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Paul McQuade crosses the ball, Michael Duberry makes a clearance.
Sam Parkin leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Maybury.
Liam Craig fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-2 St Johnstone.Assist by Collin Samuel.
Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Anderson. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Chris Millar, Jure Travner makes a clearance.
Gareth Wardlaw goes off and Paul McQuade comes on.
Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, Collin Samuel takes a shot. Save made by Craig Samson.
The ball is delivered by Cleveland Taylor, John Potter gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by David van Zanten, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Cleveland Taylor sends in a cross, clearance by Darren McGregor.
Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Paul McGowan results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Cleveland Taylor, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Paul McGowan. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger. Daniel Grainger takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc McAusland on Collin Samuel. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball, Michael Duberry has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Liam Craig goes into the referee's book. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Liam Craig. Paul McGowan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on David MacKay. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Patrick Cregg goes off and Kenneth McLean comes on. (St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Collin Samuel coming on for Peter MacDonald. Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Gareth Wardlaw results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Jure Travner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Millar. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.
David van Zanten delivers the ball, clearance made by Michael Duberry.
Unfair challenge on Jody Morris by Patrick Cregg results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Anderson.
Sam Parkin has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Jody Morris from the right by-line.
Daniel Grainger takes the outswinging corner, Liam Craig takes a shot. Save made by Craig Samson.
David MacKay crosses the ball, clearance by Marc McAusland.
Cleveland Taylor fouled by Jure Travner, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Parkin.
Liam Craig delivers the ball.
Michael Higdon scores a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-1 St Johnstone.Unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Liam Craig results in a free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jody Morris by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Booking for Patrick Cregg for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Steven Anderson.
Cleveland Taylor crosses the ball.
Peter MacDonald booked. Foul by Peter MacDonald on Steven Thomson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
Sam Parkin finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. St Mirren 0-1 St Johnstone.Assist by David MacKay.
Effort on goal by Paul McGowan from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
Jody Morris produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is crossed by Steven Thomson, blocked by Steven Anderson.
David van Zanten crosses the ball, Chris Millar gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside against Peter MacDonald. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald by Jure Travner. Jody Morris restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. John Potter takes the free kick.
David MacKay takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger.
A cross is delivered by Cleveland Taylor, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.
Patrick Cregg fouled by Peter MacDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
The referee penalises Peter MacDonald for handball. Darren McGregor takes the free kick.
Cleveland Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Murray Davidson.
The ball is sent over by Jure Travner, Peter Enckelman makes a comfortable save.
The ball is delivered by Chris Millar, clearance made by Marc McAusland.
A cross is delivered by Liam Craig.
David MacKay sends in a cross, Marc McAusland fouled by Sam Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Higdon challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jody Morris.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Cregg on Murray Davidson. Michael Duberry takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by David van Zanten, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Daniel Grainger sends in a cross, Liam Craig takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save.
The ball is delivered by David MacKay, clearance by Marc McAusland.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Grainger, Peter MacDonald takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a comfortable save.
Michael Duberry challenges Gareth Wardlaw unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Thomson, Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on David MacKay. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is crossed by David van Zanten.
Steven Anderson is booked. Steven Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thomson. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Higdon challenges Steven Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Duberry takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Chris Millar.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Steven Anderson.
The referee blows for offside against Gareth Wardlaw. Steven Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Peter MacDonald misses to the left of the target.
Chris Millar delivers the ball.
Shot by Steven Thomson from outside the box goes over the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Paul McGowan, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.
Steven Thomson fouled by Sam Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Patrick Cregg, clearance made by Sam Parkin.
Corner taken by Paul McGowan from the right by-line, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Liam Craig gets a block in.
Centre by Gareth Wardlaw, blocked by Peter MacDonald.
Jody Morris booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Morris on Steven Thomson. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Marc McAusland crosses the ball, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Michael Higdon. Jody Morris takes the free kick.
Centre by David van Zanten, Peter Enckelman makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Parkin on Patrick Cregg. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Liam Craig.
Peter MacDonald produces a left-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
Close range effort by Jure Travner clears the crossbar.
Darren McGregor produces a cross, save made by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David MacKay by Paul McGowan. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.
Peter MacDonald crosses the ball.
Chris Millar challenges Jure Travner unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Patrick Cregg, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
The game gets underway.
The first half comes to an end.
The second half kicks off.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Higdon back to boost Saints
Michael Higdon returns from suspension for St Mirren's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Johnstone at New St Mirren Park.
The Saints striker missed the last game against Hamilton a fortnight ago after being sent off against Motherwell.
Manager Danny Lennon believes one plus point from the recent adverse weather which caused the postponement of all last week`s SPL games is that David Barron, Stevie Thomson, Stevie Robb and Paul Gallacher have all been able to improve their fitness.
