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Shane Sutherland concedes a free kick for a foul on Collin Samuel. Liam Craig takes the free kick.
Michael Duberry challenges Ross Tokely unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Duff.
Shane Sutherland takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Duff by Chris Millar. Grant Munro restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Collin Samuel from close range high into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Grainger, Liam Craig takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Innes.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Duff, save by Peter Enckelman.
Stuart Duff takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
David MacKay sends in a cross, blocked by Chris Innes.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Adam Rooney. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Graeme Shinnie on Collin Samuel. The ball is delivered by Liam Craig, Sam Parkin takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ryan Esson.
Eric Odhiambo fouled by Michael Duberry, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Duff takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Sam Parkin from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Alan Maybury on Eric Odhiambo, free kick awarded. Grant Munro takes the direct free kick.
Collin Samuel takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
Nick Ross takes a shot. Alan Maybury gets a block in.
Collin Samuel comes on in place of Peter MacDonald.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Stuart Duff, clearance by David MacKay.
Shane Sutherland replaces Lee Cox.
David MacKay challenges Stuart Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Grant Munro restarts play with the free kick.
Daniel Grainger produces a left-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
Eric Odhiambo concedes a free kick for a foul on Jody Morris. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.
David MacKay takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Esson.
The referee blows for offside against Adam Rooney. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Ross Tokely fouled by Sam Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Grant Munro.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Alan Maybury coming on for Steven Anderson. Ross Tokely fouled by Sam Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Centre by Daniel Grainger.
Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Grant Munro makes a clearance.
Liam Craig delivers the ball, blocked by Nick Ross.
Murray Davidson replaces Cleveland Taylor.
The ball is crossed by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Nick Ross.
Adam Rooney challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
Shot by Peter MacDonald from outside the box goes high over the target.
Eric Odhiambo takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Stuart Duff, Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Ross Tokely results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Richie Foran takes a shot. Blocked by David MacKay.
Centre by Richie Foran, blocked by David MacKay.
The referee blows for offside against Sam Parkin. Grant Munro takes the free kick.
Daniel Grainger takes a outswinging corner.
A cross is delivered by Richie Foran, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Nick Ross.
Lee Cox concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Grainger. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Duff, Liam Craig manages to make a clearance.
Chris Innes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Chris Innes.
Richie Foran joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gil Blumenshtein.
The ball is crossed by Chris Millar, blocked by Graeme Shinnie.
The ball is crossed by Graeme Shinnie, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Parkin on Grant Munro. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
Ross Tokely challenges Peter MacDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cleveland Taylor sends in a cross, Peter MacDonald takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.
The ball is crossed by Ross Tokely, clearance made by David MacKay.
A cross is delivered by Ross Tokely, clearance by David MacKay.
Sam Parkin crosses the ball, blocked by Adam Rooney.
Sam Parkin challenges Grant Munro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Grant Munro.
Foul by Peter MacDonald on Chris Innes, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Grant Munro.
Grant Munro concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Parkin. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Foul by Cleveland Taylor on Stuart Duff, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Duff.
Cleveland Taylor produces a cross, save made by Ryan Esson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Rooney on Steven Anderson. Steven Anderson takes the free kick.
Daniel Grainger produces a left-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
Centre by Liam Craig, Stuart Duff makes a clearance.
Centre by Chris Millar.
Inswinging corner taken by Cleveland Taylor from the left by-line, save by Ryan Esson.
Grant Munro challenges Peter MacDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Ross Tokely.
Sam Parkin has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Foul by Stuart Duff on Peter MacDonald, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Daniel Grainger takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Lee Cox makes a clearance.
Cleveland Taylor sends in a cross, Chris Innes makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Stuart Duff, Effort from inside the area by Grant Munro misses to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Stuart Duff, clearance by David MacKay.
Adam Rooney takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Centre by Peter MacDonald, clearance by Chris Innes.
Cleveland Taylor sends in a cross, Sam Parkin takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ryan Esson.
A cross is delivered by Cleveland Taylor.
Peter MacDonald challenges Ross Tokely unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Jody Morris delivers the ball, Cleveland Taylor takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a save.
Chris Innes fouled by Sam Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Peter MacDonald challenges Ross Tokely unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Grant Munro on Sam Parkin, free kick awarded. Cleveland Taylor takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by David MacKay, Effort from inside the area by Liam Craig misses to the left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Adam Rooney, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
The match has kicked off.
The match restarts for the second half.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Morris back to call Saints tune
Jody Morris and Jamie Adams return from suspension for St Johnstone`s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Inverness at McDiarmid Park.
Both players sat out the defeat by Celtic at Parkhead last week but are back in contention for a start against the Highlanders.
Midfielder Murray Davidson, who missed the trip to Parkhead with an ankle knock, has recovered and is back in the squad.
Derek McInnes will ignore the ongoing interest in Inverness Caledonian Thistle's remarkable away form to try to capture St Johnstone's first three points of 2011.
Terry Butcher's men went the whole of 2010 unbeaten on the road in the league and will first-foot the Saints looking to extend a record that dates back to November 2008.
However, St Johnstone boss McInnes, linked with the vacant manager's post at Burnley this week, is less concerned with ending Caley's run than picking up his first win of the new year.
"There will be a lot made of Inverness' away record but I will not be mentioning it to my players in the dressing room before the game," McInnes told Press Association Sport.
"This is not about ending Inverness' away record, this is about getting three points for St Johnstone in what will be our first game at home for seven weeks.
