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Foul by Mehdi Taouil on Kevin Moon, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Arvydas Novikovas, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Liam Craig leaves the field to be replaced by Arvydas Novikovas.
Gary Fisher joins the action as a substitute, replacing Frazer Wright.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David MacKay from the right by-line, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Kevin Moon is brought on as a substitute for Collin Samuel.
Unfair challenge on Frazer Wright by Daniele Invincibile results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anssi Jaakkola.
Daniel Grainger produces a cross, Mohamadou Sissoko manages to make a clearance.
Kieran Agard is brought on as a substitute for William Gros. Corner taken by David MacKay from the right by-line,
Chris Millar crosses the ball, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Chris Millar produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Anssi Jaakkola.
Peter MacDonald leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Robertson.
Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by James Fowler results in a free kick. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.
Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on William Gros. Alexei Eremenko takes the direct free kick.
Murray Davidson delivers the ball, Peter MacDonald takes a shot.
Michael Duberry receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
A cross is delivered by Alan Maybury.
The ball is delivered by Daniele Invincibile, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
David Silva leaves the field to be replaced by Mehdi Taouil.
Daniel Grainger fouled by Alexei Eremenko, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David MacKay.
Centre by Collin Samuel, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Alan Maybury fouled by Frazer Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Maybury.
Foul by Chris Millar on Craig Bryson, free kick awarded. Garry Hay takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Daniele Invincibile, clearance by Garry Hay.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line.
Chris Millar delivers the ball, clearance made by Tim Clancy.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by William Gros goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is swung over by Craig Bryson, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Chris Millar produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mohamadou Sissoko by Chris Millar. Free kick taken by Tim Clancy.
The ball is crossed by Daniele Invincibile.
Craig Bryson fouled by Daniele Invincibile, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Bryson takes the free kick.
Centre by Jamie Hamill.
Jamie Hamill shown a yellow card. Foul by Jamie Hamill on Peter MacDonald, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Liam Craig, Garry Hay manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter MacDonald. Frazer Wright restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger.
Daniele Invincibile delivers the ball, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.
Alexei Eremenko takes the inswinging corner, The ball is crossed by Garry Hay, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on William Gros. Alexei Eremenko shoots direct from the free kick, save by Peter Enckelman.
William Gros takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
Peter MacDonald produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Craig Bryson.
Daniele Invincibile takes a shot. Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
Tim Clancy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Michael Duberry restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Alexei Eremenko.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Duberry on Alexei Eremenko. Craig Bryson restarts play with the free kick.
Jamie Hamill is caught offside. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Collin Samuel crosses the ball, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Michael Duberry concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexei Eremenko. Direct free kick taken by Frazer Wright.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David MacKay.
Garry Hay concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniele Invincibile. Chris Millar restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko played to the near post, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Collin Samuel crosses the ball.
The ball is crossed by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Tim Clancy.
Daniel Grainger produces a cross.
Unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by Craig Bryson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Craig.
Bryson: Players behind Shiels
Craig Bryson has revealed the Kilmarnock players have vowed to help Kenny Shiels become permanent boss of the Rugby Park club.
The Irishman was installed as caretaker manager on Friday following the departure of Mixu Paatelainen who took over as boss of the Finland national side.
The Killie skipper insists Shiels has played an integral part in guiding the Ayrshire club into the top six in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League this season as assistant to Paatelainen, and deserves a chance to follow in the footsteps of the Finn.
"The players had a wee talk among ourselves and the outcome was that everyone said we would give the same effort and commitment to Kenny as we did under Mixu. I don't see why we wouldn't," said Bryson, ahead of Saturday`s trip to St Johnstone.
"We were delighted for Mixu to get the chance to go to Finland but we need to keep looking forward.
"We still have eight games to play until the end of the season and we want to do as well as we can and so we will give Kenny the support.
"Mixu and Kenny have been excellent to work under and hopefully, now that Kenny is the manager, he can do the same job.
"He is really thorough, he knows so much about the game and he gives us confidence.
"Honestly, he has been excellent to work under.
"I think he goes a wee bit unnoticed by the media and fans but he has not gone unnoticed by the players.
"Kenny has the same philosophy as Mixu so I don't think we will see much change in the way we play and then it will be up to the chairman to decide what he wants to do about the manager.
"But Kenny wanting to play the game the same way as Mixu makes it easier for us to get over the departure of our manager."
Bryson was not surprised to see Paatelainen leave and insists it's part and parcel of modern-day football.
"Managers are the same as players, if they are doing a good job then they are going to get linked with other teams and other teams will show interest.
"I think we have known for a few weeks that he would get a chance at a higher level.
"It is obviously a great recognition for him and it must be a great honour.
"We are delighted and gutted at the same time."
Manuel Pascali is suspended for Kilmarnock at McDiarmid Park, midfielder Mehdi Taouil has recovered from a groin injury but is likely to start on the bench.
Mahamadou Sissoki is struggling with a groin injury while Liam Kelly is out with a virus.
