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Corner taken by Aaron Doran.
Gwion Edwards fouled by Ross Draper, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Anderson takes the direct free kick.
Short corner worked by Nigel Hasselbaink.
Steven MacLean is caught offside. Free kick taken by Antonio Reguero.
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Save by Antonio Reguero.
Handball by Gwion Edwards. Free kick taken by Charlie Taylor.
Foul by Aaron Doran on Gwion Edwards, free kick awarded. Patrick Cregg on for Rowan Vine. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Millar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Shinnie. Direct free kick taken by Richie Foran.
Shot from outside the box by Liam Craig misses to the left of the goal.
Nigel Hasselbaink is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Charlie Taylor takes the free kick.
Foul by Liam Craig on Nick Ross, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Charlie Taylor from the free kick.
Owain Tudur Jones goes off and Andrew Shinnie comes on.
Effort on goal by Liam Craig from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Steven MacLean finds the net with a headed goal from close range. St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT.Nigel Hasselbaink provided the assist for the goal.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Craig, Daniel Devine manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nigel Hasselbaink.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rowan Vine on Richie Foran. Graeme Shinnie restarts play with the free kick.
Graeme Shinnie goes into the referee's book.
Unfair challenge on Ross Draper by Frazer Wright results in a free kick. Josh Meekings restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Nigel Hasselbaink, Frazer Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Reguero. Direct free kick taken by Antonio Reguero.
Unfair challenge on Rowan Vine by Ross Draper results in a free kick. Liam Craig has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Antonio Reguero.
(Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with Nick Ross coming on for Billy McKay.
Graeme Shinnie has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Owain Tudur Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Frazer Wright.
Foul by Chris Millar on Aaron Doran, free kick awarded. Chris Millar is cautioned. Free kick taken by Charlie Taylor.
Nigel Hasselbaink is brought on as a substitute for Gregory Tade.
Owain Tudur Jones takes a shot. Save by Alan Mannus.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line, Steven Anderson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Effort from inside the area by Gregory Tade misses to the right of the target.
Steven MacLean is ruled offside. Antonio Reguero takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the box by Graeme Shinnie goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Foul by Aaron Doran on Gregory Tade, free kick awarded. David MacKay takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Graeme Shinnie, David MacKay makes a clearance.
Gwion Edwards on for Mehdi Abeid.
Ross Draper produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Graeme Shinnie from the right by-line, clearance by Thomas Scobbie.
Liam Craig produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Craig.
Unfair challenge on Ross Draper by Mehdi Abeid results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Josh Meekings.
David MacKay has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Mehdi Abeid takes a shot.
Liam Craig takes the inswinging corner, Owain Tudur Jones manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Steven MacLean by Charlie Taylor results in a free kick. Charlie Taylor goes into the book. Strike comes in from Rowan Vine from the free kick, save made by Antonio Reguero.
Close range shot by Gregory Tade goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Liam Craig gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Reguero. Antonio Reguero takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Thomas Scobbie by Ross Draper results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mehdi Abeid.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mehdi Abeid on Owain Tudur Jones. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Devine.
Chris Millar takes a shot. Charlie Taylor gets a block in.
Richie Foran concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Millar. Direct free kick taken by Steven Anderson.
Foul by Mehdi Abeid on Richie Foran, free kick awarded. Antonio Reguero takes the free kick.
Foul by David Raven on Rowan Vine, free kick awarded. The referee sends off David Raven for professional foul. Liam Craig produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Rowan Vine goes wide right of the target.
Short corner worked by Rowan Vine.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Billy McKay. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ross Draper by Liam Craig results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Antonio Reguero.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rowan Vine by Daniel Devine. Daniel Devine booked for unsporting behaviour. Thomas Scobbie takes the free kick.
Steven Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Foran. Josh Meekings takes the free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Mehdi Abeid goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line, Richie Foran manages to make a clearance.
Hasselbaink: I need to play
Frustrated St Johnstone striker Nigel Hasselbaink has told Perth boss Steve Lomas to start playing him or let him leave in the summer.
The former Hamilton and St Mirren attacker moved to McDiarmid Park a year ago but has started just twice for Lomas' team since the turn of the year.
Of his 38 appearances for Saints, 21 have come from the bench and the Dutchman admits he is growing frustrated.
Now the 22-year-old says he may have to move on in the summer if he cannot convince his Northern Irish manager of his talents.
Hasselbaink told Press Association Sport: "I just want to play at a higher level and work on more of my strengths. That's why I came here to Saints.
"But I know I need to play more games. The boys are great and it's a good club - I've enjoyed my time here.
"However, for myself, I'd like to have played more games and the gaffer knows that. It's his decision and I have to respect that. I have to keep training hard and try to change his mind.
"I just need a chance. The gaffer knows what I can do but it's up to him. The hardest thing to do as a player is to change a manager's mind.
"It is hard for any player not to play, not just me. It's been a difficult time because I haven't started games for weeks.
"I don't know what is the right thing to do. Do I need to stay here because I have a year left on my contract, or does the gaffer have other plans for me?
"I spoke to him in the winter but I haven't spoken to him about what will happen in the summer. I think I will have to go speak to him in the next couple of weeks and see what the plans are because if he is not going to use me, maybe it's better if we split ways.
"I'll go my way and he can go with the players he is going to use.
"There's no hard feelings. The gaffer is a good guy and it's a good club. I don't have a problem with anyone here. I just want to play."
Lomas will be able to include Liam Craig in his team for the make-or-break clash with Inverness as the midfielder returns from suspension.
The Hibernian-bound player sat out last Sunday's 2-2 draw with Ross County but is available for the weekend meeting with Terry Butcher's third-placed side as the Saints look to reign in a four-point gap and pinch the Highlanders' Europa League slot as the SPL moves into its final four games of the season.
Murray Davidson may miss out with an ankle injury while long-term absentees David Robertson and Jamie Adams remain on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Inverness manager Terry Butcher has predicted a "titanic battle" with fellow Europa League hopefuls Saints.
The sides have produced three draws in their previous meetings this season and only four points separate them with Caley Thistle occupying the crucial third spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League ahead of their trip to Perth.
Ahead of the televised noon showdown, Butcher said: "It's set for a titanic battle. I'm sure it will be uncompromising and tough, but both teams are well capable of playing some good football.
"Both teams have players who can be match-winners.
"Meaty, I think I would call it. It could be potentially very meaty. Not for the faint-hearted.
"It's two teams scrapping it out, going toe to toe. It's last-man standing in a way.
"It's a great game to look forward to. St Johnstone last year got Europe and want a repeat of that. We're in uncharted territory.
"If we play the way we like to play and get stuck in as well and match St Johnstone's physical attributes, then we have players who can win games as well."
Inverness defender Gary Warren is out of the clash.
The centre-back returned from a knee injury ahead of schedule against Celtic last weekend, but was forced off early in the second half.
Ryan Esson and Simon King remain out, but Chris Hogg is pushing for action after a serious knee injury.
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