Scottish Premiership
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St Johnstone 1-0 Partick Thistle

Danny Swanson's penalty earned St Johnstone victory over Partick Thistle and confirmed European football for the Perth side next season.

Swanson netted after he was fouled by Niall Keown, beating Partick keeper Tomas Cerny, who denied Liam Craig and Richard Foster with excellent saves.

The win sealed a third successive fourth-place finish for Saints and confirms a Europa League spot.

The Perth men are nine points clear of fifth-placed Hearts with two to play.

Saints made of the Wright stuff

Danny Swanson
Swanson was downed by Niall Keown in the box for St Johnstone's crucial penalty

There are plenty of St Johnstone supporters who feel manager Tommy Wright does not receive the plaudits he deserves for his achievements in recent years. Working with one of the lowest budgets in the Scottish Premiership, he has once again led his team into continental competition.

Wright has built a squad that can battle for results when necessary but can play a bit as well.

Swanson was the key man against Partick, superbly winning the penalty and converting it himself to ensure the three points stayed in Perth.

The little midfielder, who has scored 15 goals this season, also drew a fantastic second-half stop from Cerny after a powerful run from the half-way line.

Swanson, however, is heading to Hibernian in the summer and the task for Wright over the next few weeks is to try to find a replacement.

Jags have nothing to fear

Partick's Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay is one of the players who should give Partick fans plenty of hope for the future

Partick have suffered consecutive Premiership defeats but the Firhill faithful have little to fear ahead of next season if Alan Archibald can keep this squad together.

The Jags may not have been at their best against Saints but in players such as Adam Barton and Liam Lindsay, they have real quality. The movement up front of Kris Doolan can also pose problems for defences but chances were few-and-far between for the striker.

Lindsay, though, would have scored a last-gasp equaliser had it not been for a goalline clearance by Saints' Tam Scobbie.

Thistle have two home matches left this season - against champions Celtic and second-placed Aberdeen. Few will give them much hope of taking anything but with the home crowd behind them, you can never right them off.

Where is everybody?

Saints boss Tommy Wright
Saints boss Tommy Wright will have to find a replacement for Danny Swanson

The attendance at McDiarmid Park for the visit of Thistle was 3,630 and it begs the question: what does it take for Saints fans to turn up in greater numbers?

The Perth men have finished in the top six for six consecutive seasons and qualified for Europe in each of the last four. Add in a Scottish Cup win in 2013/14, and there are many fans up and down the country that would give their eye teeth for such a record.

Their success on the park can by-and-large be put down to the shrewdness of boss Wright in the transfer market and the solidity of the Saints board, with Steve Brown carrying on the sterling work of his father Geoff.

They may not have many fans turning up but they are an outstanding model of how a club should be run.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 19Foster
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 3Scobbie
  • 24B Easton
  • 10WotherspoonSubstituted forAlstonat 70'minutes
  • 18Paton
  • 26CraigBooked at 67mins
  • 11SwansonBooked at 83minsSubstituted forThomsonat 86'minutes
  • 9MacLeanBooked at 60mins
  • 29Cummins

Substitutes

  • 4Alston
  • 12Clark
  • 15Smith
  • 17Coulson
  • 25Kane
  • 27Thomson
  • 28Gilchrist

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 17Keown
  • 15DevineBooked at 17minsSubstituted forErskineat 45'minutes
  • 5Lindsay
  • 3Booth
  • 14ElliottBooked at 82mins
  • 6Osman
  • 13Barton
  • 19EdwardsBooked at 24minsSubstituted forNisbetat 67'minutes
  • 16AzeezSubstituted forLawlessat 45'minutes
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 7Amoo
  • 10Erskine
  • 11Lawless
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 27Nisbet
  • 30McCarthy
  • 35Ridgers
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
3,630

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Craig Thomson replaces Danny Swanson.

Booking

Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone).

Booking

Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

Brian Easton (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Niall Keown.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

Attempt saved. Paul Paton (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

Paul Paton (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Tam Scobbie.

Attempt saved. Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Liam Craig.

Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone).

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone).

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Blair Alston replaces David Wotherspoon.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Brian Easton.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kevin Nisbet replaces Ryan Edwards.

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone).

Booking

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Niall Keown (Partick Thistle).

Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic363240992574100
2Aberdeen362241066343270
3Rangers361810853411264
4St Johnstone36167134844455
5Hearts361210145549646
6Partick Thistle361012143843-542
7Kilmarnock36914133451-1741
8Ross County36913144355-1240
9Dundee36107193856-1837
10Motherwell3698194165-2435
11Hamilton36614163153-2232
12Inverness CT36513183969-3028
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