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  • Date:15 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:2,909
  • Sandaza (12) MacKay (64)
Goal!

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93:00 +3.00

David Davis delivers the ball.

89:42

The ball is crossed by Murray Davidson, Ross Tokely gets a block in. Jody Morris has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

86:03

Marcus Haber takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a save.

84:19

Corner from the left by-line taken by Graeme Shinnie, Foul by Richie Foran on Frazer Wright, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman. Save made by Peter Enckelman.

83:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Haber on Aidan Chippendale. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.

82:22

Murray Davidson has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

81:49

Richie Foran challenges Chris Millar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.

81:00

William Gibson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Francisco Sandaza.

79:02

A cross is delivered by Shane Sutherland.

76:13

Ross Tokely concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Jody Morris takes the free kick, David MacKay takes a shot. Blocked by David Davis. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Liam Craig, Ross Tokely manages to make a clearance.

75:41

Richie Foran is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David MacKay.

74:50

A cross is delivered by Thomas Piermayr, save by Peter Enckelman.

72:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richie Foran on David MacKay. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick. (Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with William McKay coming on for Andrew Shinnie.

71:40

Jody Morris concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Sutherland. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran by Steven Anderson. Graeme Shinnie restarts play with the free kick.

69:04

Aidan Chippendale takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman. Corner taken by Andrew Shinnie from the right by-line.

68:33

Aidan Chippendale crosses the ball, clearance made by Steven Anderson.

64:18

The ball is crossed by Jody Morris, save by Ryan Esson. David MacKay gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 2-0 Inverness CT.

63:00

David MacKay fouled by Andrew Shinnie, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick. (St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Murray Davidson coming on for Kevin Moon.

62:34

Centre by Marcus Haber, Ross Tokely gets a block in.

61:40

Liam Craig crosses the ball, Kevin Moon produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.

60:06

Unfair challenge on Aidan Chippendale by Chris Millar results in a free kick. Aidan Chippendale restarts play with the free kick.

58:19

Effort on goal by Greg Tansey from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

57:34

Marcus Haber takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a save.

57:16

Aidan Chippendale comes on in place of Nick Ross.

56:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Francisco Sandaza. Ross Tokely restarts play with the free kick.

56:43

Thomas Piermayr sends in a cross.

55:22

Gregory Tade goes off and Shane Sutherland comes on.

52:53

Andrew Shinnie produces a cross.

48:27

Shot from deep inside the area by Francisco Sandaza goes over the bar.

47:37

David MacKay takes a shot. Save by Ryan Esson.

45:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Frazer Wright. Graeme Shinnie takes the direct free kick.

45:44 +0.44

Close range effort by Liam Craig misses to the left of the goal. Outswinging corner taken by Liam Craig.

43:25

Gregory Tade challenges Frazer Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Frazer Wright.

41:48

Liam Craig challenges Greg Tansey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Esson takes the free kick. Liam Craig shown a yellow card.

38:30

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Graeme Shinnie. Graeme Shinnie delivers the ball in from the corner.

37:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Callum Davidson on Richie Foran. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Andrew Shinnie from right wing.

36:36

A cross is delivered by Liam Craig.

35:44

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

31:26

Unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Chris Millar results in a free kick. Chris Millar goes into the book. David Davis takes the free kick. Greg Tansey produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left. Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie, Kevin Moon manages to make a clearance.

30:37

Ross Tokely gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber. Liam Craig takes the free kick.

29:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber by David Proctor. Free kick taken by David MacKay. The referee shows David Proctor a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

27:50

Unfair challenge on Kevin Moon by David Davis results in a free kick. Liam Craig takes the indirect free kick.

26:33

Marcus Haber challenges David Proctor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ross Tokely takes the free kick.

21:49

Marcus Haber is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.

20:22

The official flags Marcus Haber offside. Free kick taken by David Proctor.

19:37

Marcus Haber on for Cillian Sheridan.

17:35

Corner from left by-line taken by Liam Craig.

15:58

Foul by David Proctor on Cillian Sheridan, free kick awarded. Liam Craig delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing. Outswinging corner from right by-line taken by Jody Morris to far post, Thomas Piermayr gets a block in.

13:48

The official flags Callum Davidson offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Esson.

12:00

Francisco Sandaza scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT.Assist on the goal came from Cillian Sheridan.

8:15

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andrew Shinnie.

5:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Frazer Wright on Richie Foran. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andrew Shinnie.

3:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Frazer Wright. Thomas Piermayr takes the free kick.

2:45

Greg Tansey concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Moon. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

1:40

Corner crossed in by Liam Craig.

