Scottish Premiership
St JohnstoneSt Johnstone2Ross CountyRoss County1

St Johnstone 2-1 Ross County

By Andrew SouthwickBBC Scotland

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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by David Mackay.

  8. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.

  9. Substitution

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

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Irvine (Ross County).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Liam Caddis.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Liam Boyce replaces Tony Dingwall.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

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