St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes insists a change of manager at Kilmarnock will have no effect on his team's clash with the Ayrshire side.
"It will be as tough a game as it would have been had Mixu been in charge," he told Press Association Sport.
"It's credit to the Killie team that Mixu has managed to get his national team manager's job.
"He did a great job for Killie. He got them going again this season after fighting relegation last season.
"They are comfortably in the top six so that's credit to them.
"The players will be disappointed that he has left but will be pleased for Mixu.
"Now that he's gone, though, they will want to continue to show that they are good players, as they have done this season.
"But, regardless of who is in charge, we are more concerned with our performance."
McInnes added: "We have been happy with our recent form, especially at home.
"We have been keeping clean sheets at home so that has given us a platform to win games.
"The players have been doing well but we just need to be a bit more clinical.
"It will be a finely balanced game against Kilmarnock but we will hope to use the home advantage."
To boost his attacking options, McInnes has handed a short-term contract to striker Jordan Robertson.
The 23-year-old was sentenced to 32 months in prison for causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in 2008 but the former Rangers and Dundee United midfielder is looking to give the player a second chance.
"He is a Sheffield lad and we were alerted as to his availability," he said. "He has been training for three weeks with us and we have been pleased with him so he gets a chance to show what he can do."
Defender Michael Duberry is in contention after recovering from a groin injury, but Steven Anderson is a doubt with a knock.
Saints held by Shiels` Kille
St Johnstone were left to rue passing up a host of chances as Kenny Shiels got his caretaker spell in charge of Kilmarnock off to a slow - but positive - start with a goalless Clydesdale Bank Premier League draw.
Saints dominated possession and goalmouth opportunities throughout, coming closest when striker Peter MacDonald struck the bar with a second-half header.
MacDonald also had a penalty claim waved away after tangling with Kilmarnock keeper Anssi Jaakkola.
However, a combination of wayward finishing and a string of saves from Jaakkola kept the home side at bay to hand Shiels a point in his first game in charge since Mixu Paatelainen's defection to the Finnish national job.
Shiels would have wanted more in his aim of showing he deserves to take the post on a permanent basis.
The Northern Irishman was afforded a warm welcome by the travelling support but watched his team turn in a strangely lacklustre performance.
There was almost a disastrous start for the Rugby Park men - and Shiels - as they came close to going behind after just 12 seconds.
Danny Grainger's long diagonal ball into the box found Collin Samuel on the right side of the area but, when he hooked his shot over the hesitant Jaakkola, Frazer Wright was on hand to head the net-bound effort away.
It was a dangerously slow start from the visitors and MacDonald might have made them pay in the fourth minute but could not direct his free header from Grainger's inswinging free-kick on target.
A Liam Craig volley went straight into the chest of Jaakkola a minute later was an indication of St Johnstone's dominance and Jaakkola was forced to tip away a Dave Mackay free-kick with only 13 minutes gone after a brief flurry of Kilmarnock possession.
Although the Rugby Park side began to assert their passing game on the match, it was all one-way traffic in terms of the game's chances.
Jaakkola was called into action yet again in the 24th minute as he dived full length to tip away a 20-yard drive from Danny Invincibile and only moments later Samuel dipped a long-range effort narrowly over the target.
Kilmarnock finally threatened in the 27th minute as playmaker Alexei Eremenko at last exerted his influence on the match.
The Finn played in William Gros with a one-two on the right edge of the box but the French youngster's drive across the target was pushed away by Saints keeper Peter Enckleman at full stretch.
Killie awoke from their slumber a minute after the break and could have taken the lead against the run of play.
Skipper Craig Bryson sparked a break which allowed Gros to power away from the Saints defence but the former Le Havre youngster screwed his shot across the goal and wide from 20 yards out.
There was a moment of controversy at the other end in the 53rd minute.
Jaakkola spilled Samuel's volley and, in trying to retrieve the loose ball, tangled with MacDonald.
However, despite loud claims from the home side, referee Stephen Finnie was unimpressed and waved play on.
Spurred on by a feeling of injustice, Saints came within a whisker of the breakthrough in the 68th minute.
Murray Davidson's cross from the right saw MacDonald rising highest but the diminutive marksman's header crashed down off the crossbar before being hacked to safety.
St Johnstone handed new signing Jordan Robertson his debut in the 71st minute and the Englishman almost made an immediate impact as he shrugged off Wright before spinning his shot wide of the target from eight yards out.
Chris Millar then speared in a 20-yard drive which Jaakkola needed two attempts to gather as the home side continued to dominate both possession and chances.
They were presented with yet another with 12 minutes remaining as Dave Mackay's corner fell to Michael Duberry 12 yards out.
But the former Chelsea player betrayed his defensive status by lifting his effort over the bar when he should have hit the target.
The final chance again fell to St Johnstone but Davidson's header from Millar's cutback was blocked at point-blank range by a combination of Jaakkola and the defenders in front of him.
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