St Johnstone earned a foremost make a selection in nine Scottish Premiership games – but fully after Simeon Jackson botched a Panenka penalty for backside aspect St Mirren.
The Paisley aspect would recognize moved above Dundee earlier than the 2 meet on Saturday had they shunned defeat, but will rue Jackson’s dreadful scuffed station-kick.
Interior four minutes of that, the Perth aspect led, Chris Kane capitalising on a sloppy Matteo Muzek header to jab in.
St Mirren ended the sport with 10 males after Ethan Erhahon used to be pushed aside.
The 17-year-used noticed pink for an gruesome lunge at Richard Foster and could maybe omit the consult with of Dundee, who live some extent sooner than St Mirren with eight games of the campaign remaining.
St Johnstone, meanwhile, recognize saved their top-six hopes alive, sitting four aspects in the abet of sixth-region Hibernian with three games to the split.
- Response & as it took region
Failings at each ends for St Mirren
In a 5-minute duration manager Oran Kearney would potentially pretty put out of your mind, St Mirren spurned an excellent opportunity from the penalty station after Jason Kerr used to be deemed to recognize barged Brad Lyons. Then Muzek’s error used to be seized upon by the racy-trying Kane.
St Johnstone regarded the extra confident, despite having now not won in nine games in all competitions, and the guests’ frustration in the opening half used to be evident as goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky used to be booked for having too unprecedented to converse to referee Steven McLean.
The followers rallied in an strive effort to decide on St Mirren, who’re in a deadly region in what is their first season abet in the tip flight, and it used to be extra positive from the Paisley aspect in the 2nd half.
Jackson now and then appeared to be on a one-man mission to impact up for his mistake. Change Duckens Nazon made a distinction, too, alongside with his physicality and fired over from a promising region, while Kyle McAllister also went shut.
St Johnstone recognize been now not completed though, and the hosts had a bet to break the sport via Murray Davidson but his touch used to be heavy.
The Paisley team tried again to discover an equaliser but the lack of quality that has left them backside of the desk cost them as soon as extra, as St Johnstone snuffed out any real chance. Erhahon’s sending off used to be appropriate a closing blow.
There are loads of key moments all over a football season – Simeon Jackson’s penalty omit in Perth used to be positively one. There is a time and a region to strive one thing like that, but now not in the warmth of a relegation fight, where magnificent margins can remark to be so decisive.
St Mirren return south maybe with recommendations of what could maybe recognize been, but St Johnstone are abet to winning methods and abet fervent with Hibs in the fight to get a region in the tip half of the desk.
‘We lacked pretty of quality’ – reaction
St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright:“Elated to decide on, but the performance perchance wasn’t what we wanted. There recognize been too many errors and we lacked pretty of quality.
“The major point is Zander Clark saving the penalty – I create now not have faith it used to be a penalty – it keeps us in the sport and doesn’t give them a make a selection.”
St Mirren manager Oran Kearney:“I assumed we regarded very irritated. We undoubtedly huffed and felt sorry for ourselves for the reason that birth had gone in opposition to us and we wasted the first half.
“However it certainly’s aloof in our palms, we have loads of extensive games sooner than us. Video games which would be going to depend on like this, recognize that stage of edge that this had. However we now recognize got to be smarter when we discover into those games.”