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Darryl Duffy goes into the book. Daniel Grainger fouled by Darryl Duffy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Murray Davidson is given a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Lewis Stevenson. Lewis Stevenson takes the direct free kick.
Akpo Sodje challenges Daniel Grainger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
Steve May comes on in place of Jamie Adams. Shot from just outside the box by Andrew Jackson misses to the right of the target.
The ball is delivered by Murray Davidson, save made by Mark Brown.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Gartland on Francis Dickoh. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
David Wotherspoon finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-1 Hibernian.Graham Gartland is booked. Darryl Duffy takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Anderson. The assist for the goal came from Darryl Duffy. Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, Francis Dickoh manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Akpo Sodje.
Peter MacDonald is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Brown.
The ball is swung over by Ricardo Vaz Te.
Unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Andrew Jackson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
The ball is swung over by David Wotherspoon, save by Peter Enckelman.
(Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Lewis Stevenson coming on for Callum Booth. Darryl Duffy replaces Matt Thornhill.
The offside flag is raised against Peter MacDonald. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Effort from inside the area by Jamie Adams misses to the left of the target.
Graham Gartland fouled by Akpo Sodje, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick. Shot from close range by Andrew Jackson misses to the right of the target.
Callum Booth produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Vaz Te by Andrew Jackson. Richie Towell takes the free kick.
Ian Murray produces a cross, Liam Craig manages to make a clearance.
Andrew Jackson comes on in place of Collin Samuel. The assistant referee signals for offside against Collin Samuel. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Akpo Sodje on Liam Craig. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Richie Towell takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Akpo Sodje takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
The offside flag is raised against Peter MacDonald. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Callum Booth is booked. Daniele Invincibile fouled by Callum Booth, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Craig has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Effort from 35 yards by Ricardo Vaz Te missed to the right of the target.
Peter MacDonald is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mark Brown. Handball decision goes against Collin Samuel. Richie Towell takes the direct free kick. Steven Anderson fouled by Akpo Sodje, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Ricardo Vaz Te sends in a cross, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Corner taken by David Wotherspoon. Callum Booth takes a shot. Daniel Grainger gets a block in. Corner taken by David Wotherspoon.
The ball is sent over by Ricardo Vaz Te, clearance by Graham Gartland.
Shot from just outside the box by Peter MacDonald misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Peter MacDonald, David Wotherspoon makes a clearance.
Richie Towell puts the ball into his own goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Hibernian.Assist by Peter MacDonald.
Ricardo Vaz Te replaces Derek Riordan.
Jamie Adams concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Palsson. Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniele Invincibile on Richie Towell. Derek Riordan takes the free kick.
Booking for Jamie Adams for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Jamie Adams on Victor Palsson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
A cross is delivered by Graham Gartland.
Unfair challenge on Callum Booth by Daniele Invincibile results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Murray Davidson has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The offside flag is raised against Collin Samuel. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Collin Samuel takes a shot. Save made by Mark Brown.
David MacKay has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Peter MacDonald fouled by Ian Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Peter MacDonald.
A cross is delivered by Daniel Grainger. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger.
A cross is delivered by David MacKay, Francis Dickoh makes a clearance. Daniel Grainger takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post. Floated corner taken by Daniel Grainger.
Daniel Grainger delivers the ball.
Derek Riordan is ruled offside. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Daniel Grainger, save made by Mark Brown.
The ball is crossed by Matt Thornhill, blocked by Liam Craig. Corner taken left-footed by Callum Booth, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
A cross is delivered by David MacKay.
Richie Towell crosses the ball, clearance by Jamie Adams.
Foul by Collin Samuel on Paul Hanlon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
Peter MacDonald is caught offside. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.
Akpo Sodje produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Derek Riordan. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Long distance shot from Liam Craig misses to the left of the goal.
Daniel Grainger takes a outswinging corner.
Daniele Invincibile crosses the ball, clearance by Richie Towell.
Daniele Invincibile produces a cross.
Victor Palsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
David MacKay crosses the ball, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
The official flags Collin Samuel offside. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Victor Palsson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
A cross is delivered by Callum Booth, Graham Gartland makes a clearance.
McInnes impressed with CC
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes admits he was thrilled to see Colin Calderwood prove his doubters wrong as he prepares to go head to head with the Hibernian boss.
Calderwood endured a difficult start to his reign at Easter Road and a poor run of results even saw the Edinburgh club tipped for relegation at one stage.
But, after a dismal spell of 12 games without a win, Calderwood appears to have transformed the fortunes of the club by securing victory in their last five outings.
Next up is the visit to McDiarmid Park, and Saints boss McInnes had nothing but admiration for the way his fellow manager coped with the pressure of his first weeks at the Hibs helm.
"I think it was important that he was judged over a length of time," he said.
"We are all under the same pressure to try and win games and that wasn't happening for him at first.
"He managed to get four or five players in the transfer window and started to put his own stamp on the team. For me, that's when he can start to be judged.
"Certainly, he has answered a lot of the people who were putting him under that pressure. As a fellow manager, I was delighted to see that happening.
"You want to see people prove people wrong and Colin has certainly turned Hibs' fortunes around over the last few games.
"He has managed to get the support going again and belief into the players.
"The only way you can get that fully is through results and he has managed to get the results on the back of acting in a very calm manner, which I think says a lot for him."
