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Liam Kelly finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-3 Kilmarnock.Daniele Invincibile provided the assist for the goal.
Jamie Hamill goes off and Tim Clancy comes on.
Conor Sammon leaves the field to be replaced by Marinho Rui Miguel.
Scott Dobie shown a yellow card. Scott Dobie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Kelly. Jamie Hamill restarts play with the free kick.
Mehdi Taouil goes off and Daniele Invincibile comes on.
Marcus Haber replaces Sam Parkin.
Conor Sammon receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Conor Sammon finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Kilmarnock.The assist for the goal came from Craig Bryson.
The ball is swung over by Liam Craig, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Sam Parkin misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Mehdi Taouil.
Alan Maybury leaves the field to be replaced by Scott Dobie. Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Jackson on Ben Gordon. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Mehdi Taouil offside. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Mohamadou Sissoko challenges Andrew Jackson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Liam Craig, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Kevin Rutkiewicz goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Effort from inside the area by Andrew Jackson misses to the right of the target.
Alexei Eremenko concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Maybury. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Cleveland Taylor, Craig Bryson gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Liam Kelly, Michael Duberry gets a block in.
Sam Parkin is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
The ball is crossed by Ben Gordon, clearance made by Kevin Rutkiewicz.
Frazer Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Jackson. Liam Craig produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Cameron Bell.
The referee shows Jody Morris a yellow card. Alexei Eremenko is cautioned. Foul by Jody Morris on Alexei Eremenko, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Craig Bryson.
The ball is swung over by Andrew Jackson, Jamie Hamill manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Liam Craig, clearance made by Frazer Wright.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
Cleveland Taylor takes a shot.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
Andrew Jackson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Cameron Bell takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Alan Maybury by Liam Kelly results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Maybury.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Jackson by Mohamadou Sissoko results in a free kick. David MacKay takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Morris on Alexei Eremenko. Alexei Eremenko restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Bryson takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Jamie Hamill, Graeme Smith makes a save.
Chris Millar crosses the ball.
Jody Morris takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Centre by Alan Maybury, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel Pascali on Cleveland Taylor. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Craig from right wing, Craig Bryson manages to make a clearance.
Cleveland Taylor delivers the ball.
Alan Maybury crosses the ball, clearance by Frazer Wright.
Andrew Jackson challenges Liam Kelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, clearance by Frazer Wright.
Centre by Cleveland Taylor, Ben Gordon gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Jody Morris. Direct free kick taken by Craig Bryson.
Ben Gordon challenges Cleveland Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Craig from right channel, Jamie Hamill manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line.
Foul by Kevin Rutkiewicz on Liam Kelly, free kick awarded. Jamie Hamill crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Graeme Smith.
Michael Duberry scores an own goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Kilmarnock.The ball is delivered by Ben Gordon. Assist by Ben Gordon.
A cross is delivered by Conor Sammon, Kevin Rutkiewicz gets a block in.
Mehdi Taouil challenges Andrew Jackson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Maybury takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Maybury on Mehdi Taouil. Direct free kick taken by Mehdi Taouil.
Liam Craig crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Cleveland Taylor goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Jody Morris challenges Craig Bryson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alexei Eremenko takes the free kick.
Cleveland Taylor comes on in place of Murray Davidson.
Centre by Chris Millar, Unfair challenge on Jamie Hamill by Sam Parkin results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Murray Davidson is given a yellow card. Alexei Eremenko fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Alexei Eremenko has an effort direct from the free kick.
Effort on goal by Conor Sammon from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Mehdi Taouil, Michael Duberry fouled by Manuel Pascali, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Outswinging corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Murray Davidson.
Chris Millar delivers the ball, clearance made by Liam Kelly.
Craig Bryson takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
Liam Craig delivers the ball.
Centre by Andrew Jackson, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
Alexei Eremenko crosses the ball, Murray Davidson manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko played to the near post, Kevin Rutkiewicz manages to make a clearance.
Liam Kelly takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
The ball is crossed by Chris Millar.
The ball is delivered by Alexei Eremenko, Graeme Smith makes a save.
Foul by Michael Duberry on Conor Sammon, free kick awarded. Alexei Eremenko produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Murray Davidson challenges Alexei Eremenko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Kelly takes the direct free kick.
Alexei Eremenko takes a shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Centre by Liam Craig, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
The game begins.
The half-time whistle blows.
The match restarts for the second half.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
McInnes backs Saints to bounce back
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes has backed his players to put their double disappointment against Celtic firmly in the past when they host Kilmarnock in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday.
Saints suffered back-to-back defeats to the Hoops in their last two games, firstly in the Co-operative Insurance Cup and then in the SPL, shipping six goals in the process.
But McInnes has no fears about those results having too much of an effect, claiming his side have the character to move on by delivering the goods at McDiarmid Park against a team who beat Hearts last weekend.
Murray Davidson has been given a 50/50 chance of being passed fit despite suffering a torn ankle ligament against Celtic, but Danny Grainger is suspended and will miss the visit of the Ayrshire club.
"We've got good boys here and the spirit and resolve has never been in doubt," said McInnes.
