Scottish Premiership
St Mirren0St Johnstone1

St Mirren 0-1 St Johnstone

Steven MacLean's first-half volley gave St Johnstone victory in Paisley and left St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership's relegation play-off spot.

MacLean converted David Wotherspoon's cross after a concerted period of pressure from the Perth side.

Michael O'Halloran was prevented from scoring a second for the visitors by Jason Naismith's timely challenge.

Paul McGowan and Josh Magennis threatened for the Buddies but the hosts could not carve out an equaliser.

And, with Ross County drawing with Aberdeen, St Mirren trail the Dingwall side by three points point and are two off Partick Thistle, who host Celtic on Wednesday.

The home team at St Mirren Park had started brightly against top-six St Johnstone, John McGinn's strike drawing a save from goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

St Mirren captain Steven Thompson headed just over and, moments later, Mannus was relieved to see Conor Newton's deflected shot spin onto the roof of the net.

St Johnstone came into the match and O'Halloran could not direct either of his efforts on target after being presented with two decent shooting opportunities.

Back at the other end, Darren McGregor nodded just over for the hosts.

St Johnstone players celebrating
MacLean (centre) is congratulated for his goal

The opening goal arrived when MacLean freed himself at the back post to connect well with Wotherspoon's corner.

The side from Perth were playing their second match without Tommy Wright in the dugout, with the manager recovering from gallbladder surgery.

And they were keen to finish the match as a contest early in the second half when O'Halloran got away a shot only for Naismith to make a last-ditch tackle.

McGowan tested Mannus and Magennis had a header cleared off the line by Steven Anderson as St Mirren toiled.

There were further chances for St Johnstone to add gloss to the scoreline, including O'Halloran being denied by substitute keeper Chris Dilo after he had replaced Marian Kello at the interval.

But, in the end, one goal proved to be enough as Scottish Cup semi-finalists St Johnstone consolidated sixth position, having already made sure of a top-half finish at the weekend.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 28KelloSubstituted forDiloat 45'minutes
  • 22Naismith
  • 18Kelly
  • 24NewtonSubstituted forWyldeat 45'minutes
  • 4McGregor
  • 14McAusland
  • 16Magennis
  • 11McLean
  • 9ThompsonBooked at 77mins
  • 10McGowanSubstituted forTealeat 68'minutes
  • 7McGinnBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 2van Zanten
  • 6Goodwin
  • 12Campbell
  • 21Teale
  • 30Dilo
  • 39Wylde
  • 99Djemba-Djemba

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 19Miller
  • 2Mackay
  • 12DunneBooked at 78mins
  • 23ClancySubstituted forWrightat 45'minutes
  • 6Anderson
  • 22Croft
  • 7MillarBooked at 57mins
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forMayat 86'minutes
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 10WotherspoonSubstituted forCreggat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Cregg
  • 5Wright
  • 8McDonald
  • 11Hasselbaink
  • 15Banks
  • 17May
  • 25Iwelumo
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
2,817

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, St Mirren 0, St Johnstone 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St Mirren 0, St Johnstone 1.

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Steve May replaces Steven MacLean.

Foul by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Chris Dilo.

Attempt saved. James Dunne (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

Attempt blocked. Chris Millar (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Patrick Cregg replaces David Wotherspoon.

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

Booking

James Dunne (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by James Dunne (St Johnstone).

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

Foul by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

Gary Miller (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Teale replaces Paul McGowan.

Lee Croft (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gregg Wylde (St Mirren).

Attempt saved. Michael O'Halloran (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Michael O'Halloran (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Booking

Chris Millar (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Chris Millar (St Johnstone).

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic3026316081
2Aberdeen3018481558
3Motherwell301839657
4Dundee Utd3014881850
5Inverness CT291469648
6St Johnstone3113513644
7Hibernian3181013-1134
8Kilmarnock318617-1630
9Ross County318617-1730
10Partick Thistle3061113-1529
11St Mirren317618-2227
12Hearts305619-306
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