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The referee signals the end of the game.
Free kick taken by Gary Miller.
Paul Cairney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Miller.
Michael Nelson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Anderson.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Cairney.
Ryan McGivern restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Millar is penalised for a handball.
Corner taken by Stevie May from the left by-line.
Gary Miller sends in a cross.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Croft.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Lee Croft coming on for David Wotherspoon.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Handling by Chris Millar.
Michael Nelson restarts play with the free kick.
Lewis Stevenson replaces Sam Stanton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Stanton by Gary Miller.
Danny Handling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary McDonald.
Steven MacLean concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Stanton.
Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the right by-line.
Stevie May takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is swung over by David Wotherspoon.
Chris Millar on for James Dunne.
Paul Cairney is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Thomson.
Corner taken by David Wotherspoon.
David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Michael Nelson gets a block in.
James Dunne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Stanton.
Michael Nelson manages to make a clearance.
Stevie May takes a shot. Sean Murdoch parries the effort to safety.
David Mackay takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Sean Murdoch parries the effort to safety.
Michael Nelson makes a clearance.
Jordon Forster concedes a free kick for a foul on Stevie May.
Tom Taiwo leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Handling.
Michael O'Halloran has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
Paul Heffernan is caught offside.
Free kick taken by Steven Anderson.
Unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Liam Craig results in a free kick.
Steven Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Haynes is shown a red card.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Haynes on David Wotherspoon.
The ball is swung over by Ryan McGivern.
Stevie May heads at goal. Sean Murdoch parries the effort to safety.
David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Sean Murdoch catches the ball.
Foul by Ryan McGivern on David Wotherspoon, free kick awarded.
Corner from the right by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.
Sean Murdoch restarts play with the free kick.
David Wotherspoon concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Craig.
David Mackay crosses the ball.
The referee gets the second half started.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The ball is delivered by David Mackay.
The ball is crossed by Stevie May.
Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Haynes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frazer Wright.
David Wotherspoon produces a cross.
Corner taken by Liam Craig.
Clearance made by Steven Anderson.
Michael Nelson takes the free kick.
David Mackay challenges Jordon Forster unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Shot by Steven MacLean cleared the net.
Liam Craig takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.
Ryan McGivern takes the free kick.
David Wotherspoon concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan McGivern.
Kevin Thomson is shown a yellow card for dissent.
Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line.
Steven MacLean scores a right footed goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Hibernian.
The ball is sent over by Ryan McGivern.
Shot by Tom Taiwo went harmlessly over the bar.
Shot by Danny Haynes went wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.
Steven Anderson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Danny Haynes challenges James Dunne unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven MacLean on Liam Craig.
Clearance made by Frazer Wright.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Craig.
Free kick crossed by Ryan McGivern.
Gary Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Heffernan.
The referee gets the game underway.
Wotherspoon says the cup can wait
St Johnstone are focusing all their energies on a top-six finish in the Scottish Premier League before thinking again about cup glory, according to midfielder David Wotherspoon.
The Perth side play Aberdeen in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Ibrox next month, looking to avenge the 4-0 League Cup semi-final defeat by the Dons in January and hoping ultimately to win the first major trophy in the club's history.
However, Wotherspoon, 24, insists clinching a top-half place is at the forefront of the Saints players' minds and they will all but confirm it with victory over his former club Hibernian at McDiarmid Park on Saturday.
The former Scotland Under-21 defender told Press Association Sport: "It is the biggest game of the season and we are working towards getting the three points to secure the top-six place.
"That was the aim at the start of the season, and to do well in the cups.
"Obviously we are doing well so far but we have to keep going.
"We want to get that top-six place sorted and move on to the cup semi-final."
Struggling Hibernian, four points behind St Johnstone and having played a game more, have won once in their last 11 games but Wotherspoon is discounting that poor form.
He said: "We went through a similar spell when we didn't get the results we wanted but I am sure they will pick themselves up.
"It is a massive match and I am sure they will be fired up for it.
"But they will have to be on their A-game because we are confident at home.
"Obviously we didn't do well against Ross County at the weekend but we will put that aside and go on to this one."
Frazer Wright returns to the St Johnstone squad. The former Kilmarnock central defender has recovered from an ankle knock and has trained all week.
Left-backs Tam Scobbie (ankle) and Brian Easton (hamstring) are still out, along with midfielder Murray Davidson who remains on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Boss Terry Butcher has no fresh injury worries for Hibernian but will carry out his promise to make changes following last week's defeat at Partick Thistle.
Midfielders Scott Robertson (knee) and Owain Tudur Jones (hamstring) remain out of the picture heading into Saturday's game, although the latter is back training again.
Defender James McPake continues on his road back to fitness following back surgery but is nowhere near playing.
Michael Nelson is hoping to ask questions of Hibernian's top-six rivals by bouncing back to form at McDiarmid Park.
The Perth club are four points ahead of seventh-placed Hibs with a game in hand, and a home win would consign the struggling Easter Road side, who have won only one of their last 11 matches, to a bottom-half finish.
However, Hibees defender Nelson is looking to put pressure on Tommy Wright's men, who lost at home to Ross County last week, by recording their second victory of the season in Perth following their 2-1 win last September.
"Everyone is aware of the importance of the game," he said.
"But if we do put in a performance and get a win then it puts a little bit of pressure on St Johnstone, especially after they lost last week to Ross County.
"The situation would still be very much in their hands. But all we can do is affect this game, so we have to make sure that's what we do and see how they react to it.
"It's good that we have good memories from the last time we were up there. Hopefully, that victory we had will give the boys something positive to take to McDiarmid Park.
"That's what all the lads are focusing on. Trying to be as positive as we can and taking it into the game."
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