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The ball is crossed by Murray Davidson, Austin McCann manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Liam Craig. Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Martin Hardie. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Martin Hardie fouled by Francisco Sandaza, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Liam Craig delivers the ball, David MacKay takes a shot. Clearance by Jason Thomson.
Jody Morris produces a cross.
Frazer Wright fouled by Steven McDougall, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Frazer Wright. Alex Keddie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson. Liam Craig delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
David Graham takes a shot. David McCracken gets a block in.
Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
The ball is delivered by Liam Craig, save by Paul Gallacher.
The ball is swung over by Kevin Moon.
The ball is crossed by Jody Morris, Jason Thomson makes a clearance.
Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
Liam Craig takes a corner.
David McCracken challenges David Graham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Austin McCann crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, save made by Peter Enckelman.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with David Robertson coming on for Marcus Haber.
Martin Hardie receives a yellow card. Martin Hardie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig. Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
(Dunfermline) makes a substitution, with David Graham coming on for Andy Kirk. Joe Cardle leaves the field to be replaced by Steven McDougall.
John Potter sent from the field by the ref for professional foul. John Potter gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Francisco Sandaza. A save by Paul Gallacher from penalty by Liam Craig. St Johnstone 0-1 Dunfermline.Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Liam Craig.
Joe Cardle takes a shot. Blocked by Murray Davidson. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Cardle, David McCracken makes a clearance. Corner taken by Joe Cardle, Martin Hardie has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Kirk on Marcus Haber. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Francisco Sandaza on for Cillian Sheridan.
Unfair challenge on Marcus Haber by Austin McCann results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.
Marcus Haber is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Kevin Moon produces a cross, save made by Paul Gallacher.
Unfair challenge on Andy Kirk by David McCracken results in a free kick. Austin McCann restarts play with the free kick.
Booking for Murray Davidson. Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Kirk. Austin McCann takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Liam Craig, Murray Davidson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Martin Hardie challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
The referee books Andy Dowie for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Carl Finnigan by Andy Dowie results in a free kick. Liam Craig takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, Andy Dowie makes a clearance.
Andy Kirk is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Frazer Wright takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cillian Sheridan on Alex Keddie. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Foul by Kevin Moon on Martin Hardie, free kick awarded. Joe Cardle restarts play with the free kick.
Andy Kirk finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Dunfermline.Short corner taken by Joe Cardle from the right by-line, assist on the goal came from Jason Thomson.
Joe Cardle fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Carl Finnigan misses to the right of the goal.
The referee blows for offside against Andy Kirk. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is delivered by Marcus Haber, Paul Gallacher makes a comfortable save.
Andy Dowie fouled by Carl Finnigan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
The ball is crossed by Austin McCann, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Andy Kirk is caught offside. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Marcus Haber. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Centre by David MacKay, clearance by Joe Cardle.
Liam Craig crosses the ball, save made by Paul Gallacher.
The ball is delivered by David MacKay, blocked by Gary Mason. David MacKay challenges Joe Cardle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Andy Kirk challenges Jody Morris unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.
Marcus Haber takes a shot. Austin McCann gets a block in. Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line.
The ball is swung over by Martin Hardie, David McCracken makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by David MacKay, clearance made by Martin Hardie.
Foul by Gary Mason on Carl Finnigan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig. Carl Finnigan is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Alex Keddie, save by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is sent over by Jason Thomson, clearance made by David McCracken.
Gary Mason fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. John Potter crosses the ball in from the free kick, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Frazer Wright on Martin Hardie. The ball is delivered by Joe Cardle, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Andy Kirk goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on David McCracken by Martin Hardie results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is delivered by David MacKay, save by Paul Gallacher.
Millar blow for Saints
St Johnstone midfielder Chris Millar has been ruled out of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League visit of Dunfermline.
Millar has suffered a groin injury and is out for several weeks.
Francisco Sandaza is in the squad but Sam Parkin is still absent after suffering some irritation as he bids to return from a broken leg.
Sandaza is confident he can surpass his goalscoring achievements at Dundee United after finding the confidence of Saints manager Derek McInnes a welcome boost following an unhappy spell at Brighton.