Lennon insists the match deserves to go ahead after all the work put in by the Paisley club this week.
Snow and ice hampered preparations for the match, with the Buddies boss forced to ask his squad to make their way through hazardous conditions to train indoors at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre near Hampden for most of the week.
The New St Mirren Park pitch was never in real danger but Lennon was delighted that the fixture beat the weather after Saints cleared the areas surrounding their ground with a snow plough to the satisfaction of the local police.
"There has been a lot of effort put in behind the scenes down at the ground," he said.
"Also, the boys have made a tremendous effort to get to training this week.
"The players were in cars for three and four hours at a time to get here but we've not had one call-off.
"We are delighted with that so we hope to get our rewards for the efforts made this week.
"Being selfish, you want your players to get a game of football but the most important thing is the surrounding areas for the public. That has got to be the key thing this weekend.
"There is not really a problem getting the pitches okay in the SPL because of their undersoil heating.
"But clubs belong to the people and it's only right that they are first and foremost looked after in these situations.
"But the game is going ahead and we are all delighted."
Saints lost 2-1 at McDiarmid Park in September but can go above Derek McInnes' side with a win.
Jamie Adams is suspended for St Johnstone but Dave Mackay and Peter MacDonald return to the squad after missing the 0-0 draw at Hibernian.
Scott Dobie missed the Hibs match with a knee injury, while Graeme Smith, Kevin Moon, Graham Gartland and Martin Hardie remain on the sidelines.
Craig leaves it late
Liam Craig's late strike gave St Johnstone a dramatic 2-1 victory over St Mirren in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at New St Mirren Park.
The battle of the Saints came to life in the second half after Sam Parkin gave the visitors the lead in 53 minutes with a bullet header but Michael Higdon levelled in the 62nd minute with a 25-yard free-kick.
A draw looked on the cards but with a few seconds remaining Craig grabbed a dramatic winner when he sidefooted past Craig Samson from just inside the box after being set up by substitute Collin Samuel.
It was St Johnstone's second win of the season over the Buddies but they would have left Paisley glad of an early Christmas present after an evenly-fought match.
The visitors won 2-1 when the teams meet at McDiarmid Park earlier in the season but Derek McInnes' men went into the game only two points clear of Danny Lennon's much-improved team.
Higdon returned from suspension to replace Aaron Mooy while Perth side showed three changes to their line-up.
Defender David Mackay, midfielder Craig and striker Peter MacDonald came in for Alan Maybury, Cleveland Taylor and Samuel, who all started on the bench.
With Higdon back partnering the equally robust Gareth Wardlaw in attack, a back-to-front approach was expected from St Mirren.
And just after a minute the former got a header on target from a searching Patrick Cregg free-kick although his effort was easily saved by Peter Enckelman.
What followed thereafter was not pretty as a strong wind hampered both sides in their attempt to get the ball down and play.
In the 19th minute Higdon drove Paul McGowan's low corner from the right powerfully towards goal only to see Craig clear off the line at the near post.
Moments later, at the other end, MacDonald's left-footed effort from the edge of the box flew wide.
There was little of note until the 34th minute when Enckelman made a great point-blank save at his near post from Higdon's header after the Englishman had met a David van Zanten cross on the run from the right.
Taylor replaced Murray Davidson two minutes from the break after the St Johnstone midfielder had to go off injured.
Seconds from the interval St Mirren defender Marc McAusland took the ball off the head of Parkin who was poised to meet a Taylor cross, before Mackay's effort was cleared at the post by Steven Thomson.
The Perth side would have been encouraged by the positive way in which they finished the first half and they looked the more purposeful at the start of the second period.
In the 50th minute, after St Mirren skipper John Potter failed to properly clear a cross from Taylor, his McDiarmid Park counterpart Jody Morris drove over the bar but the move brought applause from McInnes on the sideline.
Three minutes later the St Johnstone manager had something more concrete to cheer about when Mackay, using Taylor as a decoy, drove in to the box past McGowan and crossed for Parkin to bullet a header past Samson from six yards.
The home side appeared flustered and moments later Taylor raced on to a Morris pass down the right and his cross was only just missed by MacDonald and then Craig.
But in the 62nd minute St Mirren were level after Higdon was fouled by Perth defender Steven Anderson 25 yards from goal.
The big Paisley striker lined up the free-kick and then drove powerfully past Enckelman.
St Johnstone retaliated and Samson made a great save from a Mackay header before Parkin slipped a shot from the edge of the box inches past the post.
St Mirren substitute Kenny McLean replaced Cregg while Samuel came on for MacDonald as both teams went for the winner. Michael Duberry headed a Danny Grainger free-kick just over and at the other end Enckelman made a fine stop from Van Zanten's angled drive.
But with seconds remaining of normal time Craig grabbed the winner when he steered the ball past Samson after being set up by Samuel and the visitors saw out the three added minutes.
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