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  • Date:05 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:18:00
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:5,820
  • Lafferty (19) Naismith (82)
Goal!

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90mins

Maurice Edu takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.

89mins

Steve May produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

87mins

Headed effort from close range by Steven Naismith goes wide left of the target.

87mins

Nikica Jelavic takes a shot.

86mins

Corner taken by John Fleck from the right by-line, Maurice Edu takes a shot. Alan Maybury gets a block in.

83mins

Steven Naismith finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Rangers.

83mins

Chris Millar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Davis. Richard Foster takes the direct free kick.

81mins

Steve May is brought on as a substitute for Jordan Robertson.

79mins

Jordan Robertson takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

79mins

The ball is crossed by Jamie Ness, clearance made by Michael Duberry.

79mins

Nikica Jelavic crosses the ball.

78mins

Peter MacDonald receives a caution. The referee penalises Peter MacDonald for handball. Steven Whittaker takes the direct free kick.

76mins

Jamie Ness comes on in place of Kyle Lafferty. John Fleck replaces Gregg Wylde.

75mins

Corner from left by-line taken by Liam Craig.

74mins

The ball is swung over by Daniele Invincibile, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

71mins

Alan Maybury takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

69mins

The ball is sent over by Richard Foster.

68mins

The ball is crossed by Alan Maybury, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.

66mins

(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Arvydas Novikovas coming on for Daniel Grainger. Kevin Moon goes off and Peter MacDonald comes on.

65mins

Kyle Lafferty challenges Alan Maybury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

63mins

A cross is delivered by Kevin Moon.

61mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Nikica Jelavic.

58mins

Centre by Gregg Wylde.

57mins

Chris Millar produces a cross, clearance by Steven Whittaker.

54mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Robertson by Steven Whittaker. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Craig from left wing, David Weir manages to make a clearance.

54mins

Effort from the edge of the box by Nikica Jelavic goes wide of the left-hand post.

53mins

David MacKay receives a caution. Centre by Steven Naismith.

52mins

The ball is sent over by Daniel Grainger, save by Allan McGregor.

50mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance made by David MacKay.

50mins

A cross is delivered by Gregg Wylde, Alan Maybury gets a block in.

49mins

Centre by Richard Foster, Kevin Moon makes a clearance.

48mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Foster on Chris Millar. David MacKay crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.

48mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Maurice Edu on Chris Millar. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.

48mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Grainger on Nikica Jelavic. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.

47mins

Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Kyle Lafferty results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.

46mins

Nikica Jelavic produces a cross, clearance by Michael Duberry.

44mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Millar on Maurice Edu. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.

44mins

Steven Whittaker fouled by Jordan Robertson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

41mins

Unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty by David MacKay results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Gregg Wylde, Header from inside the area by David Weir strikes the post.

40mins

Kyle Lafferty goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Kyle Lafferty concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Grainger. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

39mins

Liam Craig sends in a cross, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.

38mins

The ball is delivered by David MacKay, clearance made by Sasa Papac.

37mins

Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, save made by Allan McGregor.

37mins

Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

36mins

Richard Foster is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.

35mins

Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.

33mins

The ball is sent over by Steven Davis, save made by Peter Enckelman.

32mins

Corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line, clearance by David MacKay.

32mins

Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. David MacKay gets a block in.

26mins

Daniele Invincibile is caught offside. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.

25mins

Jordan Robertson takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

23mins

The ball is crossed by Richard Foster, clearance by Alan Maybury.

21mins

Kyle Lafferty challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.

20mins

Kyle Lafferty finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers.

18mins

The official flags Daniele Invincibile offside. David Weir restarts play with the free kick.

17mins

Centre by Gregg Wylde, save by Peter Enckelman.

14mins

Alan Maybury sends in a cross, clearance made by Richard Foster.

12mins

Inswinging corner taken by David MacKay from the left by-line, Nikica Jelavic manages to make a clearance.

