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Byline: COMPILED By CRAIG SWAN

ST JOHNSTONE

ALAN MANNUS 7 Beaten at his near post by van Dijk.

DAVE MACKAY 6 Tough shift with Izaguirre and Samaras piling forward.

SANEL JAHIC 5 Bosnian struggled in the first period. Not strong enough at times.

FRAZER WRIGHT 6 Centre-half had a hard time against Stokes's runs. Stuck at it, booked.

BRIAN EASTON 8 Left-back enjoyed a good battle with Matthews and then Forrest.

GARY MILLER 5 Found himself pushed deeper than he wanted with Izaguirre's running.

MURRAY DAVIDSON 6 Scavenged around the midfield looking to win headers and tackles

GARY MACDONALD 6 Unable to get close enough to Brown and Ledley before break.

DAVID WOTHERSPOON 7 Good influence, especially in first half.

STEVIE MAY 6 Wanted a penalty as van Dijk put his arm across him.

NIGEL HASSELBAINK 6 Excellent hold-up play to set up Easton chance.

SUBS GWION EDWARDS 5 Plenty of energy, shot well saved.

LEE CROFT 3 Tidy on the ball when he came on.

CHRIS KANE 2 On for the last 10 minutes.

CELTIC FRASER FORSTER 6 Best stop came from a stinging Edwards drive.

DARNELL FISHER 6 Pushed forward and left one or two gaps but colleagues covered.

VIRGIL VAN DIJK 8 Goal was a thing of beauty.

EFE AMBROSE 7 Nigerian stopper had a tougher second half.

EMILIO IZAGUIRRE 6 Provided a stream of crosses from the left but left plenty of gaps.

ADAM MATTHEWS 6 Had his moments and a shot over before being replaced.

SCOTT BROWN 7 Skipper was hungry in middle of park. Did the unseen jobs well.

JOE LEDLEY 7 Did the simple jobs and also looked to make breaking late runs.

GEORGIOS SAMARAS 6 Brought back into the line-up and never really got into full stride.

KRIS COMMONS 6 Some delightful touches without ever hitting top gear.

ANTHONY STOKES 6 Strike into the net from close range ruled out for offside.

SUBS JAMES FORREST 3 One great run when he came on.

NIR BITON 3 Slotted into centre of the park.

JAMES FORREST 3 On for the last five minutes.

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Date:Dec 27, 2013
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