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Outswinging corner taken by Nick Hegarty, Darren McGregor produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Nick Hegarty is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marcus Haber joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sam Parkin. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Hugh Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Jody Morris on Jure Travner, free kick awarded. Sean Lynch takes the free kick.
David van Zanten fouled by Sam Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Craig by Garry Brady. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Morris on Sean Lynch. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Garry Brady on for Steven Robb.
Outswinging corner taken by Jody Morris.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams on Jure Travner. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Robb produces a cross, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
David van Zanten gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Collin Samuel. David van Zanten shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Jody Morris.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams by Jure Travner. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Grainger from right wing.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Parkin by John Potter. Free kick crossed by Daniel Grainger, clearance by David van Zanten.
Centre by Jennison Myrie-Williams, save made by Paul Gallacher.
Jody Morris takes a shot. Lee Mair gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams by Jure Travner results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Michael Duberry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw. Direct free kick taken by Sean Lynch.
Unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sean Lynch.
The official flags Gareth Wardlaw offside. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
Collin Samuel produces a cross, clearance made by John Potter.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line, clearance by Darren McGregor.
Gareth Wardlaw receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Alan Maybury produces a cross, Murray Davidson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Alan Maybury produces a cross, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Gareth Wardlaw results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
David van Zanten delivers the ball.
Jody Morris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Lynch. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
Gareth Wardlaw challenges David MacKay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Alan Maybury concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Lynch. Free kick crossed by Sean Lynch, clearance made by Murray Davidson.
John Potter produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken by Nick Hegarty.
Shot from just outside the box by Sam Parkin goes over the target.
Michael Duberry concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Wardlaw. Sean Lynch delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Gareth Wardlaw produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Jody Morris takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Mair.
Unfair challenge on David MacKay by Gareth Wardlaw results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Gareth Wardlaw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Duberry. Liam Craig delivers the ball, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a comfortable save.
Alan Maybury crosses the ball, clearance by Lee Mair.
The ball is delivered by Sean Lynch, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Collin Samuel on Jure Travner. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
Sean Lynch finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 2-1 St Mirren.
Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
Sam Parkin scores a headed goal from inside the area. St Johnstone 2-0 St Mirren.Assist on the goal came from Alan Maybury.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nick Hegarty from the right by-line, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
David van Zanten crosses the ball, Alan Maybury manages to make a clearance.
Collin Samuel joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Jackson.
Shot by Jennison Myrie-Williams from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Grainger on Steven Robb. Free kick crossed right-footed by David van Zanten.
Unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. Nick Hegarty takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Duberry on Gareth Wardlaw. Free kick crossed left-footed by Hugh Murray from left channel.
Alan Maybury crosses the ball, Jure Travner gets a block in.
Darren McGregor challenges Sam Parkin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jody Morris takes the direct free kick.
Sam Parkin is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Jackson by John Potter results in a free kick. Jody Morris takes the direct free kick.
Handball by Nick Hegarty. David MacKay takes the free kick.
Andrew Jackson fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-0 St Mirren.Assist on the goal came from Sam Parkin.
Sean Lynch challenges Jennison Myrie-Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Unfair challenge on Jody Morris by Sean Lynch results in a free kick. Alan Maybury restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jody Morris by Sean Lynch results in a free kick. Alan Maybury takes the direct free kick.
The game kicks-off.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
McInnes not concerned by slow start
St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes is not reading too much in to his side's poor start to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign.
The Perth men narrowly missed out on a top-six place last season but after four games they find themselves bottom of the table with a solitary point.
St Johnstone's new signing Jennison Myrie-Williams is in the squad for Saturday`s clash with St Mirren at McDiarmid Park.
Steven Milne (knee) and Scott Dobie (hamstring) are out but Liam Craig and Jody Morris return after recovering from hamstring injuries.
Peter Enckelman has fully recovered from a thigh strain and should be back in goal.
And ahead of the encounter against Danny Lennon's St Mirren side, who are three points better off, McInnes told Press Association Sport that it is far too early to worry about league positions.
"It doesn't sit well with us that we are bottom with four games played but we've had a sticky time before," he said.
"When we were in the First Division we were second bottom after four games - and that was the season we won the league.
"We won the first game then lost the next three.
"We had put a lot of pressure on ourselves to go up and so we wanted to get off to a good start but that didn't happen.
"Last season we didn't start well but because we had just come up to the SPL, we were given a bit of grace.
"So I wouldn't over-analyse things.
"We have had one poor performance in five games this season and that was last week against Motherwell.
"I expected more from the players as did the supporters and I think the players expected more from themselves.
"But I have the confidence and belief in the players that if we play to our abilities then we can win games."
McInnes added: "You could argue that the four teams we have played in the SPL so far - Hearts, Rangers, Aberdeen and Motherwell - are all top-six teams.
"This is the first team we have played against who will be in the same half of the league as us.
"But St Mirren will be saying the same to their players.
"They will be saying that we are in their half of the league.
"I have watched a couple of their games and they have shown a refreshing hunger.
