Dean Shiels and Cillian Sheridan were both sent off for simulation as Kilmarnock and St Johnstone drew a blank at Rugby Park.

Alan Mannus saved a penalty from Shiels and the Killie forward was booked for going in too hard for the rebound.

On 75 minutes he was shown his second yellow card for a dive, while Sheridan, booked earlier for kicking the ball away, went the same way late on.

Killie striker Dieter Van Tornhout hit the crossbar with a first-half header.

Aside from the two red cards, there were few talking points at St Johnstone stay in fourth place in the Scottish Premier League, one point better off than Hearts.

The visitors from Perth had the best of the first-half in terms of play, with Liam Craig testing Killie keeper Cammy Bell with an early free-kick from 25 yards.

Moments later, from Lee Croft's cross from the right, Kilmarnock defender Michael Nelson's clearance cannoned off Sheridan from close range and fortuitously ended up in the arms of Bell.

In the 16th minute, after a great cross from Croft found no takers in the Killie box, the home side almost took the lead when they threatened for the first time.

When Danny Racchi whipped the ball into the box from the right, Van Tornhout crashed his header off the bar before Saints defender David McCracken cleared.

St Johnstone continued to be profligate and Craig mis-kicked high and wide after Sandaza's chip found him alone at the back post and under no pressure.

In the 37th minute Shiels escaped the Saints defence for the first time to cut the ball back across the six-yard box, forcing former Killie defender Frazer Wright to clear.

Shiels then turned sinner after referee Charleston ruled that Callum Davidson had tripped the Gary Harkins in the box following a swift Killie break.

Mannus dived to his right to save a poor penalty, grabbing the ball at the second attempt, with Shiels picking up a booking in his bid to reach the rebound.

In the 50th minute Saints defender Wright did well to clear the ball over his own bar from two yards out, after Killie left-back Ben Gordon had raced on to a Harkins pass before driving across goal.

As play swung from end to end, at times erratically, it looked like one goal would be enough to win the match.

There were few clear-cut chances being created at either end but in the 75th minute Shiels was involved in more drama when he shown a second yellow card for going to ground too easily in the box after going past Dave MacKay, leaving the home side with 10 men.

The latter stages became irritable and fractured and, two minutes from time, Sheridan was shown a second yellow card for simulation inside the Killie box.

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (4)

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Bell
  • 03 Hay (Silva - 81' )
  • 04 Fowler Booked
  • 06 Nelson Booked
  • 19 Gordon
  • 88 Sissoko Booked
  • 08 Kelly
  • 11 Harkins
  • 20 Shiels Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 22 Racchi (Buijs - 83' )
  • 27 Van Tornhout (Dayton - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Letheren
  • 13 Kroca
  • 23 McKeown
  • 07 Silva
  • 09 Buijs
  • 10 Dayton
  • 18 Johnson

St Johnstone

  • 15 Mannus
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Davidson Booked
  • 05 Wright
  • 18 McCracken
  • 07 Millar
  • 08 Davidson
  • 09 Croft
  • 10 Craig
  • 11 Sheridan Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 21 Sandaza (Haber - 73' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Enckelman
  • 12 Maybury
  • 43 Gareth Rodger
  • 16 Robertson
  • 29 McIntosh
  • 22 Oyenuga
  • 23 Haber
Ref: Charleston
Att: 3,768

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

2 3

Corners

5 3

Fouls

13 19

Live Text Commentary

93:30 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:20

Defending throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

90:00 +2:08

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

90:00 +1:38

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

90:00 +1:02

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by James Dayton (Kilmarnock) to centre, header by Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

90:00 +0:41

Attacking throw-in by David Silva (Kilmarnock).

90:00 +0:04

Foul by Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock) on Murray Davidson (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

89:47 Booking

Booking Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock) booked for unsporting behaviour.

89:29

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by James Dayton (Kilmarnock) to near post, clearance by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

88:46

Shot by James Dayton (Kilmarnock) right-footed from left channel (12 yards), blocked by Frazer Wright (St Johnstone).