0:20

The official flags Francisco Sandaza offside. Ross Tokely restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

McInnes set for Robins talks St Johnstone have granted permission to Bristol City to interview their manager Derek McInnes. McInnes was linked with the vacancy at the npower Championship club following the departure of Keith Millen at the start of the month. A statement on Saints' official website confirmed: "Following negotiations, the club have agreed to Bristol City's request to interview manager Derek McInnes." City chairman Colin Sexstone told www.bcfc.co.uk: "Derek is one of the people we would like to speak with about the job. "He is a strong contender, we've heard good things about him and hence the reason we have requested permission from St Johnstone to interview him about the role." According to their official website, City plan to hold interviews at the start of next week, with a view to making an appointment ahead of next Sunday's home game against Birmingham. Meanwhile, McInnes is boosted by the return of two key players for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Inverness after Murray Davidson and Frazer Wright recovered from knee and calf injuries respectively. The Saints boss said: "It's good to have them back available, they are important players for us. "Murray has worked extremely hard to get back and he's back bang on schedule. He's a different type of midfielder to what we've got and it's great to have him back. "We worked hard to bring Frazer to the club, he's got a big presence and experience, and it's good to have him back too." McInnes says his players are keen to pick up where they left off before the international break. He added: "I've got a feeling the boys are itching to go and to continue the early good work that we've had. "We've got to recognise that the good results we've had have been down to a lot of hard work and determination and we need to make sure we have that again. "Hopefully they will be hungry to keep on picking up points." McInnes, speaking before the Perth club confirmed the talks with Bristol City, insists Saints will take nothing for granted despite Inverness' position at the bottom of the SPL. He said: "Terry [Butcher] is a bit like ourselves in that he has had a big turnover of players. "He brought a few players in and sometimes it takes time to settle. They have also had a lot of injury problems themselves. "We've had nothing but difficult games against Inverness in the past and we expect nothing different this time. "They are well-organised and well-motivated and I think they will be buoyed by the fact that they beat St Mirren the last time. "I fully expect a tough match. I think Terry will have his team believing they can come to our place and win the game but we've got to make sure that we're ready to put in a performance and play at the level we're capable of. "If we do that, it will also be a tough game for Inverness." Aidan Chippendale is out of the Inverness squad after being hit by a viral infection. Jonny Hayes, Josh Meekings and Lee Cox all took part in a reserve game this week but none of them are expected to make the squad as they build up their fitness. Chris Hogg, Owain Tudur Jones (both knee) and Aaron Doran (shoulder) remain out.

Formation:442Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

Formation: 451Manager: Terry Butcher

Inverness CT

  • Peter Enckelman
  • David MacKay
  • Steven Anderson
  • Frazer Wright
  • Callum Davidson
  • Kevin Moon
  • Jody Morris
  • Chris Millar
  • Liam Craig
  • Francisco Sandaza
  • Cillian Sheridan
  • SUBS
  • Alan Mannus
  • Murray Davidson
  • William Gibson
  • Marcus Haber
  • Mark Durnan
  • Liam Caddis
  • Steve May

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Match Report

Saints shine for in-demand McInnes Derek McInnes enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 victory in what could be his final match in charge of St Johnstone as goals in each half saw off Inverness. Less than 24 hours after being given permission to speak to Bristol City, McInnes saw his side consolidate their top-six position in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League thanks to strikes from Francisco Sandaza and Dave Mackay. Sandaza linked brilliantly with Cillian Sheridan to net his seventh goal of the season in the early stages and Mackay finished well in the 65th minute after Inverness failed to clear a Jody Morris cross. McInnes, who acknowledged the home fans' acclaim before quickly moving down the tunnel after the final whistle, is set to hold talks with City in the coming days. But, if he is to leave McDiarmid Park, he will depart with the team in a healthy state. Sheridan and Sandaza now have 11 goals between them and fashioned the opener from nothing, although the Irishman soon went off injured. And Frazer Wright returned from injury to superbly marshal a defence that has now kept seven clean sheets. The opener came in the 13th minute after Sandaza collected the ball just inside the Inverness half and fed Sheridan on the left wing with the visiting defence on the back foot. Sheridan returned the ball to his strike partner on the edge of the area with a lofted pass and the Spaniard chested it down, shrugged off a defender and shot high into the net with his left foot. Sandaza engineered another chance when his skill took him away from two men following Liam Craig's low cross but Ryan Esson was quickly off his line to block the striker's close-range effort. The forward pairing was split up in the 20th minute when Marcus Haber replaced Sheridan. Inverness were struggling to break through and Andrew Shinnie took a heavy touch when Richie Foran's header found him in space in the box. Caley Thistle midfielder Greg Tansey fired in two decent long-range strikes but neither forced Peter Enckelman into action and Shinnie curled just over from a difficult angle. Enckelman made his first save to guide David Proctor's header over following a corner but St Johnstone survived the spell of pressure and should have gone further ahead in injury-time after a sweeping move from deep inside their own half. Mackay and Chris Millar linked up brilliantly on the right to set up Haber 12 yards out but the striker scuffed his shot against the post and Thomas Piermayr blocked as Craig followed up. The Perth side came out eager to add to their tally and Esson got down well to save Mackay's drive after Millar had fed his forward run. Inverness brought on Shane Sutherland and Aidan Chippendale but they should have been further behind in the 62nd minute when Kevin Moon ran unmarked on to Craig's cross, however the midfielder sliced his first-time effort over. Moon was soon replaced by Murray Davidson, making his first appearance since August after recovering from a knee injury, and Saints almost immediately doubled their lead. Sandaza put Esson under pressure from Morris's right-wing cross and the ball fell for Mackay, who sent a first-time left-footed effort into the bottom corner from 14 yards. Foran almost pulled one back with a brilliant 20-yard strike but Enckelman pushed it on to the bar and over, and Saints held on to their lead comfortably. Their fans will now hope they can also retain the services of McInnes after Saints moved one point behind Celtic in the SPL.

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