St Johnstone 2-0 Partick Thistle: Wright targets league ascent

Steven MacLean congratulates Saints scorer Dave Mackay

Tommy Wright says his St Johnstone side are aiming to catch the teams above them in the league, rather than focussing on the teams below.

Saints put two straight league defeats behind them with a 2-0 victory over Partick Thistle at McDiarmid Park.

"That's what we try and emphasise, don't be looking over our shoulder," said Wright, whose side are seven points off fifth-placed Hamilton.

"We've got to keep our standards up right up to the split and beyond."

Goals in either half from Dave Mackay and Steven Anderson sealed the points for the Saints. Wright is pleased to get back to winning ways, but says he was not concerned by the recent dip in form.

"People say we're on the back of two defeats," he explained. "I look at it as two defeats in 10 and try to be positive about it, but when you've lost a couple of games it's important that you start well.

"If we look at the run that we've been on, the majority of games we've started well. It's difficult when a team gets a foothold in the game to get back into it. There's a huge emphasis on starting the game well."

Alan Archibald hopes to bring in some new players this month
Alan Archibald hopes to bring in some new players this month

The Northern Irishman says he hopes to bring in some new players before the January transfer window shuts.

"I'm always hoping to do some business," he said. "I joked today that I haven't seen my chairman since the first of January. He's AWOL!

"We are looking. I think like all clubs we're trying to get deals done. We're looking at a couple of loans, but things can change quickly. Everybody's fit but I would still like to bring somebody in to freshen it up."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald was less than happy with the manner of the goals conceded by his team at McDiarmid Park.

"Bad goals to lose on our part," was his appraisal. "I think we had a chance to clear the first one, obviously play continues and they score with a deflection.

"We had a couple of chances to get back into it. We never took them and then they definitely caught us cold in the second half. They get a set play and we didn't do our jobs so two very disappointing goals from our point of view."

The Jags boss confirmed he too would like to add some new faces to his squad.

"I certainly hope so," he told BBC Radio Scotland. "We're down to the bare bones. We've got a couple of injuries and also suspensions coming up so we need to try and get a couple in but it's very difficult.

"It's a very difficult window to shop in, we know that. I think we only need three players but they're hard to get.

"It's got to be the right ones, you don't want to just panic and take players for the sake of it."

Archibald does not expect Stephen O'Donnell - whose contract expires in the summer - to leave the club in this window, despite receiving a bid from Blackpool for the full-back.

"They made a bid earlier in the week but it wasn't anything near what we're looking for," added Archibald.

"We had to take him off, he got injured today so that'll be the end of that at the moment."

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