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Match Report: St.Johnstone 0-0 Inverness Caley Thistle

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That early pressure almost paid dividends when on ten minutes Johnny Hayes left Craig and Maybury in his wake and let fly from the corner of the box, beating the Saints ‘keeper Mannus his shot cannoned of the base of the post and to safety.

Its testament to Inverness that St Johnstone were of sync and didn’t have any attacks worthy of note until the 18th minute when Francisco Sandaza chased a ball into the box, but even then it was comfortably gathered by Tuffey.

Just after the half hour mark the Saints again had a chance on the counter as Tudur Jones was slack in the middle of the pitch allowing the home side to drive forward quickly, but again failing to test Tuffey.

St.Johnstone were dealt a blow on the half hour as Croft pulled up with a hamstring strain and had to be substituted for Moon.

The second half started with a flurry for St Johnstone as they had some good early pressure in the half which saw debutant referee Kevin Clancy forced to make the biggest call of the day as Sandaza rounded Tuffey and was about to slot home from five yards, before Golobart seemed to bundle him to the ground. Saints were looking for a penalty, but for the second week in a row Steve Lomas’ men were to be denied.

Unfortunately that penalty denial seemed to unsettle the young referee and his decisions crept towards the more bizarre as the game continued.

The only other incident of note in the second half, was when Cillian Sheridan pounced on a slip by Golobart to race down the right flank hitting the by-line, before pulling the ball back to set up Sandaza who from six yards out fluffed his shot when everyone was staking their mortgage on the Spaniard to hit the back of the net.

All in all this was a quite woeful affair in which Inverness’ physical approach stifled the Perth Saints creativity and one which both managers will be glad to come away with a point.

St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Maybury, Morris, Anderson, McCracken, Millar, Croft(Moon), Craig, Sheridan (Haber), Sandaza.

Subs not used: Enckelman, Adams, Oyenuga, Hutchinson, Keatings.

Inverness CT: Tuffey, Tokely(Williams), Tudur Jones, Hayes, Tansey, Foran, Golobart, Shinnie, McKay(Tade), Gillet, Meekings.

Subs not used: Mathieson, Ross, Proctor,Morrison, Doran.

Attendance: 3326

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