"I have tremendous respect for what Terry Butcher has done at Inverness.
"Plenty of teams tried and failed to beat Inverness away from home last year and they have been very positive since coming up to the SPL.
"They have great spirit in their team and have two or three matchwinners but the big thing is they have retained a team ethic and so they deserve all the plaudits.
"In the game up in Inverness earlier in the season we were disappointed with a 1-1 draw but this time we hope to do everything we can to get all three points."
Jonny Hayes will again miss out for Inverness. The Irish winger has an ankle injury and is expected to be out for most of January.
Kenny Gillet and Kevin McCann are both still recovering from knee injuries but David Proctor could return following a hamstring problem.
Stuart Duff has called for Inverness to concentrate solely on themselves in the second half of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season.
"We've got to get back to what we do best and start picking up points on the road," said Duff.
"Hopefully we can start this year the way we've finished 2010 - bar the last two games.
"We just want to do as much as we can to get back to winning form and the way we should be playing.
"Our standards are so high and we've set them all season. Our only problem has been the home form - we're really disappointed to lose two on the trot.
"We're not going to dwell on it for too long, we're just going to look toward Sunday's game.
"We've got to go to St Johnstone, start picking up points, ignore everything else, every other team in the SPL and I'm sure we'll climb up the table again."
After a successful 2010, Duff hopes Caley Thistle can carry momentum into 2011.
He said: "The boys like having a target and we want to be in the top six.
"We'll try to improve the home form a little bit.
"We've got to have a lot of confidence because we've produced a lot of decent football and it will be no different next year."
For Inverness, the journey to Perth is short in comparison to their trips elsewhere in the SPL.
And Duff, who played alongside Saints boss McInnes at Dundee United, anticipates Caley Thistle's away record will come under threat.
He said: "There are always decent games between ourselves and St Johnstone.
"They've got enough quality in their side. They've been quite inconsistent at certain times this season, but we can't really concentrate on them at all.
"They'll give us a tough game and have a game plan they want to put out against us."
Samuel strikes ends Caley`s run
Inverness finally lost their long unbeaten league away record stretching back more than a year as substitute Collin Samuel fired St Johnstone to a dramatic late 1-0 victory in Perth.
The Highland club had been unbeaten on their travels in the Premier League all season and had last lost away from home in the league as a First Division club on November 28, 2009 to Partick.
St Johnstone had previously managed a meagre haul of just four goals at McDiarmid Park all season in the top flight and it looked as if Inverness would hold out for a hard-earned goalless draw with goalkeeper Ryan Esson impressing.
With five minutes remaining, however, Samuel, who had already spurned a clear opening to score, netted from close range after a Dave Mackay effort had been hacked off the line.
Jody Morris was restored to the St Johnstone midfield after suspension as the Perth club were finally able to return football to McDiarmid Park after the recent bad weather.
St Johnstone last played at home on November 13 and even today's fixture required a 9.30am inspection of the stadium footprint before police permission was granted to play.
Inverness, on the back of two home defeats but unbeaten away in the league all season, were without the injured Jonny Hayes (ankle), while Ritchie Foran was demoted to the bench.
That meant a rare chance to impress from the start for Israeli attacking midfielder Gil Blumenshtein who has battled with fitness problems for much of this term.
The home team threatened first on six minutes, Mackay's cross from the right missed by Sam Parkin and then diverted wide at close range by Liam Craig.
Morris was driving St Johnstone forward and from his neat pass Cleveland Taylor forced a smart save from Esson with an angled drive.
St Johnstone were starting to impose themselves and Taylor created their next chance, crossing for Parkin whose diving header was well stopped by a diving Esson.
Inverness made their first opening of the game when Adam Rooney's drive was pushed away by Peter Enckelman in the St Johnstone goal with the rebound eluding Eric Odhiambo.
St Johnstone's next effort was an ambitious one on 29 minutes from Danny Grainger, the full-back's long-range strike soaring some distance over Esson's crossbar.
After 41 minutes, Peter MacDonald had the best chance of the opening half, but his low strike was pushed away one-handed by Esson with Parkin unable to bundle in the loose ball.
In first-half injury time, Lee Cox produced a powerful shot from the edge of the area, but defender Steven Anderson was there to block for St Johnstone.
Inverness made a change at the break, introducing the dropped Foran for Blumenshtein who had struggled to make an impact on his first Premier League start.
Cox collected the game's first booking for upending Grainger on the left flank on 49 minutes as he attempted to burst onto Taylor's through pass.
Inverness almost claimed a goal out of nothing when a floating Nick Ross cross from the right deceived Enckleman in its flight and hit the top of the crossbar.
Substitute Foran's battling qualities set up a shooting chance for Odhiambo, but Enckelman was equal to his fierce effort on the turn.
St Johnstone were still applying pressure and could have gone ahead on 71 minutes when Chris Millar's cross found Mackay unmarked at the far post only for Esson to save smartly.
Grainger was getting forward well on the left, but when a chance presented itself to score he snatched at it badly, firing over from a narrow angle.
Grant Munro was fortunate to avoid punishment for a woeful backpass seized on by substitute Samuel only for Esson to save again.
St Johnstone had a penalty claim rejected on 83 minutes when, from a Mackay cross, Munro appeared to handle as he landed on the ball, but nothing was given.
The home team finally broke the deadlock in the 85th minute when a Mackay shot was cleared off the line by Munro only for Samuel to make amends for his earlier miss by blasting home the rebound.
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