Managers at odds on Ross County win over St Johnstone

Highlights - Ross County 1-0 St Johnstone

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas was baffled by a 1-0 defeat at Ross County but home boss Derek Adams was convinced the victory was fully merited.

"I think we bossed the game from start to finish," Lomas told BBC Scotland.

"I think, for a neutral watching that game, there was only one team that wanted to play football."

But Adams countered: "I thought we dominated the entire match and St Johnstone didn't really trouble [goalkeeper] Mark Brown."

County stretched their unbeaten run to seven games thanks to a superb strike from Ivan Sproule on 11 minutes.

Saints dominated for long spells after the break but could not find a way past Brown.

However, Adams did not think his keeper was overly worked.

"I didn't see any saves at all really," he added. "A couple of shots that were into him, but he didn't make any outstanding saves.

"I don't think St Johnstone troubled us at all with the attacking options they had."

Sproule, who recovered from a hamstring injury to take part in the match, has scored four goals in four games since his move north from Hibernian.

"He's done very well," said Adams. "He's been a very good signing for us.

"This is probably the strongest side we've had at Ross County.

"We've only lost seven games out of 26, and we're just delighted to be competing."

St Johnstone arrived in Dingwall with increased confidence, having eased to a 3-1 win at Hibs on Monday.

And Lomas was hugely frustrated to have lost that momentum.

"We tried to pass it and move it, but all credit to Ross County - they got the early goal and they're difficult to break down," he said.

"I think we can feel very aggrieved that we didn't get something from this today.

"I can't fault my players' effort and I can't fault them wanting to play football in the right manner.

"In terms of territory and possession there was really only one team in it. In every stat going, we had the upper hand.

"It tells you something when their goalkeeper's man of the match and you're away from home."

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