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Nigel Hasselbaink concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Duberry. Grant Gillespie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathon Routledge. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.
Douglas Imrie crosses the ball.
Peter MacDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
Daniele Invincibile concedes a free kick for a foul on Douglas Imrie. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Chambers from left wing, David MacKay makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Steven Anderson takes the indirect free kick. Peter MacDonald fouled by Jonathon Routledge, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Millar, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Douglas Imrie. Douglas Imrie goes into the book. (St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Stephen Reynolds coming on for Jamie Adams. Chris Millar takes the free kick.
James Chambers replaces Ali Crawford.
Steve May on for Andrew Jackson.
Daniele Invincibile on for Alan Maybury.
Corner taken right-footed by David MacKay, Douglas Imrie manages to make a clearance.
Peter MacDonald takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny.
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Steven Anderson gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line.
Chris Millar crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Alex Neil. Alex Neil restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on David MacKay by Douglas Imrie results in a free kick. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Douglas Imrie goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Shot from 18 yards from Chris Millar. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
Nigel Hasselbaink has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Penalty awarded for a foul by Alex Neil on Peter MacDonald. A save by Tomas Cerny from penalty by Liam Craig. St Johnstone 1-0 Hamilton.Effort on goal by Andrew Jackson from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Alex Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter MacDonald. Michael Duberry restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Craig delivers the ball, clearance made by Jonathon Routledge.
Chris Millar has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Jackson. Free kick taken by Alex Neil.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Elebert on Murray Davidson. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Jamie Adams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink. Ali Crawford crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Murray Davidson.
The official flags Douglas Imrie offside. Peter Enckelman takes the indirect free kick.
Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ali Crawford. James McAlister takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by James McAlister. Free kick taken by Steven Anderson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line.
David Buchanan goes off and David Elebert comes on.
Michael Duberry produces a cross.
The ball is swung over by Chris Millar, clearance made by Simon Mensing.
Penalty awarded for a foul by Mark McLaughlin on Andrew Jackson. Mark McLaughlin is sent off by the referee for professional foul. Placed penalty scored by Liam Craig. St Johnstone 1-0 Hamilton.
Inswinging corner taken by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line to the near post, Murray Davidson makes a clearance.
Liam Craig takes the outswinging corner, Simon Mensing makes a clearance.
Headed effort from inside the area by James McAlister misses to the left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Douglas Imrie, clearance by Michael Duberry.
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, Jamie Adams takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig.
David MacKay sends in a cross, Mark McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.
Shot from close range by Peter MacDonald clears the bar.
The ball is swung over by Alan Maybury, comfortable save by Tomas Cerny.
Centre by Chris Millar.
Liam Craig takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Peter MacDonald, Tomas Cerny makes a comfortable save.
Jonathon Routledge takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
Nigel Hasselbaink is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line played to the near post.
Grainger could face Accies
Danny Grainger could be available for St Johnstone's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Hamilton at McDiarmid Park.
Grainger missed the win over Aberdeen at the weekend with a groin injury but will be assessed today.
Midfielder Murray Davidson was taken off against the Dons with a hip injury and is a doubt.
Manager Derek McInnes has confirmed he has spoken to Brentford but refused to discuss a possible move to the npower League One side.
The west London club parted company with manager Andy Scott in February, with striker Nicky Forster taking charge on a caretaker basis.
Although Saints chairman Geoff Brown does not believe it is the right move for the former Rangers and Dundee United midfielder, Brentford are set to offer the appropriate compensation to get their man.
"I can confirm that I have spoken to Brentford," McInnes told Press Association Sport.
"But that's all I am going to say about the matter at the moment."
McInnes, 39, has been in charge at McDiarmid Park since 2007 and has been linked in the past with vacant managerial posts at Watford and former club West Brom.
Brentford finished 11th in npower League One this season but the Saints boss would have a far bigger budget to work with than at McDiarmid Park should he make the move.
McInnes is preparing for St Johnstone's final two Clydesdale Bank Premier League games against Hamilton on Tuesday night and St Mirren on Saturday but with Brentford's bid now in the public domain, he may have to make a decision this week.
Midfielder Jon Routledge could feature for Hamilton after returning to training following a knee injury.
Skipper Alex Neil is definitely back after serving a one-match suspension during Saturday's win over Hibernian.
Defender Martin Canning remains on the sidelines with a stomach injury.
Goalkeeper Tomas Cerny claims enjoyment has been the key to the revival that has raised hopes of a dramatic escape from relegation.