"So we know it's going to be a tough game."
St Mirren boss Lennon has backed Gareth Wardlaw to continue seizing his top-flight opportunity after being left without his four other strikers for the trip to face St Johnstone.
Wardlaw will lead the line on his own at McDiarmid Park after Paul McGowan`s dismissal at Kilmarnock last weekend earned him a suspension, while Craig Dargo (knee), Michael Higdon (groin) and Paul McQuade (calf) remain on the sidelines.
The 31-year-old had never played in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League before Lennon went back to former club Cowdenbeath to take him to Paisley this summer.
The former Ayr and Raith Rovers forward did not start his senior football career until he was in his mid-20s but Lennon feels the target man has taken another late chance to make his mark.
"We're very short of strikers," said Lennon, who is also still without David Barron but welcomes back Steven Thomson.
"We have four of the five of them out.
"We have Wardlaw there, he has done remarkably well in the big step-up he has taken.
"He has grabbed it and he`s going to be a big player for us for the rest of the season. Everything rests on his shoulders on Saturday.
"He has started the season very, very well and it`s important he continues.
"He has been a problem to defenders and allowed us to get up the pitch.
"I would love another one in there amongst him because I feel that when we do have the quality of two up top, it does relieve the pressure on the back.
"And you want all your good strikers up there, because that's where they earn their corn."
Saints have lost both away games in the SPL this season and Lennon wants a more consistent display in Perth.
"I was very disappointed with the level of performance in the first half last week, although when we went down to 10 men and got ourselves back in the game, we took control," said Lennon, who is still assessing trialist Michael McGowan.
"My message to the boys is that when we are on the road we give ourselves 90 minutes of quality and hard work, not 45 minutes."
Saints march to win
Andy Jackson helped St Johnstone to their first Clydesdale Bank Premier League win of the season before being stretchered off with a head injury in the 2-1 victory over St Mirren.
Jackson fired home an early opener before being felled in a collision with St Mirren goalkeeper Paul Gallacher midway through the first half.
His team-mates soon moved two ahead through Sam Parkin's brilliant header before Sean Lynch's deflected 36th-minute effort quickly gave St Mirren hope.
But Gareth Wardlaw, St Mirren's only available striker, missed a great chance late in the first half and the visitors failed to launch a second-half comeback.
St Johnstone were comfortable without being entirely convincing but deserved the three points as they leapfrogged the visitors to move off the bottom.
Both sides were seeking to make amends and Derek McInnes handed Jennison Myrie-Williams a debut as he made six changes. Allan Maybury and Jackson were recalled while Jody Morris, Peter Enckelman and Liam Craig returned from injury.
St Mirren brought in Nick Hegarty, Sean Lynch, Steven Robb and David van Zanten following their defeat at Kilmarnock but Steven Thomson was absent despite being expected to shake off an injury.
McInnes had told his players their performance in a 2-0 home defeat by Motherwell last weekend was unacceptable but they quickly set about atoning for that insipid display when Jackson struck in the third minute. He kept Danny Grainger's inswinging free-kick in and forced Paul Gallacher to block at his near post before getting up to squeeze the rebound high into the net.
The striker inadvertently blocked Craig's goalbound effort following a free-kick from a similar distance as St Johnstone continued to edge a quiet opening quarter.
Jackson's luck went from bad to worse midway through the half when Gallacher accidentally caught the striker after rushing off his line to punch away Dave Mackay's long ball.
Morris fired wide as his team-mate lay motionless and he was carried off on a stretcher after a six-minute delay, although he soon recovered in the dressing room despite a sore jaw.
Collin Samuel came on but his side almost lost their lead immediately when Lynch lobbed the ball into the six-yard box following a half-cleared corner, however Enckelman stopped Lee Mair's header right on his line.
St Johnstone soon went two ahead in the 33rd minute when Sam Parkin brilliantly headed home. Myrie-Williams exchanged passes with Maybury before sending in a driven cross that Parkin expertly guided into the far corner from 15 yards.
Myrie-Williams should have put the game beyond the Paisley Saints in the 36th minute when John Potter failed to deal with a long ball to leave the winger with a clear run on goal, but his left-footed effort allowed Gallacher to block with his foot.
The visitors took full advantage of the let-off within seconds when the ball fell for Lynch 30 yards out. He powerfully struck a first-time effort and saw it take a major deflection before nestling in the corner of the net.
Wardlaw missed a great chance to level in the 45th minute when the ball fell invitingly for the former Cowdenbeath striker six yards out following Hegarty's cross, but he sliced well wide.
St Johnstone calmed the match down after the break and Murray Davidson headed just over in the 55th minute after an instant cross from Maybury.
The home side remained in the ascendancy but their final pass or delivery from set-pieces let them down too often and they had no-one else in the box when Samuel pulled the ball across goal after Morris did cut open the visitors.
St Mirren struggled to get any attacking rhythm going and Danny Lennon moved Darren McGregor from defence into attack, but the former Cowdenbeath player headed over from 12 yards following Hegarty's injury-time corner.
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