After a disappointing performance at Tynecastle Saints boss Steve Lomas made two changes to his starting line up, with Hasselbaink coming in for loanee Mehdi Abeid and Chris Millar coming in for suspended Patrick Cregg. Kilmarnock boss Shiels made one change with O’Leary coming in for Mckeown.
The home side started the better of the two teams and passed up several chances against a Kilmarnock side who offered very little to this match, a shot by Gros in the first half there only effort to note in a first half which the visitors seemed more content to pass the ball from side to side giving them little fluidity or punch up front, and it was only the home side lack of guile on front of goal which saw this match end goal less at half time. Surprisingly it was Vine who passed up two glorious chances as he lifted both over the bar when in good positions after a february which had seen him score three in six matches, although the chance of the half fell to MacLean on the half hour mark when he was slipped through one on one with Bell but the goalkeeper was sharp of his line to deflect the shot harmlessly wide.
With the words of manager Shiels ringing in their ears Kilmarnock started the half brightly forcing some good pressure on the home defence but as the second half wore on the punchless Kilmarnock drifted further and further out of the match and it was no surprise when a Craig corner dropped to Murray Davidson to smash home from ten yards to give the home side the lead on the hour mark. The home sides confidence grew and with Kilmarnock a pale shadow of themselves they went on to dominate this match and on 83 minutes substitute Tade gave them a second as he rose in time and space to head the ball past a helpless Bell. A frustrating afternoon for visiting fans as Kilmarnock really were blown away from an under par St Johnstone spelling a worrying future for their top six aspirations, for the men from Perth it was an easier than expected outing putting their own European ambitions back on track.
St.Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, C Davidson, Millar, Anderson, McCracken, M Davidson, Hasselbaink (Abeid), Vine (Tade), MacLean (Edwards), Craig.
Subs not used: Tuffey, Caddis, Doughty, Maddison
Kilmarnock: Bell, Tesselaar (Hay), Fowler, O’Leary, Barbour, Sissoko, Clingnan, Dayton, Winchester (Sheridan), Gross (Boyd), Heffernan.
Subs not used: Lethernan, O’Hara, Raachi, Johnston
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