Sandaza failed to click with Brighton manager Gus Poyet, making just four starts for last season's npower League One champions with a total record of four goals from 19 appearances.
The Spaniard scored 10 goals in his first season with Dundee United before a hernia problem ruined his second and final campaign at Tannadice.
His debut season was not devoid of fitness problems either and Sandaza believes he can make more of an impact at McDiarmid Park as he gets set to make his debut.
"I didn't really enjoy Brighton, I didn't like it and it was a bad time for me," he said.
"It was a season to forget and that's why I came back to Scotland. I know the league and I have the confidence of the coach and I like that."
The 26-year-old added: "My relation with Gus Poyet was not proper. I didn't play a lot and I don't think I deserved that because every time I came in, I scored.
"It's the first coach that I have had a bad relationship with. I don't mind telling everybody because it's true.
"He didn't like me and I didn't like him.
"I like coaches that speak with players and give them confidence in their ability.
"This manager had a chat for 30 minutes with me over the phone and I'm so grateful because he gave me another opportunity to play here in the top division."
Dunfermline defender Kevin Rutkiewicz will miss a return to Perth due to a thigh injury.
Steven Bell (Achilles) and Nicky Phinn (hamstring) remain absent.
Ten-man Dunfermline claim victory
Ten-man Dunfermline held on to a 1-0 lead against St Johnstone to record their first victory since returning to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League this season.
The Pars had defender John Potter sent off after 61 minutes as he conceded a penalty for a trip on home debutant Francisco Sandaza.
But, with keeper Paul Gallacher saving Liam Craig's spot-kick, the Pars had Andy Kirk's first-half strike against the run of play - his third goal in as many games - to thank for their first three points back in the Premier League.
The win means last season's First Division champions remained undefeated for the campaign after draws against St Mirren and Inverness and ensured they were still unbeaten at McDiarmid Park in 16 years on league duty.
St Johnstone's failure to break down their opponents leaves them without a goal or a win since the season restarted.
Fit-again summer signing Sandaza was made to wait for his debut after starting on the bench but he almost inspired a second-half comeback.
But Perth manager Derek McInnes watched as his side's lack of a cutting edge again haunted them.
In a lively opening on a lush green surface, St Johnstone had the ball in the net in the ninth minute when Carl Finnigan deflected Craig's free-kick into the net.
But the former Falkirk man was booked for using a hand as referee George Salmond spotted the infringement.
The disallowed goal buoyed the home side, who continued well on top, and Gallacher had to react smartly to to keep out David McCracken's close-range header from Craig's inswinging corner.
Sheridan then screwed his shot on the turn wide from the apex of the six-yard box after Dave Mackay's throw-in had been touched on by Marcus Haber.
And the home side were then left to rue not earning the breakthrough when they were on top as they fell behind to their visitors on the half-hour mark.
A well-worked short corner was shuttled to Jason Thomson in acres of space on the edge of the box and his low shot was touched into the net by Northern Ireland international Kirk from six yards out for a goal well against the run of play.
Saints midfielder Craig, playing at left-back in the absence of Callum Davidson, was again the source of the home side's attacking play seconds after the restart but Murray Davidson's looping header dropped the wrong side of the crossbar.
With both sides struggling to find a route to goal, Dunfermline came close to a second goal in the 60th minute when a header from former St Johnstone midfielder Martin Hardie slipped just wide from Joe Cardle's corner.
But Sandaza then brought the match to life with a coruscating run which ended when he was brought down in the box by the trailing leg of Potter, who was red-carded for the foul.
However, with Sandaza asking manager Derek McInnes whether he should take the spot-kick, Craig stepped up and saw his effort blocked by Gallacher low to the keeper's left.
Sandaza again looked a threat in the 71st minute as he found space in the Dunfermline box but his header from a Jody Morris chip was held on his line by Gallacher.
The Pars rearguard was now hard-pressed as, with their extra man, Saints held the upper hand on possession.
However, they continued to hold firm and would have been relieved to see home substitute David Robertson flick his header from Craig's corner just too high from his near-post position.
With nine minutes left, Gallacher again proved an immovable last line of Dunfermline's defence as he held Davidson's net-bound header.
And Saints' chances of salvaging anything from the match slipped away as Craig drove a late free-kick too high.
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