12mins

A cross is delivered by Liam Craig, Richard Foster makes a clearance.

12mins

Alan Maybury delivers the ball, clearance by David Weir.

11mins

Centre by Daniel Grainger.

10mins

Shot from 35 yards by Maurice Edu went wide of the left-hand post.

5mins

Kyle Lafferty concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Duberry. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.

2mins

Jordan Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

Match Preview

McInnes seeks cutting edge St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes has urged his players to be more instinctive around the penalty box as they look to cause an upset against Rangers. McInnes admitted he was embarrassed by his team's tally of 18 goals in 30 Clydesdale Bank Premier League games following their goalless draw against Kilmarnock on Saturday, which put a severe dent in their top-six hopes. The Perth side have had few problems at the other end in recent times, having kept nine clean sheets in 10 matches at McDiarmid Park this year. And McInnes will continue working on his players' attitude in a bid to sharpen their goalscoring impulses before the visit of Rangers. "I think confidence comes into it, and belief," he said. "We need to be more instinctive and determined to score, and intelligent in and around the box. "I must stress some of the performances as a team have been more than fine. We just need that missing bit of polish to get results. "Maybe we just need a break. I felt we should have had a penalty on Saturday. "Sometimes you need some deflections and things to go for you, but as a manager and a coach you can't be dependent on it. "You have to instil confidence. Hopefully that comes on the back of scoring once. But I do think we can be a bit more instinctive." Saints hope to have defender Steven Anderson back in their squad. The defender missed Saturday's draw with Kilmarnock with a minor knee injury but is hopeful of recovering. Collin Samuel hopes to brush off a hip knock but Jamie Adams (hamstring), Graham Gartland (groin), Jody Morris (back) and Sam Parkin (knee) remain out. Meanwhile, skipper David Weir admits lack of numbers at Rangers is a concern but insists shortage in personnel was no excuse for their defeat to Dundee United. The Scottish champions' injury woes were highlighted by the fact they were able to name just five substitutes on the bench for Saturday's 3-2 loss at Ibrox. Rangers twice surrendered the advantage in the game before eventually conceding a last minute winner to United, and Weir knows those players who were available should have done better. He said: "I don't think it helps but it's not an excuse. Everybody who played were experienced players. "We are not looking for excuses. It's easy to find excuses but we know we've just got to do better. "That's the nature of football, you don't have the same people next to you every week. I don't think that was the reason we lost the game. "I don't think it was anything to do with the players we had missing, we just didn't play well enough on the day and we made mistakes and Dundee United were good." On-loan defender Kyle Bartley has returned to Arsenal after being ruled out for the remainder of the season, while Madjid Bougherra, Vladimir Weiss, Kirk Broadfoot and Lee McCulloch are all still out of action ahead of the visit to St Johnstone. "It is a concern, I don't think you can get away from that," said Weir. "It's not a gimmick or psychology or anything, it's the bare bones and that's what we are down to. "We had a couple of lads who were injured soon before the United game and that's all we had available to put on the bench. "That's the situation we've been in for a while and it's gotten a little bit worse. We can't bring any players in so that's where we are and we've got to get on with it." Asked if Rangers, still in the hunt for the title despite depleted resources, are over-achieving, the 40-year-old said: "That's for other people to say. "We don't feel we are, we feel as though we have a good team, with good players, and we are capable of winning trophies and winning games. "That's what we expect of ourselves. The group are very disappointed we lost the last game and we will see how we respond."