87:49 Dismissal

Dismissal Cillian Sheridan (St Johnstone) dismissed for second bookable offence.

87:04

Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from left channel, clearance by Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock).

87:04 Booking

Booking James Fowler (Kilmarnock) booked for unsporting behaviour.

87:01 Booking

Booking Marcus Haber (St Johnstone) booked for unsporting behaviour.

85:45

Foul by Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock) on Marcus Haber (St Johnstone).

85:01

Cross by Lee Croft (St Johnstone), header by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

84:21

Foul by James Dayton (Kilmarnock) on Liam Craig (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) from left channel, passed.

83:13

Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) on Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock). Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) from right channel, clearance by David McCracken (St Johnstone).

82:22 Substitution

Substitution Kilmarnock substitution: Danny Racchi replaced by Danny Buijs (injury).

81:51

Cross by Lee Croft (St Johnstone), weak shot by Cillian Sheridan (St Johnstone) drilled right-footed from right channel (18 yards), missed right.

80:51

Cross by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock), clearance by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

80:51 Substitution

Substitution Kilmarnock substitution: Garry Hay replaced by David Silva (tactical).

80:40

Foul by David MacKay (St Johnstone) on Garry Hay (Kilmarnock).

80:01

Defending throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

78:36

Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone) on James Dayton (Kilmarnock). Free kick crossed left-footed by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock) from right channel, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken short by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

77:58

Cross by Chris Millar (St Johnstone), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

76:07

Defending throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

75:35

Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) on Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by James Fowler (Kilmarnock) from right channel, passed.

75:05 Dismissal

Dismissal Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) dismissed for second bookable offence.

73:43

Cross by Lee Croft (St Johnstone), shot by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) drilled right-footed from right channel (18 yards), over the bar.

73:12

Foul by Marcus Haber (St Johnstone) on Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.

72:25 Substitution

Substitution St Johnstone substitution: Francisco Sandaza replaced by Marcus Haber (tactical).

72:04

Foul by Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock) on Frazer Wright (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

71:33

Shot by Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock).

71:04

Cross by James Dayton (Kilmarnock), save (caught) by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

70:25

Defending throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

69:50 Booking

Booking Cillian Sheridan (St Johnstone) booked for unsporting behaviour.

69:20

Cillian Sheridan (St Johnstone) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.

68:51

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

68:30

Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone) on James Dayton (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) from right channel, passed.

67:55

Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from right wing, clearance by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

67:55 Booking

Booking Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) booked for unsporting behaviour.

67:27

Foul by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) on Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone).

66:44

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

66:29

Cross by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock), clearance by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

65:17

Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone) on James Dayton (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by James Fowler (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.

64:17

Foul by David MacKay (St Johnstone) on Garry Hay (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) from left channel, resulting in open play.

63:52

Defending throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

62:49

Cross by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

62:19

Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) on Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock). Free kick crossed right-footed by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) from left channel, clearance by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

61:34 Substitution

Substitution Kilmarnock substitution: Dieter Van Tornhout replaced by James Dayton (tactical).

61:01

Foul by Danny Racchi (Kilmarnock) on Murray Davidson (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) from left channel, resulting in open play.

60:09

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

59:16

Cross by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock), header by Danny Racchi (Kilmarnock) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

58:44

Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

57:57

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

57:25

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

57:13

Defending throw-in by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).

57:09

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

56:11

Foul by Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) on Dieter Van Tornhout (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by James Fowler (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed.

55:59

Attacking throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

55:47

Attacking throw-in by Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone).

55:14

Danny Racchi (Kilmarnock) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by David McCracken (St Johnstone) from own half, passed.

53:46

Defending throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

53:15

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

52:23

Foul by Cillian Sheridan (St Johnstone) on Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.

51:52

Foul by Cillian Sheridan (St Johnstone) on Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.

50:20

Cross by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock), clearance by Frazer Wright (St Johnstone). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) to centre, clearance by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

49:46

Attacking throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

49:09

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

48:52

Attacking throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

47:50

Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) on Garry Hay (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken left-footed by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed.