Both clubs are locked on the same points heading into the match, although 10th-placed Saints have a game in hand.
McInnes added: "Hibs are a team in good form and there are not many other teams outside the Old Firm who have managed to win five SPL games on the trot.
"It's a big ask and they have done well lately. We know they are coming here with that added ingredient of confidence and belief, which is always important to any team.
"The fact that they are coming here on such good form makes them more difficult but we plan to be difficult opponents ourselves."
Callum Booth has played down the prospect of promotion to the Scotland senior team following a stellar start to his career with Hibernian.
Booth made his Hibs debut in January's Scottish Cup fourth-round replay loss at Ayr, coming off the bench with 10 minutes remaining.
However, since then he has started all eight league games at left-back and completed the 90 minutes in each appearance.
The 19-year-old was named Young Player of the Month for February and Hibs boss Calderwood - the Manager of the Month - says this is only the beginning for a player he deems to have lots of potential.
Booth, though, is merely hoping he can keep his place in the Scotland Under-21 squad for this month's match with Belgium.
"My main aim is just to play on Saturday," said Booth. "I'm not really thinking about anything else.
"I'm just looking at every game, just one step at a time.
"I'm not thinking about playing for Scotland or anything.
"My aim for Scotland would be just to keep in the under-21 squad for the friendly at the end of this month."
Calderwood handed Booth, who has come through the youth ranks at Hibs, a new long-term contract last December while the youngster was on loan at Brechin before recalling him.
The manager has been rewarded by a string of strong displays, capped by a goal in last Saturday's 2-0 defeat of Inverness, when Booth collected a Derek Riordan throw-in before launching a dipping volley over Caley Thistle goalkeeper Ryan Esson.
The left-back added: "It sat up perfectly for me, I looked up and saw the goal and thought I'd have a go. It was a good moment."
Saints maintain home run
St Johnstone extended their unbeaten home record to eight games in all competitions with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against a revitalised Hibernian.
Derek McInnes' men went into the game unbeaten in six league games at McDiarmid Park but faced a new-look Hibernian side who had five wins in a row.
An own goal by Richie Towell gave the home side the lead early in the second half but David Wotherspoon levelled with 11 minutes to go.
Saints made just one change as club captain Jody Morris dropped out of the squad that secured Saints' sixth clean sheet in row at home in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League in midweek after the former Chelsea man failed a late fitness test on his ongoing back problem.
The home side's defence again included Graham Gartland who played almost his third full match in a row, after being brought on to cover Michael Duberry as the defender suffered a groin injury early in last Sunday's defeat to Rangers.
Hibernian made three changes, being forced into changing their goalkeeper after number one Graham Stack suffered a shoulder injury against Hamilton in midweek.
Liam Miller dropped to the bench, replaced by Ian Murray and Matthew Thornhill started in favour of Martin Scott for the Eater Road men.
St Johnstone had a good opportunity early on as good link-up play at the edge of the area allowed Peter MacDonald to hook the ball over his shoulder for Jamie Adams to run onto, but Mark Brown was quick off his line to snuff out any danger.
After 20 minutes, nice play on the wing by Collin Samuel allowed the time and space to get the ball into the box. His cross eventually fell to Jamie Adams, but the midfielder hastily fresh-aired his shot and the chance was gone.
On the half hour mark solid build-up play gave Daniel Grainger the time and space he needed to whip in a menacing cross from the right, which caused all sorts of problems in the Hibs defence, and it was left to Francis Dickoh to head the ball out for a corner.
In the 38th minute Samuel fired straight at Brown, who blocked well from four yards - with Paul Hanlon smashing clear the rebound.
Hibs brought on Ricardo Vaz Te for his debut at the start of the second half, the Portuguese forward replacing Derek Riordan.
However, they got off to the worst possible start as St Johnstone struck just a minute after the restart.
Richie Towell's hurried clearance under pressure from Adams found its way straight past Brown - and Saints had the lead.
St Johnstone had the bit between their teeth now and good play from ex-Kilmarnock man Danny Invincibile set up Peter MacDonald, whose 22-yard drive flashed inches wide.
At the other end, David Wotherspoon's curling effort from 25 yards, after good team play, was easily handled by Peter Enckelman in the St Johnstone goal.
However, the goalkeeper narrowly escaped embarrassment moments later, after he ran out his box to clear a harmless through-ball. His clearance fell only to Vaz Te who, from all of 45 yards, smashed the ball goalwards with Enckelman beaten, only to see the ball skew just wide.
Moments later, Hibs were lucky not to be 2-0 behind, after another MacDonald effort, this time a half-volley from the 18 yard line, had Brown scrambling low to his left as it squeezed past the post.
This acted as another wake-up call for Hibs who nearly equalised after good link-up play between Vaz Te and Akpo Sodje allowed the latter to curl a low shot goalwards that Enckelman did well to hold.
And they were to have their reward as they drew level on 80 minutes. Callum Booth and Matthew Thornhill were replaced by Lewis Stevenson and Darryl Duffy, and it was Duffy's skewed shot from the edge of the box that found Wotherspoon at the back post to crash the ball in off the crossbar.
Substitute Andy Jackson fired a volley just wide from the edge of the box, his second near miss since coming on for Samuel - but the match ended all-square.
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