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  • Date:25 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:3,732
  • Davidson (32) Davidson (34)
    Croft (77)
  • Burns (72)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92mins

Cillian Sheridan has an effort at goal from the just inside the penalty box hitting the post.

91mins

James Keatings has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

90mins

Centre by Chris Smith.

89mins

Ryan Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Millar. Indirect free kick taken by Frazer Wright.

88mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Keatings by Joe Cardle. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.

87mins

(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with James Keatings coming on for Lee Croft.

86mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cillian Sheridan by Gary Mason. Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

85mins

Effort on goal by Joe Cardle from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

84mins

Paul Willis sends in a cross.

83mins

Martin Hardie is ruled offside. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

82mins

The ball is swung over by Paul Burns.

78mins

Goal scored by Lee Croft from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 3-1 Dunfermline.The assist for the goal came from Murray Davidson.

78mins

Liam Craig takes a shot. Save by Chris Smith.

76mins

Francisco Sandaza goes off and Marcus Haber comes on.

75mins

Francisco Sandaza has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

74mins

Joe Cardle sends in a cross, Callum Davidson makes a clearance.

73mins

Paul Burns gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 2-1 Dunfermline.

73mins

A cross is delivered by Joe Cardle, clearance made by Frazer Wright.

71mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Cardle. Inswinging corner taken by Joe Cardle, save by Alan Mannus.

69mins

Lee Croft takes a shot.

69mins

Ryan Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Callum Davidson. Alan Mannus takes the indirect free kick.

68mins

Joe Cardle crosses the ball.

67mins

David McCracken concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Hardie. Austin McCann takes the free kick. Centre by Paul Willis.

66mins

Austin McCann takes a shot. Corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle.

63mins

Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Chris Smith.

62mins

The ball is swung over by Francisco Sandaza.

61mins

Joe Cardle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.

60mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by David McCracken on Martin Hardie. Indirect free kick taken by Austin McCann.

60mins

Paul Burns concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Craig. Free kick taken by Frazer Wright.

59mins

Callum Davidson crosses the ball.

58mins

Unfair challenge on Paul Burns by Chris Millar results in a free kick. Andy Dowie restarts play with the free kick.

55mins

Andy Kirk joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Buchanan.

54mins

Paul Willis produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

52mins

Murray Davidson takes a shot. Clearance by Alex Keddie.

50mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Hardie on Murray Davidson. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.

49mins

Cillian Sheridan sends in a cross, save by Chris Smith.

47mins

The offside flag is raised against Cillian Sheridan. Andy Dowie restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Patrick Boyle leaves the field to be replaced by Paul Willis.

44mins

Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Ryan Thomson results in a free kick. Liam Craig takes the indirect free kick.

43mins

David MacKay has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

42mins

The ball is delivered by Joe Cardle, save by Alan Mannus.

37mins

Paul Burns on for David Graham.

35mins

Centre by Callum Davidson. Callum Davidson fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 2-0 Dunfermline.The assist for the goal came from Francisco Sandaza.

33mins

Murray Davidson fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Dunfermline.Assist on the goal came from Francisco Sandaza.

33mins

Foul by Martin Hardie on Chris Millar, free kick awarded. Chris Millar takes the free kick.

32mins

Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save made by Chris Smith.

31mins

Lee Croft takes a shot. Save made by Chris Smith.

28mins

Liam Craig challenges Martin Hardie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andy Dowie, Alan Mannus makes a save.

25mins

Austin McCann concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Sandaza. Liam Craig takes the indirect free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Lee Croft from the left by-line, save by Chris Smith.

20mins

Austin McCann concedes a free kick for a foul on Frazer Wright. Alan Mannus takes the indirect free kick.

17mins

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Craig. David McCracken takes a shot. Patrick Boyle gets a block in.

16mins

David Graham delivers the ball, David MacKay makes a clearance.

15mins

Lee Croft takes a shot. Chris Smith makes a save.

