Greg Keelty’s exact second-half end proved to be the winner as St Mirren secured a useful 1–0 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
The midfielder took benefit of Alex Grieve’s minimize to settle an uphill battle as he strikes to the threshold of protection, 8 issues from the Premier League play-off level with 3 video games to head.
Within the period in-between, St. Johnstone failed to reach consecutive house wins and have been not able to get a shot on purpose because of deficient efficiency, leaving them in eleventh position.
The hosts’ beginning line-up confirmed just one distinction from Saturday’s draw with Dundee: as an alternative of Dan Cleary at the again line, Tom Sang was once at the again line.
St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson made 3 substitutions after a 1-0 loss to Hibernian final day out as he seemed to finish a depressing four-game league shedding streak with Kilty, Alex Gogic and Grave shifting into the crew.
In spite of deficient shape, it was once the guests who broke out of the web and took the lead about 30 seconds later when Grave scored, however St. Johnstone’s goalkeeper Xander Clarke fell to his left and made the decisive save.
St Mirren had the house camp early on and Kilty blocked a shot prior to Richard Tate whistled with minimum effort.
St. Johnstone entered the sport and within the twenty second minute struck the primary shot: Callum Hendry well become the field, however his proper foot ignored the purpose.
After a frantic get started, the rest of the primary half of mirrored each groups’ positions within the championship and with what was once at stake, each groups failed to position in combination anything else of observe at the attacking facet.
The second one duration went in the similar path because the guests broke the stalemate within the 53rd minute with one of the crucial first high quality strikes of the fit.
Gogich left Grave with the go a complete inch to the left, and his minimize was once discovered through Kilty, who landed first into the a long way nook.
Mirren seemed to extend their lead and Curtis Maine ignored two times whilst the hosts have been annoyed with the assault and their supporters expressed dismay when referee Andrew Dallas modified his thoughts about Guy’s handball outdoor the penalty house.
Callum Davidson was once subsequent to show his anger at the referee as St Mirren’s Marcus Fraser was once cautioned in the second one duration for a past due take on after dodging a card for the primary handball.
The St Johnstone supervisor made 4 substitutions however he made little have an effect on and, apart from a last-minute header through Jamie McCartt that went huge, the guests performed fairly flippantly and secured a large win.