Hamilton were 12 points adrift going into the final weekend before the Clydesdale Bank Premier League split, but are now just three behind St Mirren ahead of their penultimate game at St Johnstone tomorrow night.
Accies have won three out of four matches, including their first home win of the SPL campaign, against Hibernian on Saturday.
Hamilton manager Billy Reid has stressed the importance of the return to fitness of captain Alex Neil, but Cerny believes a shift in attitude has also been pivotal.
Cerny said: "I think it got to the point where we just thought `okay, we've got six games to go, let's go and enjoy the football and enjoy every game'.
"It has worked really well for us so I would like to take the same approach into the next two games, just enjoy the football and try to get good results."
St Mirren's mindset has gone in the opposite direction, with manager Danny Lennon claiming they were hindered by fear during their 1-0 defeat at Inverness on Saturday.
Cerny said: "I can imagine it must be difficult because at some point they must have thought they were safe and could enjoy the rest of the season but our recent run has put them under pressure again.
"We just need to keep the same approach, go to the next game, try to enjoy it as we did in recent games."
Hamilton are sent down
Hamilton saw their hopes of an unlikely escape from relegation disappear on a miserable night in Perth as Liam Craig scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot for St Johnstone to end the visitors' three-year stay in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Hamilton had threatened to continue their recent revival with a bright start but all hope was extinguished when Mark McLaughlin was sent off for bringing down Andy Jackson.
Craig slotted home the resulting penalty in the 29th minute and Hamilton's spirit could not make up for their numerical disadvantage.
Tomas Cerny later saved Craig's second penalty of the night - the 15th Accies have conceded this season - but their relegation was confirmed by St Mirren's 1-0 win at Aberdeen.
Hamilton had taken 10 points from their previous four games to cut their deficit on St Mirren from 12 points to three and they threatened to continue their upturn in fortunes in the opening stages.
Nigel Hasselbaink slotted home within a minute of kick-off but was flagged offside after Simon Mensing delayed his pass with Hamilton outnumbering the home defence.
The visitors soon had another great chance when Dougie Imrie crossed for Jon Routledge, but Peter Enckelman dived to save the on-loan Wigan player's header from 10 yards.
Saints, on the back of away wins over Hibernian and Aberdeen, soon settled and Craig twice found himself in good positions but failed to get enough power on an attempted lob from and then took a heavy touch.
Craig was soon foiled by an excellent covering tackle from David Buchanan following Andy Jackson's cutback, and Peter MacDonald blazed the loose ball over the crossbar.
St Johnstone continued to push and Cerny saved from team-mate Gary McDonald and Jamie Adams as the hosts threatened from two corners.
Accies were soon back on the attack with Enckelman diving to save Hasselbaink's 20-yard shot before Jim McAlister headed wide following Imrie's cross.
But their SPL status suffered a fatal blow when McLaughlin was beaten for pace by Jackson after MacDonald had headed on a long ball.
The centre-back slid in to bring Jackson down with referee Steve Conroy awarding a penalty and showing a red card, the seventh of Hamilton's SPL campaign.
McLaughlin pointed at the referee's assistant as he complained about the outcome, apparently claiming the offence occurred just outside the box. But McLaughlin was trudging down the tunnel when Craig sent Cerny the wrong way from the spot.
Alex Neil dropped back into central defence before manager Billy Reid brought on David Elebert for David Buchanan, to a chorus of boos from the travelling fans, and switched to a 3-4-2 formation.
Although Hamilton went on to enjoy their fair share of possession, they could not get in behind the Saints defence.
Reid again changed formations to a 4-4-1 after half-time and Imrie and Hasselbaink both caused their opponents problems, but too far out to give Saints serious concerns as Accies struggled to get forward in numbers.
They kept the fight going until the end though, mainly thanks to Cerny.
Accies looked down and out when Mensing brought down MacDonald after the forward had skipped round him in the left channel, but Cerny dived to his right to palm away Craig's 58th-minute spot-kick.
Chris Millar squandered two good shooting chances to put the game beyond Hamilton but there was no way back.
Reid, his suit soaked by a heavy downpour, showed his frustration by kicking out at an object in front of his dugout after Imrie had been penalised for a foul.
Conroy spoke to the Hamilton boss to calm him down but then riled him further by ignoring a blatant push by Michael Duberry on Imrie on the byline.
Reid's misery was compounded by news of St Mirren taking the lead at Pittodrie.
Hamilton kept going forward but, when they did work themselves into a decent position, Ali Crawford shot across the face of goal and substitute James Chambers sent a weak 30-yard free-kick wide.
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