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Corner from the right by-line taken by Dougie Imrie, Lee Mair takes a shot. Comfortable save by Alan Mannus.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Beattie by Dougie Imrie. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.
Dougie Imrie is ruled offside. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Jim Goodwin from the right by-line, Alan Mannus makes a save.
Craig Beattie comes on in place of Gregory Tade.
Gregory Tade is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jim Goodwin takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Steven Thompson on Frazer Wright, free kick awarded. Steven Thompson receives a yellow card. Jon Robertson on for Lewis Guy. Frazer Wright takes the direct free kick.
Nigel Hasselbaink leaves the field to be replaced by David Robertson.
David van Zanten fouled by Nigel Hasselbaink, the ref awards a free kick. Marc McAusland restarts play with the free kick.
Graham Carey concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Direct free kick taken by Alan Mannus.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Lewis Guy. Thomas Reilly on for Kenny McLean. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alan Mannus.
Paul Dummett is given a yellow card.
Dougie Imrie fouled by Thomas Scobbie, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Carey crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Dougie Imrie, Murray Davidson manages to make a clearance.
Frazer Wright challenges Graham Carey unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books Frazer Wright for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Graham Carey from left channel.
David MacKay has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by David MacKay.
Unfair challenge on Lee Mair by Gregory Tade results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Steven Anderson fouled by Lewis Guy, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Dougie Imrie, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Lee Mair misses to the right of the goal.
Dougie Imrie takes a shot. Save by Alan Mannus.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Jim Goodwin. Chris Millar takes the direct free kick.
David van Zanten fouled by Nigel Hasselbaink, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Paul Dummett concedes a free kick for a foul on Gregory Tade. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Liam Craig from right wing, Craig Samson makes a save.
Lee Mair concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Hasselbaink. Strike on goal comes in from David MacKay from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Craig on Graham Carey. Graham Carey shoots direct from the free kick.
Paul Dummett takes a shot. Save made by Alan Mannus.
The ball is delivered by Graham Carey, Lewis Guy fires in a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 2-1 St Mirren.Graham Carey provided the assist for the goal.
Dougie Imrie replaces Sam Parkin.
Header from deep inside the area by Steven Thompson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Kenny McLean takes a short corner.
The ball is swung over by David van Zanten, clearance made by Gary Miller.
Liam Craig concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Mair. Lee Mair restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Hasselbaink on David van Zanten. David van Zanten takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kenny McLean, Header by Marc McAusland from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Murray Davidson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 2-0 St Mirren.The assist for the goal came from Gary Miller.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Craig by Lewis Guy. Alan Mannus takes the direct free kick.
Liam Craig takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a comfortable save.
Header from close range by Sam Parkin misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Graham Carey by Gary Miller results in a free kick. Paul Dummett takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Thomas Scobbie, clearance made by Paul Dummett.
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Clearance made by Lee Mair.
The ball is delivered by David van Zanten, Kenny McLean takes a shot. Comfortable save by David MacKay.
Gregory Tade concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc McAusland. Marc McAusland takes the direct free kick.
Lewis Guy challenges Steven Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Mannus.
The ball is swung over by Graham Carey, clearance by Thomas Scobbie.
Goal scored by Nigel Hasselbaink from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-0 St Mirren.Assist on the goal came from Murray Davidson.
A cross is delivered by Liam Craig, save made by Craig Samson.
Short corner taken by Liam Craig.
Gary Miller takes a shot. Lee Mair gets a block in.
Foul by Gary Miller on Graham Carey, free kick awarded. Jim Goodwin crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Effort on goal by Kenny McLean from 20 yards. Steven Anderson gets a block in.
Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line, comfortable save by Craig Samson.
Gregory Tade takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Mair.
The ball is swung over by Thomas Scobbie, Lee Mair makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Steven Thompson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Liam Craig.
Jim Goodwin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade. Jim Goodwin receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Millar, clearance by Marc McAusland.
The ball is delivered by David MacKay, Liam Craig takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Centre by David van Zanten, save made by Alan Mannus.
Kenny McLean has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Gregory Tade concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim Goodwin. Paul Dummett takes the free kick.
Kenny McLean delivers the ball.
Kenny McLean sends in a cross, clearance made by Steven Anderson.
Nigel Hasselbaink is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lee Mair takes the free kick.
Lomas always backed Parkin
St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas always knew Sam Parkin would revive his career despite releasing him in January.
Parkin returns to McDiarmid Park on Saturday with St Mirren looking to end his former club's three-match winning streak in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The striker, who scored in a 5-4 win over Ross County last weekend, made two appearances under Lomas after recovering from a broken ankle but could not secure a regular place and was released to allow him to kick-start his career at Queen of the South.
After scoring six goals for Queens, the 31-year-old won a move back to the SPL and Lomas is wary of the powerful striker.
"Sam was very unfortunate at our place," Lomas said. "He was probably, at the time, fifth in line and he was just coming back.
"But I always knew from England that Sam would do a decent job for somebody.
"He is a very good player. Obviously you don't go to Chelsea as a kid if you're not a decent player.
"I always knew he would do well but just at the time, I just couldn't give Sam any game time.
"I felt it was right to give him an opportunity, after missing so much football, to get back playing."
Lomas won the manager of the month award after an unbeaten September but he appreciates the size of the task against St Mirren, who this week lost Paul McGowan to a shoulder injury.
"We have 13 fit senior players this week and we'll have to perform well to get something from St Mirren because they will be coming here thinking this is a winnable game and if they win that going into the international break, it will set them up nicely," Lomas said.
"It's definitely within their capabilities to challenge for the top six if you look at Stevie Thompson, McGowan, Lewis Guy, who I thought I had last year myself. He was up and we had a chance of getting him. He's a decent player who has played Championship football.
"You add Sam Parkin to the mix, (David) van Zanten is a decent full-back, and (Dougie) Imrie. So they have a lot of attacking options and if you want to do well, you have got to score goals in the SPL.
"They like to knock it about, we like to attack, both teams want to attack and get goals. Hopefully it's not a 5-4 and if it is, we come out on top.
"I would take a 1-0 and any sort of result."
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon is not surprised that St Johnstone have recovered from their nightmare start to the season.
Ahead of the Paisley side's visit to McDiarmid Park, Lennon claimed it was only a matter of time before Lomas got it right.
"St Johnstone had a terrific month with Steve rightly getting the manager of the month award," he said.
"They had a horrible start to the season, I feel, because of the such a turnaround and change of personnel, that takes a bit of time and that showed.
"They didn't win in August and then went through September unbeaten, showing the form that got them into the top six last season.
"So it is not surprise to me that, with the quality of players they have, that they have climbed the table.
"As for us, we have won three out of the last four games.
"So we are hitting form ourselves and will try to continue that.
"But I feel we have not hit fifth gear for long periods this season so hopefully we can do that on Saturday."
Lennon will have to plan for the demise of St Johnstone without the services of Paul McGowan.
The Buddies playmaker faces three months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury and will undergo surgery on Monday.
The former Cowdenbeath manager said: "That is now an opportunity for someone else and we have great candidates to step into that role.
"We asked the likes of Dougie Imrie, Gary Teale, Graham Carey, John Robertson and Kenny McLean to step up to the mark and give us what Paul gives us on a weekly basis.
"But we are not a one-man band.
"We just have to change the lyrics a little bit with someone else going in and play a different bit of music, and we look forward to that."
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