13mins

(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Chris Millar coming on for Jody Morris.

12mins

The ball is sent over by Andy Dowie, clearance made by David McCracken.

11mins

The ball is crossed by David MacKay, Alex Keddie makes a clearance.

10mins

Frazer Wright takes a shot.

5mins

Jody Morris takes a shot. Corner taken by Lee Croft, Headed effort on goal by Murray Davidson from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the goal.

4mins

Francisco Sandaza fouled by Austin McCann, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jody Morris. Centre by Lee Croft.

Match Preview

Anderson absent for Saints St Johnstone defender Steven Anderson will miss the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dunfermline at McDiarmid Park with a medial ligament injury. Michael Hart goes into the squad after signing until the end of the season. The 32-year-old former Hibernian player, who has also played for Aberdeen and Preston, was a free agent after leaving Easter Road before the end of the January transfer window. Boss Steve Lomas expects to see the more attacking side to Dunfermline. The Northern Irishman was at Celtic Park on Wednesday to see the Clydesdale Bank Premier League bottom club stick 10 men behind the ball for most of the game before leaving with a 2-0 defeat. The Pars continue their battle with Hibernian for SPL survival but Lomas, whose side are still awaiting their first home SPL win this year, believes they will approach the match in Perth differently. "Jim McIntyre (Dunfermline manager) was totally right, he couldn't play open football against Celtic especially when goal difference could be so important," he said. "But I think that they will feel that 'St Johnstone are great away from home and not so great at home, so let's get at them'. "They need to start winning and putting pressure on Hibs. "We have to guard against expectation. People might think we just have to turn up and turn Dunfermline over, it won't happen like that. "Jim's players gave everything they could against Celtic and all credit to them. "They are still fighting for their manager, they are all together and so we won't underestimate them. "It will be a tough game, it is coming to the business end of the season and it's all about getting results. "I was really happy at getting a clean sheet against Aberdeen last week. "I said to the players that we can't score two or three goals every game to win games. "If we keep clean sheets we have very chance to win games." McIntyre faces being without Kevin Rutkiewicz after the former Saints defender injured his ankle in Wednesday night's 2-0 defeat to Celtic. He was replaced by club captain Austin McCann, who made his first appearance in three months following a back problem. Full-back Jordan McMillan (ankle) and striker Andy Kirk (hamstring) could return but the Pars will still be without Mark Kerr (ankle), Iain Turner (back), Steven Bell (knee), Nick Phinn (hamstring) and Andrew Barrowman (calf). McIntyre said: "Saturday is a game where we have to go there with confidence. We have been there and won this season before. "But St Johnstone are obviously doing very well and we know that it will be a tough game."

Formation:442Manager: Steve Lomas

St Johnstone

Formation: 451Manager: Jim McIntyre

Dunfermline

  • Alan Mannus
  • David MacKay
  • Frazer Wright
  • David McCracken
  • Callum Davidson
  • Lee Croft
  • Murray Davidson
  • Jody Morris
  • Liam Craig
  • Cillian Sheridan
  • Francisco Sandaza
  • SUBS
  • Peter Enckelman
  • Chris Millar
  • Alan Maybury
  • Marcus Haber
  • Kudus Oyenuga
  • James Keatings
  • Keiran Stewart

