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Scott Vernon is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
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.
Robert Milsom fouled by David MacKay, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
Centre by Daniel Grainger, Derek Young gets a block in.
Effort from deep inside the area by Steve May misses to the right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Derek Young.
(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.
The ball is swung over by Paul Hartley.
Collin Samuel is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Centre by Steven Anderson, clearance made by David McNamee.
Handball decision goes against Josh Magennis. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Robert Milsom. Nikola Vujadinovic takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Reynolds is brought on as a substitute for Daniele Invincibile.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Gartland on Scott Vernon. Direct free kick taken by Robert Milsom.
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.
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.
Shot from just outside the box by Daniel Grainger goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Derek Young. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Effort on goal by Liam Craig from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Scott Vernon.
Daniel Grainger takes the outswinging corner, Derek Young manages to make a clearance.
Liam Craig takes a shot. Clearance by Nikola Vujadinovic.
Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Murray Davidson challenges Scott Vernon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sone Aluko restarts play with the free kick.
(Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Derek Young coming on for Ryan Jack.
The ball is delivered by David MacKay, clearance by David McNamee. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Nikola Vujadinovic.
Rory McArdle leaves the field to be replaced by Nikola Vujadinovic.
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.
The ball is swung over by Peter MacDonald, Collin Samuel has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Peter MacDonald sends in a cross, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Centre by Steven Smith, Graham Gartland makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by David MacKay.
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.
David MacKay takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Peter MacDonald fouled by Paul Hartley, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger played to the near post, Steven Smith makes a clearance.
Andrew Considine challenges Collin Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Collin Samuel concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Smith. Steven Smith takes the direct free kick.
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.
Daniele Invincibile produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Scott Vernon concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Craig. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, clearance made by Ryan Jack.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald by Andrew Considine. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
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.
Unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
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.
Daniel Grainger concedes a free kick for a foul on David McNamee. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Rory McArdle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.
Paul Hartley takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Steven Anderson challenges Nick Blackman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Paul Hartley from the free kick.
The official flags Collin Samuel offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Steven Smith takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Steven Smith, clearance by Daniel Grainger.
Centre by Daniele Invincibile, clearance made by Andrew Considine.
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.
Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
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.
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.
David MacKay challenges Sone Aluko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
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.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Smith. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Jody Morris takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Hartley.
The ball is swung over by Jody Morris.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Andrew Considine.
The ball is crossed by Peter MacDonald, Liam Craig takes a shot. Blocked by David McNamee.
Unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Jody Morris results in a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
Sone Aluko takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is delivered by David MacKay, save by Jamie Langfield.
Outswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line.
Foul by Rory McArdle on Peter MacDonald, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
Steven Smith crosses the ball, blocked by Daniele Invincibile.
Daniele Invincibile delivers the ball, free kick awarded for a foul by Peter MacDonald on Jamie Langfield. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Jody Morris challenges Ryan Jack unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.
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.
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.
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