MX23RW : Friday, February 28 05:58:30| >> :600:2896486:2896486:
Jan 25, 2020 at 3pm UK at ​McDiarmid Park
Attendance: 2,609
St Johnstone
2-1
Kilmarnock
McCann (7'), Wotherspoon (83')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Burke (22' pen.)

Result: Wotherspoon nabs late winner for St Johnstone over Kilmarnock

Result: Wotherspoon nabs late winner for St Johnstone over Kilmarnock
© Reuters
Killie have now lost seven in a row in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

A late David Wotherspoon strike saw St Johnstone snatch a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock which moves then level on points with their seventh-placed opponents.

It was the ideal result for Perth manager Tommy Wright, who had lost top scorer Matty Kennedy to Aberdeen on Friday night and expressed frustration with the lack of signings sanctioned so far by the club's hierarchy.

Midfielder Wotherspoon's late volley made sure of the points after a hotly disputed Chris Burke penalty had levelled Ali McCann's early opener for Saints.

It stretched Killie's losing sequence to seven Premiership matches under boss Alex Dyer.

St Johnstone secured a seventh-minute advantage when midfielder McCann stretched in the six-yard area to prod home Scott Tanser's teasing cross delivered with pinpoint accuracy from the left flank.

In the 19th minute Perth centre Stevie May dispossessed Alan Power in midfield but defender Stuart Findlay backtracked to thwart his attempt to play in the unmarked Chris Kane.

Killie drew level from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute.

Burke turned marker Callum Booth and referee Alan Muir controversially decided the Saints defender's panic-stricken trip occurred just inside the box.

The Killie winger ignored vehement St Johnstone protests to send goalkeeper Zander Clark the wrong way from the spot.

Two minutes later, a foul on Burke earned Wotherspoon a caution and keeper Clark palmed the attacker's 20-yard free-kick over the crossbar at full stretch.

Then it was Kilmarnock's turn to complain about a refereeing decision, when home midfielder Jason Holt handled in the area without any repercussions.

Minutes after the restart May's glancing header on a Wotherspoon corner was deflected wide of the far post.

In the 61st minute another Wotherspoon corner posed problems for the hemmed-in visitors' defence.

This time, Saints skipper Jason Kerr rose to connect from around the penalty spot but his mistimed header drifted wide.

Killie emerged from their shell to force a corner of their own but Wotherspoon rose to head away Burke's delivery to the front post.

Neither keeper was being overworked but Jan Koprivec had to produce a superb top-corner save 12 minutes from the end to deny Perth substitute Callum Hendry when the youngster unleashed a powerful free-kick from 30 yards.

However, Wotherspoon clinched a vital win for Saints in the 78th minute when his controlled right-footed shot evaded the grasp of Koprivec to nestle in the corner of the net.

body check tags ::
Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
Eamonn Brophy pictured for Scotland in June 2019
Read Next:
Alex Dyer challenges Eamonn Brophy to step up to new competition
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Premier League
Europa League
La Liga
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
League One
Scottish Cup
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Danish Superliga
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
Argentine Primera Division
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Australian A-League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Premier League 2 - Div 2
Qatar Open Semi-Finals
Gallagher Premiership
Super League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool27261064174779
2Manchester CityMan City27183668293957
3Leicester CityLeicester27155754272750
4Chelsea2713594537844
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd27118841291241
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs2711794436840
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27101072925440
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2791263832639
9Arsenal2781363936337
10Burnley27114123339-637
11Everton27106113641-536
12Southampton27104133448-1434
13Crystal Palace2789102432-833
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2787122441-1731
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610113239-728
16Bournemouth2775152643-1726
17Aston Villa2774163452-1825
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2766153248-1624
19Watford2759132443-1924
20Norwich CityNorwich2746172451-2718

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!