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Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Maybury on Paul McGowan. Indirect free kick taken by Jim Goodwin. Alan Maybury is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Maybury.
Marcus Haber joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Craig.
Illias Haddad comes on in place of Steven Thompson.
Kenny McLean gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 St Mirren.Assist on the goal came from Steven Thompson.
Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Liam Craig crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Francisco Sandaza misses to the left of the goal.
Steven Anderson fouled by Nigel Hasselbaink, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Nigel Hasselbaink for unsporting behaviour. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Francisco Sandaza from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Alan Maybury on Graham Carey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Mair.
Jon McShane goes off and Nigel Hasselbaink comes on.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig, save by Craig Samson.
Murray Davidson replaces Kevin Moon.
Cillian Sheridan takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Cillian Sheridan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, clearance made by Steven Thompson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the left by-line.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line, Craig Samson makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line, Cillian Sheridan takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Jon McShane has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the target.
Shot from outside the area by Liam Craig misses to the left of the target.
Kenny McLean takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Graham Carey produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Liam Craig takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Steven Thompson.
Graham Carey takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Steven Anderson.
Effort on goal by Paul McGowan from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Jeroen Tesselaar by Liam Craig results in a free kick. Graham Carey has an effort direct from the free kick, Alan Maybury manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the left by-line.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the left by-line, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Effort from deep inside the area by Francisco Sandaza misses to the left of the target.
Graham Carey takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Steven Anderson.
Kenny McLean takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
David MacKay challenges Jon McShane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jon McShane has an effort direct from the free kick.
Frazer Wright leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Maybury.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the left by-line, Peter Enckelman manages to make a clearance.
Jim Goodwin takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Paul McGowan is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Callum Davidson takes the free kick.
Corner from left by-line taken by Graham Carey.
Unfair challenge on Francisco Sandaza by Lee Mair results in a free kick. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick. Cillian Sheridan takes a shot. Save made by Craig Samson.
Unfair challenge on Jon McShane by Steven Anderson results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jeroen Tesselaar.
The official flags Francisco Sandaza offside. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line to the near post, save by Craig Samson.
Francisco Sandaza produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Frazer Wright on Paul McGowan. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Unfair challenge on Liam Craig by Paul McGowan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Unfair challenge on Jon McShane by Kevin Moon results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Graham Carey from the free kick.
Shot by Kevin Moon from outside the box goes high over the target.
Corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Liam Craig.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Frazer Wright on Steven Thompson. Graham Carey produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Handball decision goes against Francisco Sandaza. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Jon McShane concedes a free kick for a foul on Jody Morris. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Graham Carey fouled by Francisco Sandaza, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Carey takes the indirect free kick.
Callum Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan. Free kick taken by Graham Carey.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the right by-line, Lee Mair challenges Steven Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Steven Thompson.
Experience matters to Wright
St Johnstone defender Frazer Wright believes the experience in their team can help guide them through a period of uncertainty following the departure of Derek McInnes.
Captain Jody Morris and under-19s coach Alec Cleland will take charge of their second game on Saturday when St Mirren visit McDiarmid Park.
The pair led Saints to a goalless draw at Dundee United days after McInnes left for Bristol City and Wright is confident there will be no disruption against the Paisley side.
The 31-year-old said: "Before the manager left, he made the point that he signed quite a lot of experienced players and I think that's what you need just now.
"You need the experienced players to get round everyone and keep their heads up and keep everyone going. I think we're doing quite well on that side of things.
"You get papers speculating but until we find out we can't do anything about it, we just need to get our heads down and get on with it.
"Eck and Jody have done well, kept everything ticking over. They are good guys, they will get the best out of the boys and we will work hard for them."
Wright, who left Kilmarnock for Perth in the summer, is no stranger to managerial change having worked under Jim Jefferies, Jimmy Calderwood, Mixu Paatelainen, Kenny Shiels and McInnes in under two years.
"I went through a phase of having the one manager for five years and then it changed quite rapidly," he said. "So I'm getting used to it now.
"It's just something you need to get on with. You know there is always a chance if your team is doing well then your manager could go, and if you're not doing well the manager can go. It's just part of life.
"I knew there was a chance he (McInnes) could go, but that's the chance you take.
"I'm loving it here. I'm enjoying playing here and we have kept a lot of clean sheets as well, which is always good in my position."
