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3 Talking Points From LASK 1-1 St. Johnstone

St. Johnstone travelled away to Austria to play LASK last night with a Europa Conference League group stage place up for grabs in the first leg of the tie.

[Chris Kane is hauled down]

St. Johnstone remained without David Wotherspoon which meant that the extremely quick duo of Middleton and O'Halloran started on the wings which caused plenty of problems for LASK's defence.

Saints took the lead through a Chris Kane goal on 17 minutes which was virtually identical to the one he scored in the Scottish Cup semi-final win over St. Mirren - with Middleton grabbing the assist once again as his lovely ball through was poked in by the St. Johnstone number 9.

[St. Johnstone celebrate taking the lead]

Murray Davidson had the chance to put us 2-0 up when he had a free header straight into the goalies hands inside the box - either side and it was a goal.

Middleton had the biggest chance to double St. Johnstone's lead however, as O'Halloran drove the ball of the field with extreme pace and drew the defenders in. He then laid it off to the 21 year old whose first touch let himself down while 1-on-1 with the keeper and ended up dragging the ball wide of the goal under pressure from the goalie.

LASK managed to draw the game level on 60 minutes following an uncharacteristic and unnecessary Jamie McCart rash challenge in the box gave the home side a penalty which Karamoko despatched into the bottom left corner.

[LASK equalise from the spot]

Here are 3 Talking Points From LASK 1-1 St. Johnstone:

What a Team Performance

St. Johnstone were excellent to a man yesterday and as a team put in an incredibly shift. Despite a few sticky periods where LASK grew into the game Saints managed to battle on and looked comfortable at this level.

Standout individual performances from Murray Davidson, Chris Kane and Liam Gordon were all superb as the trio put an immense showing on. They can all be proud of how they played last night and Callum Davidson will be one happy man.

LASK's manager Dominik Thalhammer said: "It was disgusting to play against them"

[LASK manager Thalhammer was not impressed with his side]

If St. Johnstone can play like that next Thursday then there is a serious chance of going through to the Europa Conference League group stage!

So Close to a Historic Victory

Although from a neutrals view a draw would have been a fair result and LASK certainly had chances of their own, St. Johnstone really could have won the game.

[O'Halloran contends for the ball]

Ali McCann went close not long after Kane's opener, Middleton had a golden chance to score but got the ball caught under his feet and Davidson's free header went straight at the keeper.

On another day we go 2-0 up and go on to win the game but as it goes, we miss a huge chance and they go up the other end and score. An opportunity missed but one that could be corrected next Thursday.

Davidson will be proud of his team who certainly played beyond expectations.

LASK Are a Handy Side - But They Are no Galatasaray

In the build-up to this fixture there were shouts that LASK were a better side than Galatasaray and whilst in some elements - including European form - this may have been true, overall they are certainly not as technically gifted.

[The game was more of a scrap than a siege]

LASK created some chances, played some decent football and certainly are not to be dismissed however, they are no one to be feared.

This doesn't mean that Saints should turn up on Thursday expecting to roll them over but it does mean that we had a lot more of the ball and had freedom to attack which wasn't always the case against the Turkish giants.

They are a formidable foe but this isn't David and Goliath. Saints can win this tie!

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