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  • Scottish Premier League
  • 28 November 2012, 7:45pm
  • McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance: 3,266
St JohnstoneSt JohnstonevHibernianHibernian
01
  • Cairney, 82

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Match ends, St Johnstone 0, Hibernian 1.

90+3 mins:Second Half ends, St Johnstone 0, Hibernian 1.

90+3 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

90+3 mins:Substitution, Hibernian. Shefki Kuqi replaces Leigh Griffiths.

90+1 mins:David Mackay (St Johnstone) is shown the red card for fighting.

90+1 mins:Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

90+1 mins:Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick.

90 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Liam Caddis replaces David Robertson.

87 mins:Substitution, Hibernian. Ivan Sproule replaces Paul Cairney.

86 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

86 mins:Attempt saved. Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Liam Craig.

86 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

85 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink tries a through ball, but Nigel Hasselbaink is caught offside.

83 mins:Paul Cairney (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82 mins:Goal! St Johnstone 0, Hibernian 1. Paul Cairney (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

81 mins:Attempt saved. Liam Craig (St Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

80 mins:Penalty saved! Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

79 mins:Penalty conceded by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian) after a foul in the penalty area.

79 mins:Penalty St Johnstone. David Mackay draws a foul in the penalty area.

78 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. David Robertson replaces Gregory Tade.

76 mins:Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76 mins:Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

76 mins:Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

75 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade tries a through ball, but Gregory Tade is caught offside.

74 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

72 mins:Foul by Ross Caldwell (Hibernian).

72 mins:Gary Miller (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

71 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink replaces Rowan Vine.

69 mins:Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

69 mins:Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

68 mins:Attempt missed. Ross Caldwell (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

67 mins:Substitution, Hibernian. Ross Caldwell replaces Eoin Doyle.

66 mins:Foul by Gregory Tade (St Johnstone).

66 mins:Alan Maybury (Hibernian) wins a free kick.

66 mins:Attempt saved. Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

64 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

64 mins:Offside, Hibernian. Leigh Griffiths is caught offside.

63 mins:Attempt saved. Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved. Assisted by Liam Craig with a cross.

62 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

61 mins:Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60 mins:Corner, Hibernian.

60 mins:Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

60 mins:David Wotherspoon (Hibernian) wins a free kick.

55 mins:Foul by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).

55 mins:David Wotherspoon (Hibernian) wins a free kick.

53 mins:Foul by Frazer Wright (St Johnstone).

53 mins:Jorge Claros (Hibernian) wins a free kick.

53 mins:Gary Miller (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53 mins:Foul by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

53 mins:Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) wins a free kick.

52 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

52 mins:Attempt blocked. David Mackay (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

51 mins:Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

51 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

51 mins:Attempt missed. Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by David Wotherspoon.

50 mins:Corner, Hibernian.

49 mins:Foul by Eoin Doyle (Hibernian).

49 mins:Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

48 mins:Attempt blocked. Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

47 mins:Attempt missed. Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Second Half begins St Johnstone 0, Hibernian 0.

45+2 mins:First Half ends, St Johnstone 0, Hibernian 0.

45+1 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

45 mins:Attempt blocked. Liam Craig (St Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44 mins:Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44 mins:Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

44 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

42 mins:Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

42 mins:Jorge Claros (Hibernian) wins a free kick.

41 mins:Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

41 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

40 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

39 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

39 mins:Attempt blocked. David Mackay (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38 mins:Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37 mins:Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

37 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

35 mins:Foul by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).

35 mins:Paul Cairney (Hibernian) wins a free kick.

34 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Steven MacLean is caught offside.

31 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

31 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

31 mins:Attempt blocked. Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

29 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

27 mins:Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

27 mins:Gary Miller (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

24 mins:Foul by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

24 mins:Eoin Doyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick.

24 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade is caught offside.

22 mins:Attempt missed. Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box.

20 mins:Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

19 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade is caught offside.

18 mins:Attempt blocked. Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17 mins:Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

15 mins:Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone).

15 mins:Jorge Claros (Hibernian) wins a free kick.

