Scottish Premiership
St Johnstone2Ross County1

St Johnstone 2-1 Ross County

James McFadden grabbed his first goal for St Johnstone as they beat bottom club Ross County to earn just their third home win of the season.

Brian Graham and Michael O'Halloran both went close before McFadden finally broke the Dingwall men's resistance.

O'Halloran headed against a post before making it two with a turn and shot.

County responded through Jake Jervis and continued to press for an equaliser, but despite going close they could not salvage a point.

Wins have been hard to come by for St Johnstone this season and manager Tommy Wright will have been frustrated at his side's failure to kill the game off.

County, meanwhile, were left to rue a first half performance that lacked the invention and creativity they demonstrated in the second 45 minutes.

Graham could have put Saints ahead inside the opening minutes when he found himself free in front of goal, but his header was off target.

Chris Millar and O'Halloran then both tested Mark Brown before McFadden - who had almost scored direct from a corner - broke the deadlock with a clever bit of play.

The former Scotland striker helped win a corner with delightful skill on the left and, when the set piece was swung in, he turned and fired through a ruck of bodies and into the net.

There were early signs that the visitors were going to be more of a threat in the second half, with County moving the ball about at pace.

But both sides had great chances. First Lee Croft's cross found O'Halloran unmarked at the back post, but somehow he headed off a post with the goal gaping.

Then, while the Saints players looked at each other in disbelief, Jervis raced through only for Alan Mannus to deflect his shot wide.

County thought they should have had a penalty when Filip Kiss hit the deck, but play raged on and O'Halloran held off a defender before turning and lashing a shot into the net.

The deficit was halved just minutes later though as Jervis bundled the ball over the line.

County were growing in confidence and Kiss ended a sweeping move by firing over. But, despite continuing to press, they could not find a second.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 2Mackay
  • 6Anderson
  • 5Wright
  • 24EastonBooked at 32mins
  • 22CroftSubstituted forCaddisat 76'minutes
  • 7Millar
  • 4LappinBooked at 42minsSubstituted forDavidsonat 68'minutes
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 17McFaddenBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMillerat 85'minutes
  • 14Graham

Substitutes

  • 11Morgan
  • 15Banks
  • 16Caddis
  • 18Davidson
  • 19Miller
  • 20Brown
  • 31Easton

Ross County

  • 21Brown
  • 36IrvineBooked at 84mins
  • 5Boyd
  • 43Quinn
  • 12Reckord
  • 40GardyneSubstituted forCardleat 59'minutes
  • 8BrittainBooked at 74mins
  • 26WoodsSubstituted forKissat 59'minutes
  • 23CareyBooked at 36mins
  • 30DingwallSubstituted forBoyceat 78'minutes
  • 9Jervis

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 7Cardle
  • 10Kiss
  • 15Arquin
  • 16Boyce
  • 18Frempah
  • 25Toshney
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
2,776

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home4
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 2, Ross County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 2, Ross County 1.

Attempt missed. Jamie Reckord (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Attempt blocked. Jake Jervis (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by David Mackay.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Gary Miller replaces James McFadden.

Booking

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Liam Caddis (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Ross County).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Liam Caddis.

Attempt blocked. Graham Carey (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone).

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Filip Kiss (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Liam Boyce replaces Tony Dingwall.

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Liam Caddis replaces Lee Croft.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 2, Ross County 1. Jake Jervis (Ross County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Boyd.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Lee Croft.

Booking

Richard Brittain (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 2, Ross County 0. Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Attempt blocked. Joe Cardle (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Murray Davidson replaces Simon Lappin.

Foul by Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone).

Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

Attempt saved. Jake Jervis (Ross County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Lee Croft.

Attempt blocked. Joe Cardle (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Brian Easton.

Foul by Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone).

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Brian Easton (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tony Dingwall (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Filip Kiss replaces Martin Woods.

goal

As It Stood

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1Celtic139222791829
2Inverness CT1492322121029
3Dundee Utd1491425151028
4Hamilton1483327141327
5Aberdeen137151917222
6Dundee145541917220
7Kilmarnock146261619-320
8St Johnstone145271217-517
9Partick Thistle124351716115
10Motherwell143110924-1510
11St Mirren1422101025-158
12Ross County1422101331-188
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