St Mirren won at McDiarmid Park in the Scottish Communities League Cup last month but were knocked out of the tournament by Ayr in midweek.
But the defeat, which followed a home SPL loss to Hibernian, will not derail Danny Lennon's transformation of St Mirren's playing style and Wright sees some parallels with Kilmarnock's route to a top-six finish last season.
Danny Lennon believes St Johnstone's failure to tempt Paul Cook from Sligo Rovers to become their new manager simply reflects the financial parity between Irish and Scottish football these days.
The Perth club announced on Thursday that their pursuit of the 44-year-old Englishman as a replacement for Derek McInnes, who departed for Bristol City, was over with Cook later saying he was unhappy with the deal offered to him.
Ahead of St Mirren's visit to McDiarmid Park in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Lennon said: "The southern Irish league is difficult to compete with and even in Northern Ireland - where we went on a pre-season tour last year - it is very difficult to compete salary-wise (for players).
"We are playing in a very competitive league over here but we are what we are in terms of finances.
"We have to get our game back on track and make it attractive, more appealing and people are trying to change the football culture in Scotland.
"But if you speak to (St Johnstone chairman) Geoff Brown, his desk will be full of applications.
"I'm sure St Johnstone will get someone in there who truly wants the job for the right reasons."
The Buddies boss admitted it will take a lot to get over the shock Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final defeat by First Division side Ayr United in midweek.
"That will always be with you," he said.
"Even when the semi-finals come along in February you will be saying `if only'.
"But it is not to be and what we are looking for is characters to go out there and show what they are all about.
"We have to turn that hurt into motivation for upcoming games."
Lennon has preached a passing game this season and will continue with that philosophy.
However, he admits it is maybe time to get the ball more quickly into big striker Steven Thompson.
He said: "We have made giant strides from getting from the back to the middle - and we can still do that a bit quicker - but we must improve as a team in the final third.
"We have to play to Stevie Thompson's strengths.
"He has improved in taking the ball to feet but that is not particularly his strong point in his game."
McLean brushes off Saints
Kenny McLean netted his first goal for St Mirren as they scraped a narrow 1-0 victory over St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
McLean grabbed the only goal of the game late on to provide one of the few highlights in what was a largely dull affair at McDiarmid Park.
The win allowed the Paisley club to bounce back from their midweek Scottish Communities League Cup exit to Irn-Bru First Division side Ayr United.
St Johnstone were boosted by the return of Cillian Sheridan, who recovered from a hamstring injury to start ahead of Marcus Haber as the Perth side made one change from the goalless draw against Dundee United.
St Mirren made two changes from the side who lost to Ayr, with Jon McShane and Graham Carey both added to the team.
There was little in the way of goalmouth action early on as both sides struggled to impose themselves upon the game.
St Johnstone eventually had the chance to put their visitors under pressure when Carey handled 25 yards out but Dave Mackay's deflected free-kick was comfortably smothered by goalkeeper Craig Samson.
Kevin Moon then resorted to a long-range effort that he ballooned well over the crossbar, with Samson untroubled on this occasion.
At the other end, Carey saw a free-kick of his own flash across goal and past the post, before an effort from McLean was held by goalkeeper Peter Enckelman.
Francisco Sandaza then called Samson into action, who blocked well from the close-range shot at the near post.
The home side were threatening again when Sheridan tried his luck with a left-foot shot that bobbled awkwardly on the turf but was saved by the goalkeeper.
McLean had a great chance to open the scoring three minutes after the restart when he embarked on a decent run into the box before unleashing the shot which was pushed one-handed over the crossbar by Enckelman.
Alan Maybury - who replaced Frazer Wright at half-time - then teed up a shot for Sandaza but he fired inches past the upright for the home side.
Samson came to the rescue for the Buddies with an impressive save to deny Sheridan after a Liam Craig corner broke to him just inside the box and his shot looked set to leave the net bulging.
Substitute Murray Davidson won a free-kick for St Johnstone and Craig picked out Sandaza in front of goal only for the Spaniard to nod just wide.
Instead it was St Mirren who finally made the breakthrough when they opened the scoring with 81 minutes on the clock.
Steven Thompson nodded on for McLean and he left Enckelman with no chance as he rifled into the back of the net from 15 yards.
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