Danny McNamara’s strike gave St Johnstone a Scottish Premiership win over Kilmarnock, in troublesome foggy circumstances.
Craig Conway’s cross was cleared solely so far as McNamara, who smashed the Perth aspect forward.
Either side appealed for penalties, whereas Kirk Broadfoot struck the bar for the guests with a glancing header within the first half.
However Kilmarnock sunk to a 1-0 defeat for the third successive league recreation.
The opening quarter-hour hinted at an exhausting evening for Kilmarnock, who noticed little of the ball and needed to chase down a dominant St Johnstone aspect.
Nonetheless, the Ayrshire aspect’s defence was well-drilled, limiting their hosts to formidable strikes that went far, excessive, and broad. Wild efforts from Craig Conway and David Wotherspoon prompted little concern.
Regardless of barely getting into the St Johnstone half within the opening half hour, the very best probability of the sport fell to Kilmarnock and Broadfoot. The defender didn’t need to even bounce to fulfill a Chris Burke nook, however his glancing header struck the bar.
Set-pieces gave the impression to be the one avenue of attacking risk for the guests, with one other nook resulting in a blocked Nicke Kabamba header, earlier than Greg Kiltie had his effort thwarted.
The away aspect claimed for a penalty, because the ball appeared to strike the arm of McNamara – however the referee waved play on.
St Johnstone would have gone in at half time involved they could fail to interrupt down a cussed defence as soon as extra – a worrying sample this season. However they got here out combating within the second half.
Stuart Findlay lower throughout Conway, drawing claims of a penalty from the hosts, however play was waved on as soon as extra.
Murray Davidson then thought he had headed the guests forward from a floating free-kick, however the linesman flagged for offside.
The opener got here via an excellent McNamara strike, with substitute Michael O’Halloran drawing the goalkeeper out, permitting his team-mate to smash the ball into the aim.
O’Halloran then had a golden probability to place the sport to mattress within the closing minutes, however missed the ball utterly when confronted with an open aim.
It mattered not, as St Johnstone got here out on high of a hard-fought contest in horrible circumstances.
Man of the Match – Danny McNamara
What did we study?
St Johnstone have usually struggled to interrupt the impasse this season. They’ve failed to attain in eight of their 13 Premiership matches – and it appeared this recreation could possibly be heading the identical manner.
However Davidson’s aspect got here flying out of the traps within the second half, and deserved their victory as they received the midfield battle, with Davidson and Ali McCann formidable.
What did they are saying?
St Johnstone supervisor Callum Davidson: “Plenty of our house performances have been comparable, however to get the victory and the three factors was essential for us tonight.
“Once we went ahead we weren’t medical sufficient, however that received higher as the sport went on.”
Kilmarnock supervisor Alex Dyer: “We had been flat. I feel they had been as effectively – it was at all times going to be 1-0 or a mistake and sadly it went to them.
“It was undoubtedly a handball [for the penalty claim], however that is soccer and we have to get on with it.”
St Johnstone host Dundee United of their third match of the League Cup group stage on Tuesday (19:45 GMT) as they purpose to take care of their 100% begin within the competitors. Kilmarnock are trying to find their first win in Group E as they journey to Clyde (19:45).
- 6GordonBooked at 59mins
- 8DavidsonBooked at 65mins
- 10WotherspoonSubstituted forO’Halloranat 67′minutes
- 14MightSubstituted forKaneat 77′minutes
- 24Sales space
- 18WatersSubstituted forWhitehallat 90′minutes
- 6EnergyBooked at 69mins
- 27TshibolaSubstituted forPinnockat 75′minutes
- 10KiltieSubstituted forBrophyat 75′minutes
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Match ends, St. Johnstone 1, Kilmarnock 0.
Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 1, Kilmarnock 0.
Substitution, Kilmarnock. Daniel Whitehall replaces Calum Waters.
Try saved. Craig Conway (St. Johnstone) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Scott Tanser.
Offside, St. Johnstone. Murray Davidson tries a via ball, however Michael O’Halloran is caught offside.
Try missed. Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is shut, however misses to the proper. Assisted by Scott Tanser.
Nook, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Chris Burke.
Try missed. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) proper footed shot from the centre of the field misses to the proper. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross following a set piece state of affairs.
Foul by Scott Tanser (St. Johnstone).
Ross Millen (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the proper wing.
Substitution, St. Johnstone. Christopher Kane replaces Stevie Might.
Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Nicke Kabamba (Kilmarnock).
Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mitchell Pinnock replaces Aaron Tshibola.
Substitution, Kilmarnock. Eamonn Brophy replaces Greg Kiltie.
Foul by Craig Conway (St. Johnstone).
Alan Energy (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Michael O’Halloran (St. Johnstone).
Calum Waters (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Michael O’Halloran (St. Johnstone).