Scottish Premiership
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Inverness CT 0-1 St Johnstone

Liam Craig scores a penalty for St Johnstone against Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Liam Craig held his nerve to give St Johnstone all three points

Inverness were left rueing their failure to make a numerical advantage count as Liam Craig's stoppage-time penalty gave St Johnstone victory.

Saints were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Dave Mackay saw red for a challenge on Carl Tremarco.

The visitors defended well with goalkeeper Alan Mannus rarely tested despite the home side's greater share of possession.

And Craig won and converted a spot-kick to give the visitors all three points.

Tommy Wright's men maintain their sixth-place position in the table and open up a four-point gap over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

St Johnstone started brightly and Murray Davidson flicked wide a Graham Cummins cross.

St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay is sent off against Inverness
Dave Mackay (far right) was sent off at the Caledonian Stadium

Their creativity waned, however, and Caley Thistle goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams hitting a clearance against Steven MacLean was their only other first-half attacking highlight.

Inverness manager John Hughes described last week's second-half performance as the worst he had seen since coming to the club and it took 35 minutes for their first meaningful attempt at goal when James Vincent connected with Tremarco's low cross but his shot was blocked.

And only a skilful intervention by Michael O'Halloran denied Tremarco a shooting opportunity after he was sent clear into the box.

The first half was underwhelming but the second opened with controversy as Saints captain Mackay was ordered off for a firm challenge on Tremarco.

Referee Don Robertson was well placed to make the call but St Johnstone were clearly aggrieved by the decision to send the defender off.

The visitors maintained a goal threat with O'Halloran trying to make the most with every pass that came his way and his replacement Chris Kane almost scored with a long-range effort.

Inverness may have dominated possession but they rarely dominated the last third.

And, after Devine took down Steven MacLean's replacement Craig in the box, the midfielder sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from 12 yards to take the three points back to Perth.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2Raven
  • 14DevineBooked at 90mins
  • 6MeekingsBooked at 86mins
  • 3Tremarco
  • 16Tansey
  • 20PolworthSubstituted forSutherlandat 88'minutes
  • 4Vincent
  • 22Christie
  • 19WilliamsSubstituted forVigursat 71'minutes
  • 39Storey

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 17Horner
  • 27Vigurs
  • 37Sutherland

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 6Anderson
  • 2MackayBooked at 47mins
  • 3ScobbieBooked at 66mins
  • 8Davidson
  • 4Lappin
  • 22Fisher
  • 18CumminsSubstituted forEastonat 53'minutes
  • 29O'HalloranSubstituted forKaneat 78'minutes
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forCraigat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 16Caddis
  • 24Easton
  • 25Kane
  • 26Craig
  • 27Thomson
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
3,471

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 0, St. Johnstone 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, St. Johnstone 1.

Booking

Danny Devine (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 0, St. Johnstone 1. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty St. Johnstone. Christopher Kane draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Danny Devine (Inverness CT) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by James Vincent (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. David Raven (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Alisdair Sutherland replaces Liam Polworth.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Liam Craig.

Booking

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Tam Scobbie (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

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

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Christopher Kane replaces Michael O'Halloran.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Iain Vigurs replaces Danny Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Liam Craig replaces Steven MacLean.

Foul by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tam Scobbie (St. Johnstone).

James Vincent (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Darnell Fisher (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Vincent (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

Attempt missed. Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Brian Easton replaces Graham Cummins.

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic118212691726
2Aberdeen128131813525
3Hearts127232014623
4Ross County125341814418
5Hamilton125341614218
6St Johnstone125252319417
7Dundee124441821-316
8Kilmarnock124351421-715
9Inverness CT123451115-413
10Motherwell12327915-611
11Partick Thistle12246915-610
12Dundee Utd11128921-125
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