Formation:442Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

Formation: 442Manager: Walter Smith

Rangers

  • Peter Enckelman
  • Alan Maybury
  • David MacKay
  • Michael Duberry
  • Daniel Grainger
  • Chris Millar
  • Kevin Moon
  • Murray Davidson
  • Liam Craig
  • Daniele Invincibile
  • Jordan Robertson
  • SUBS
  • Graeme Smith
  • Arvydas Novikovas
  • Cleveland Taylor
  • Steven Anderson
  • Peter MacDonald
  • Steve May
  • Liam Caddis

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Match Report

Rangers back at the summit Rangers returned to the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League for the first time since Boxing Day with a 2-0 win over St Johnstone. Walter Smith's men had squandered the opportunity to leapfrog rivals Celtic to the summit at the weekend but returned to winning ways in Perth. Kyle Lafferty netted his eighth of the season before Steven Naismith left it late to wrap up the win as Rangers moved a point clear at the top before Celtic face Hibernian on Wednesday. Rangers made one change from the side who lost to Dundee United at the weekend. Lafferty was back in action after recovering from a knee injury and he was given the nod ahead of El-Hadji Diouf. Saints made two changes. Kevin Moon and Jordan Robertson were added to the side, with Peter MacDonald on the bench and Collin Samuel failing to recover from a hip problem. Saints had a shout for a penalty early on when Danny Grainger appeared to be tripped in the box by Gregg Wylde but no spot-kick award was forthcoming from referee Crawford Allan. Wylde then tried to turn provider for Lafferty with a long cross from the left but goalkeeper Peter Enckelman was first to the ball to prevent the big striker connecting with the header. Lafferty was on target with 20 minutes gone when he pounced on a short headed pass-back from Grainger before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting into the back of the net. Lafferty could have added to his tally when he ran onto a long ball from Sasa Papac but Dave Mackay was quick to react with the block to deny the Northern Irishman his second of the night. Saints had a chance to level when Steven Whittaker failed to clear the danger sufficiently and the ball broke for Murray Davidson, whose shot was tipped just wide of the post by goalkeeper Allan McGregor. The champions could have doubled their lead when Lafferty won a free-kick that was flighted into the box by Wylde only for David Weir to see his header crash off the post. Rangers looked dangerous after the restart when Lafferty turned provider for Nikica Jelavic but the Croatian, who had so far failed to impose himself on the game, screwed the effort wide. At the other end, McGregor produced a superb save to push Moon's shot wide of the upright but the offside flag was raised anyway. Saints made a double switch when Moon and Grainger were withdrawn for the introduction of MacDonald and Arvydas Novikovas as they attempted to haul themselves back into the game. McGregor prevented Rangers from being pegged back with a great save to deny Davidson, before Robertson's rebound shot was deflected wide. With 15 minutes to go, the Ibrox side replaced goalscorer Lafferty and Wylde with Jamie Ness and John Fleck. Saints still looked capable of finding an equaliser and McDonald's cross was met by Robertson for the header but he nodded straight into the grateful hands of McGregor from close range. There appeared to be no way back for the home side when Rangers doubled their advantage with 83 minutes on the clock when a flick-on from Jelavic was met by Naismith and he rifled low past Enckelman to seal the win. Jelavic could have put the gloss on the win with a ferocious shot that smacked off the underside of the crossbar, before Naismith nodded the rebound wide.

Form Guide

    DLDDDD
  • St Johnstone
  • VS
  • Rangers
  • WLWWWL

Last Meetings

  • Rangers
  • 4 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 27/02/2011
  • Rangers
  • 2 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 28/08/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 4 - 1
  • Rangers
  • 30/03/2010
  • Rangers
  • 3 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 12/12/2009
  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 17/10/2009
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 06/03/2002

Top Scorers

St Johnstone

  • S Parkin 4
  • D Grainger 2
  • C Samuel 2
  • L Craig 2
  • S May 2
  • C Taylor 1
  • A Jackson 1

Rangers

  • N Jelavic 9
  • SJ Naismith 7
  • V Weiss 5
  • K Lafferty 3
  • S Papac 2
  • S Davis 2
  • M Edu 2
  • D Healy 1
  • E Diouf 1
  • M Bougherra 1
  • K Bartley 1

Goals

St Johnstone

    • Total goals 52
    • Goals per game 18
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Rangers

    • Total goals 96
    • Goals per game 62
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 11 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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