"They always bounce back pretty quickly after a disappointing result. We are at home again on Saturday.
"We are facing Kilmarnock who are going into the game off the back of a good result so we know it will be difficult but we just have to make it difficult for them.
"If we can reach the standard I know we're capable of and if we can concentrate and defend right for the 90 minutes, then we will give ourselves a chance to win the game."
McInnes added: "We've got to remember that we were in good form until the two Celtic games and I think we killed ourselves in both games.
"A poor start in any game leaves you with an uphill battle but especially against a team like Celtic.
"There were positives we could take from the first game and not so many from the second game. It's games that we can learn from but you have to move on quickly.
"Celtic are a better side but I'm just disappointed that we didn't show more of ourselves, certainly in the second game.
"Hopefully we can do that on Saturday."
Kilmarnock again have an unchanged squad for the encounter, with long-term injury absentees James Dayton and Alan Combe remaining on the sidelines.
Killie head into the game following their impressive 3-0 win at Hearts and McInnes has been impressed by Rugby Park boss Mixu Paatelainen so far this season.
McInnes said: "He's attempting to put his stamp on how he wants the team to play.
"I've seen them a couple of times and for any team to go to Tynecastle and win 3-0 is an impressive result.
"We know if they play the way they can and they hit form, they are a tough team to play against. But, likewise, we have to make sure we impose ourselves on the game and show our good side as well."
A win would allow Saints to edge closer to the top six but McInnes says SPL security must be the priority for the Perth club before setting more lofty targets.
He said: "What we've got to do first and foremost is try to get ourselves away from the bottom team.
"Everybody acknowledges it's very tight, below us is very tight and above us is tight.
"Any team who can get themselves a bit of consistency can get themselves away from a bit of trouble and look onwards and upwards. We want to be the team who can do that.
"But it's very congested and two or three bad results can see you slip back down the table.
"We are just striving for that consistency and I've been pleased with a lot of what we've shown this year, but I'm still looking for that improvement and hopefully we can see that as the season goes on."
In-form Killie too strong for Saints
Kilmarnock claimed a second successive emphatic Clydesdale Bank Premier League win as St Johnstone were 3-0 defeated at McDiarmid Park.
After last Sunday's 3-0 win at Hearts, Killie triumphed in convincing fashion again as Michael Duberry deflected Ben Gordon's 36th-minute cross into his own net before Conor Sammon struck seven minutes from time and Liam Kelly added a third in stoppage time.
Cleveland Taylor, a first-half replacement for Murray Davidson, headed on to the top of the bar and hit another effort against the woodwork as Saints struggled in the final third of the pitch and suffered a third straight loss.
Davidson was one of five changes as Saints aimed to bounce back from successive 3-0 losses to Celtic, but soon the midfielder was limping off the field with an apparent recurrence of his ankle problem.
That was not the only worry for St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes.
A pitch inspection an hour before kick-off was passed despite the ball being unable to bounce on sections of the saturated surface, but it was no excuse for Saints' sloppy defending in the opening 45 minutes as Kilmarnock began brightly.
A mistake by Alan Maybury granted Kelly enough space for a shot, but Saints goalkeeper Graeme Smith saved at his near post.
Sam Parkin then missed a defensive header from Alexei Eremenko's cross and the ball deflected off Mohamadou Sissoko's shin and into the arms of Smith.
Smith saved from Craig Bryson and Sammon shot wide, while Andy Jackson spurned two half-chances for Saints.
Davidson was then penalised for a foul on Eremenko, the challenge earning him a booking and forcing him off to be replaced by Taylor after 26 minutes.
Taylor's looping header from Liam Craig's cross hit the top of the bar before going out for a goal kick, with Bell covering the danger.
The opener came after 36 minutes through the Chelsea connection - but not Jody Morris and Duberry, as St Johnstone fans would hope.
Killie left-back Gordon, on loan from Stamford Bridge, raced down the left unchallenged and the ball was deflected into the hosts' net off the outstretched leg of Saints centre back Duberry.
Smith then saved a Kevin Rutkiewicz header from a similar fate as Saints trailed at the interval.
With the hosts lacking the incisive edge, Killie continued to look the more dangerous.
Bryson saw an effort from 20 yards saved by Smith after the midfielder had fought off the challenge of Duberry.
But Taylor then hit the bar for the second time. From Duberry's knock down, he screwed a right-foot effort which was always rising against the woodwork.
Parkin appeared to be impeded from the resulting corner while making an aerial challenge but still Saints were denied.
Morris was booked after Eremenko lured a foul and the Finland forward found himself cautioned for continuing to debate the decision long after the initial incident.
Sammon had a 73rd-minute effort ruled out for a foul on Maybury on the edge of the area, but his goal came 20 minutes later.
Bryson fed Sammon and he twisted and turned beyond Duberry and Craig before tucking in between Smith's legs.
Sammon was booked for his over-exuberant celebrations, with Marcus Haber replacing Parkin.
Haber's participation soon ended though as an innocuous incident saw him require a stretcher to leave the field, resulting in five minutes of stoppage time.
And Kelly tucked in a third in the additional time after being set up by replacement Danny Invincibile.
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