14 mins:Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

14 mins:Paul Cairney (Hibernian) wins a free kick.

12 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

8 mins:Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

8 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

4 mins:Foul by Jorge Claros (Hibernian).

4 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish Premier League
  • 28 November 2012, 7:45pm
  • McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance: 3,266
St JohnstoneSt JohnstonevHibernianHibernian
01
  • Cairney, 82

match report

Paul Cairney's late goal gave Hibernian a 1-0 win at St Johnstone on Wednesday, keeping them close to the SPL summit.

The hosts had arguably the better of the opening 79 minutes at McDiarmid Park before the game burst into life when Hibs conceded a penalty, which substitute Nigel Hasselbaink saw saved by goalkeeper Ben Williams.

Saints boss Steve Lomas was sent to the stand by referee Craig Thomson soon afterward and Cairney added to his misery by netting what proved to be the winner after 82 minutes.

Substitute David Robertson was taken off on a stretcher and Saints captain Dave Mackay was shown a straight red card for an altercation with Leigh Griffiths in stoppage time as the hosts' misery was complete.

The victory came as welcome relief for Hibs, who returned to second ahead of Inverness, following successive losses to Dundee and Aberdeen and ahead of the Edinburgh derby with Hearts in the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round on Sunday, while Saints saw their unbeaten three-match run end.

Saints enjoyed more possession early on, but struggled to test Hibs. Rowan Vine shot weakly at Williams before David Wotherspoon attempted to spark proceedings with a neat one-two with Griffiths, only for the return pass to bounce off his knee.

Mackay's free-kick deflected over before Gregory Tade barged by Ryan McGivern and Stevenson on the right and crossed low for Steven MacLean, whose effort was blocked by Alan Maybury.

Paul Hanlon saw yellow for a late trip on Tade, presenting the hosts with another free-kick chance. Liam Craig hit it left-footed from 25 yards and it took a slight deflection before bouncing back off the crossbar.

Saints resumed on the attack, with Tade to the fore once more. A weak McGivern header ran into the path of the striker, who sliced off target.

Vine had a shot blocked by Hanlon before Saints had a fine chance. Craig, on the left, found MacLean, who evaded Stevenson's lunge to shoot low, but too close to the goalkeeper as Williams saved.

With 11 minutes to go, Saints won a penalty. Williams scrambled the ball away from the feet of MacLean, but Hibs failed to clear and as Mackay moved into the box he was tripped by Wotherspoon. The Hibs goalkeeper saved Hasselbaink's resulting spot-kick and the follow-up from Craig before Lomas' frustrations boiled over and he was dismissed from the touchline.

Moments later, Saints went behind as the ball broke for Cairney in the centre of the area and he was able to prod in beyond Alan Mannus.

Robertson departed on a stretcher following a tackle in midfield and there was a dispute between Mackay and Griffiths, whom the Saints captain felt had chased down the ball which had been returned to the hosts.

Mackay was shown a red card as the frenzied finale finished on a sour note for Saints.

team line-up

1Alan Mannus
19Gary Miller
2David Mackay
6Steven Anderson
5Frazer Wright
7Chris Millar
10Liam Craig
8Murray Davidson
23Rowan Vine71
9Gregory Tade78
17Steven MacLean

substitutes

12David Robertson9078
15Jonathan Tuffey
43Gareth Rodger
26Liam Caddis90
11Nigel Hasselbaink71
41Christopher Kane
33Thomas Scobbie

referee

Craig Thomson

team line-up

1Ben Williams
18Alan Maybury
4Paul Hanlon
3Ryan McGivern
14David Wotherspoon
16Lewis Stevenson
20Tom Taiwo
8Jorge Claros
11Paul Cairney87
9Leigh Griffiths93
10Eoin Doyle67

substitutes

29Ross Caldwell67
17Ivan Sproule87
32Shefki Kuqi93
31Sean Murdoch
26Samuel Stanton
24Daniel Handling
36Bradley Donaldson

referee

Craig Thomson

match stats

possession %5148
shots on target51
shots off target24
corners142
tackles won00
offsides51