47:23

Cross by Lee Croft (St Johnstone), clearance by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

46:50

Defending throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

46:36

Attacking throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

46:15

Defending throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

45:19

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Lee Croft (St Johnstone) to centre, clearance by Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock).

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:37

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) to centre, clearance by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

45:00 +0:46

Handball by Liam Craig (St Johnstone). Free kick curled right-footed by James Fowler (Kilmarnock) from right channel (30 yards), clearance by Lee Croft (St Johnstone).

45:00 +0:27

Foul by Cillian Sheridan (St Johnstone) on Garry Hay (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) from left channel, passed.

45:00 +0:06 Booking

Booking Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) booked for unsporting behaviour.

44:37 Penalty

Power penalty taken right-footed by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) (bottom-left of goal), save (caught) by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

43:30 Booking

Booking Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) booked for unsporting behaviour.

43:29

Foul by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) on Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock).

42:45

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).

42:07

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) to centre, resulting in ball out of play.

40:31

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

39:45

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

39:19

Defending throw-in by Danny Racchi (Kilmarnock).

38:15

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

37:59

Attacking throw-in by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock).

37:32

Danny Racchi (Kilmarnock) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

36:28

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock).

35:14

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

34:45

Defending throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

33:57

Foul by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) on Cillian Sheridan (St Johnstone). Free kick crossed right-footed by David MacKay (St Johnstone) from own half, save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

33:36

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

33:31

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

32:58

Cross by Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone), shot by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) mishit right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

32:32

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

32:15

Shot by Dieter Van Tornhout (Kilmarnock) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left.

32:09

Goal kick taken short by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

31:21

Cross by Danny Racchi (Kilmarnock), shot by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) volleyed right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.

31:02

Cross by Dieter Van Tornhout (Kilmarnock), resulting in open play.

30:26

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

30:15

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

29:46

Attacking throw-in by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock).

28:35

Shot by Lee Croft (St Johnstone) drilled right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

28:22

Defending throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

27:38

Cross by Lee Croft (St Johnstone), save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

26:13

Foul by David McCracken (St Johnstone) on Dieter Van Tornhout (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock) from right wing, passed.

25:36

Foul by David MacKay (St Johnstone) on Dieter Van Tornhout (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken left-footed by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock) from left channel, passed.

25:17

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

23:34

Foul by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) on Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from right channel, passed.

23:08

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

22:38

Foul by Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone) on Garry Hay (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.

22:30

Defending throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

22:07

Shot by Cillian Sheridan (St Johnstone) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

21:42

Attacking throw-in by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

21:07

Foul by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) on Callum Davidson (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) from left channel, passed.

20:09

Foul by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) on Callum Davidson (St Johnstone). Free kick crossed right-footed by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) from own half, clearance by Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock).

19:45

Cross by Danny Racchi (Kilmarnock), resulting in open play.

19:17

Cillian Sheridan (St Johnstone) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.

19:08

Cross by Liam Craig (St Johnstone), resulting in open play.

17:54

Foul by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock) on Murray Davidson (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from right channel, cross by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone), save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

16:43

Attacking throw-in by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock).

15:51

Cross by Danny Racchi (Kilmarnock), header by Dieter Van Tornhout (Kilmarnock) from centre of penalty area (12 yards),

14:52

Cross by Lee Croft (St Johnstone), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

14:24

Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

13:25

Foul by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) on Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from left channel, header by Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) from left side of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.

12:59

Shot by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) drilled right-footed from left channel (30 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

11:07

Defending throw-in by Dean Shiels (Kilmarnock).

9:05

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

7:02

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

6:24

Defending throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

5:57

Foul by Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone) on Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.

5:18

Cross by Garry Hay (Kilmarnock), save (caught) by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

4:53

Attacking throw-in by Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock).

4:06

Defending throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

3:30

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

3:18

Cross by Lee Croft (St Johnstone), clearance by Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock).

2:54

Attacking throw-in by Lee Croft (St Johnstone).

0:48

Foul by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) on Francisco Sandaza (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from left channel (30 yards), save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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