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Match Report

Saints march on St Johnstone maintained their push for a European place with a comfortable 3-1 win over Dunfermline in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. Goals from Murray Davidson and Callum Davidson put Steve Lomas' side in complete control after a one-sided first half. Pars substitute Paul Burns halved the deficit on a rare attack but Lee Croft killed off the game with a fine third. St Johnstone are fourth behind Motherwell, while relegation-threatened Dunfermline sit three points behind Hibernian at the bottom having played a game more. McDiarmid Park boss Lomas made just one change to his line-up from the 0-0 draw with Aberdeen last weekend. Croft returned to the right side of midfield as Chris Millar was left on the bench. Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre made three changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Celtic in midweek. Austin McCann, Gary Mason and Martin Hardie were all restored to the side, with Burns and Kyle Hutton dropping to the bench. Kevin Rutkiewicz missed out completely. St Johnstone were out to end a poor run of home form, having suffered three successive defeats in Perth. Dunfermline, with only one win since November 5, were looking to put pressure on relegation rivals Hibs. The home side hogged possession from the start and Dunfermline were pinned back in their own half. Francisco Sandaza was looking lively and several dangerous crosses were fired in, but Dunfermline held firm. St Johnstone were dealt a blow in the 15th minute when Jody Morris limped off, with Millar replacing him. Dunfermline goalkeeper Chris Smith has been heavily criticised this season but pulled off a superb double save as first he dived to his right to keep out Croft's drive and then somehow clawed Sandaza's rebound effort off the line. St Johnstone kept pressing and Frazer Wright's goalbound header was blocked by Paddy Boyle. It was one-way traffic and St Johnstone were inches away from taking the lead in the 26th minute. Liam Craig's inswinging free-kick missed everyone and smashed off the post, before Dunfermline scrambled clear. Sandaza's movement was exceptional and a lovely flick released Croft, but his low shot was gathered by Smith. Murray Davidson was next to try his luck with a turn and low drive in the 32nd minute but again Smith saved well. However, that only postponed the inevitable as St Johnstone finally broke the deadlock 60 seconds later. Croft's chip was headed into the box by Millar and Murray Davidson swept home after good work from Sandaza. In St Johnstone's next attack, it was 2-0. Sandaza found space in the box and fed Callum Davidson with a sublime disguised pass. The full-back raced clear on goal and made no mistake from eight yards with a fine low finish. Dunfermline boss McIntyre made another change at the break, with Paul Willis replacing Boyle. However, that did nothing to alter the flow of the game and the Pars manager threw on Andy Kirk for Liam Buchanan in the 55th minute. Still St Johnstone dominated. Sandaza was leading the line superbly and teed up Murray Davidson for a shot that was blocked. The Spaniard then burst through himself on the hour-mark, twisting and turning before shooting narrowly wide. Dunfermline at last applied some pressure on the St Johnstone defence but David McCracken made a brave block from Andy Dowie's drive. Croft smashed a rising drive off the upright in the 69th minute as St Johnstone chased a third but it was Dunfermline who grabbed an unexpected lifeline in the 73rd minute when Burns' curling shot came through a sea of bodies and nestled in the corner. However, St Johnstone regrouped and almost added a third when Craig's shot flew across the face of goal. Craig was handed a second chance moments later and forced Smith into a brave save. But St Johnstone would not be denied for long and Croft made it 3-1 in the 78th minute with a precise finish from 12 yards after some great skill. Cillian Sheridan then hit the post in injury time as St Johnstone cruised to victory.

Form Guide

    WLWLLD
  • St Johnstone
  • VS
  • Dunfermline
  • LLDLDL

Last Meetings

  • Dunfermline
  • 0 - 3
  • St Johnstone
  • 24/12/2011
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 1
  • Dunfermline
  • 13/08/2011
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 1
  • Dunfermline
  • 12/01/2002
  • Dunfermline
  • 2 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 27/10/2001
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 2
  • Dunfermline
  • 04/08/2001
  • Dunfermline
  • 0 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 20/05/2001

Top Scorers

St Johnstone

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

Dunfermline

  • A Kirk 8
  • J Cardle 6
  • L Buchanan 3
  • A Barrowman 3
  • R Thomson 2
  • M Hardie 1
  • A McCann 1
  • D Graham 1
  • P Burns 1

Goals

St Johnstone

    • Total goals 65
    • Goals per game 33
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (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
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Dunfermline

    • Total goals 61
    • Goals per game 29
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 9 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 9 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 10 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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