out of the encounter after he was forced off with a groin injury in the first half of Saints' defeat to Rangers at the weekend, with McInnes bracing himself for scan results showing the former Chelsea player could be out for up to six weeks. Kevin Moon (groin), Chris Millar (hamstring) and Jamie Adams (ankle) are out and Sam Parkin (broken ankle) will not figure for the remainder of the season. The McDiarmid Park match is crucial for both teams' hopes of breaking into the top six before the mid-April split. But Dons manager Craig Brown has been careful not to talk up those prospects after taking over in December when Aberdeen were in the lower reaches of the table. And the former Scotland boss warned that St Johnstone would be dangerous opponents as they look to atone for Sunday's 4-0 defeat at Ibrox. "It is an important game for both teams," Brown said. "I think St Johnstone have had, all season, justifiable aspirations to be in the top six. "We think that if we manage to win a few games between now and the split we might just sneak in but the main priority is of course to get enough points to not get dragged down. "St Johnstone will be very dangerous after their defeat at Ibrox on Sunday. "We always find that a team that is hurting from a defeat will pull out all the stops to redeem themselves." Aberdeen will be without the suspended Chris Maguire, who also misses the trip to Dundee United on Monday night, but Brown is satisfied with his cover up front. "It is a big loss as he is a very good player for us but we have got good provision on the bench," Brown said. "We have got strikers sitting there in Josh Magennis, Michael Paton, Nick Blackman and of course Scott Vernon who has been a regular in the team. "I think if there is any area of the team in which we are well enough provided for a suspension or an injury it is up front." Zander Diamond is also a doubt with an ankle injury but Brown expects David McNamee to shake off a hamstring strain. Peter Pawlett (knee) remains on the sidelines alongside long-term absentees Yoann Folly, Darren Mackie and Fraser Fyvie.

Formation:442Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

Formation: 442Manager: Craig Brown

Aberdeen

  • Peter Enckelman
  • David MacKay
  • Steven Anderson
  • Graham Gartland
  • Daniel Grainger
  • Peter MacDonald
  • Jody Morris
  • Murray Davidson
  • Liam Craig
  • Collin Samuel
  • Daniele Invincibile
  • SUBS
  • Graeme Smith
  • Alan Maybury
  • Jamie Adams
  • Cleveland Taylor
  • Arvydas Novikovas
  • Stephen Reynolds
  • Steve May

Home

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Match Report

Keepers star in stalemate Peter Enckelman and Jamie Langfield produced several excellent saves to ensure St Johnstone and Aberdeen remained goalless at McDiarmid Park. St Johnstone goalkeeper Enckelman saved brilliantly from Nick Blackman and Rob Milsom, before Langfield emulated his efforts under sustained second-half pressure from the home side, who were inspired by the recalled Peter MacDonald. The stalemate leaves the teams locked together in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, three points off the top six and level with Hibernian on 31 points. A draw was not much use to either in their quest to make the top half of the table, but Saints came closer to finding a win after a quiet first half. The clean sheet was their seventh in a row at McDiarmid Park and came despite the introduction of Blackman for Aberdeen, who replaced the suspended Chris Maguire after scoring four goals for Motherwell against the Perth side earlier in the season. The St Johnstone defence included Graham Gartland after Michael Duberry suffered a groin injury early in Sunday's 4-0 defeat by Rangers, and the home side's strikeforce impressed in the early stages. Collin Samuel and MacDonald looked lively up front and the latter came close with a header and volley, both from tight angles. Aberdeen had a great chance midway through the first half when Blackman was threaded through by Scott Vernon, but Enckelman narrowed the angle and blocked the striker's low shot from 15 yards with his feet. MacDonald soon threatened again when his persistence got him in behind the Dons defence, but Langfield quickly blocked from the striker. Both sides struggled for creativity on the bumpy pitch as the half progressed. Enckelman produced a stunning save in the opening stages of the second half, tipping over Milsom's powerful strike from 16 yards after Sone Aluko's impressive run and cutback. David McNamee came across to clear as Samuel appeared set to finish MacDonald's square ball, and Langfield then came to Aberdeen's rescue by getting down to stop Dave Mackay sliding the ball into the corner after a one-two with MacDonald. MacDonald created another chance when he cut the ball back for Danny Invincibile, but Langfield produced another superb one-handed save to stop the cushioned volley, and Samuel headed over from close range after his strike partner had returned the ball. Yet again MacDonald set up a team-mate when he headed into the path of Liam Craig but Langfield made another save, coming off his line to block the midfielder's low shot, and substitute Nikola Vujadinovic bravely cleared as Murray Davidson slid in for the rebound. St Johnstone kept up the pressure and they were denied a strong penalty claim by Craig Thomson in the 82nd minute following McNamee's clumsy aerial challenge on MacDonald. Substitute Stevie May missed their last chance in the final minute when he shot wide following Mackay's cutback.

Form Guide

    WLWLDL
  • St Johnstone
  • VS
  • Aberdeen
  • WLLWWD

Last Meetings

  • Aberdeen
  • 0 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 20/11/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 1
  • Aberdeen
  • 21/08/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 1
  • Aberdeen
  • 24/04/2010
  • Aberdeen
  • 1 - 3
  • St Johnstone
  • 11/04/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 0
  • Aberdeen
  • 16/03/2010
  • Aberdeen
  • 2 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 07/11/2009

Top Scorers

St Johnstone

  • S Parkin 4
  • D Grainger 2
  • C Samuel 2
  • L Craig 2
  • S May 2
  • C Taylor 1
  • A Jackson 1

Aberdeen

  • S Vernon 10
  • C Maguire 3
  • R McArdle 2
  • S Aluko 2
  • D Mackie 1
  • Z Diamond 1
  • Y Folly 1
  • N Blackman 1
  • R Jack 1
  • J Magennis 1

Goals

St Johnstone

    • Total goals 50
    • Goals per game 17
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Aberdeen

    • Total goals 63
    • Goals per game 30
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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