Match ends, St. Johnstone 2, Partick Thistle 0.
St Johnstone bounced back from consecutive league defeats to earn a comfortable victory over Partick Thistle at McDiarmid Park.
Dave Mackay's deflected strike in the opening stages put Saints ahead before Steven Anderson's header early in the second half sealed the points.
Thistle had chances to get back into the match, but could not find a way past the home defence.
Saints remain in the Premiership's top six, with Thistle lying in ninth.
The home side started on the front foot and duly took the lead after just four minutes.
Captain Mackay strode forward and fired in a shot from just outside the 18-yard box, which took a wicked deflection and crept into the corner of the goal beyond Paul Gallacher.
The opener gave the home side great confidence and Liam Caddis came close to adding a second with a header at the back post that was brilliantly tipped round the post by Gallacher.
Thistle slowly came into the game and were close to an equaliser after 20 minutes.
A corner came in from the left hand side that Ryan Stevenson was able to control before thundering a right-foot shot tagainst the crossbar.
Stevenson was involved in most of Thistle's play going forward but they were struggling to find a way past a stern home defence.
St Johnstone began the second half in the same way they had the first period - with an early goal.
A David Wotherspoon corner from the left side was met by Anderson, who glanced a header into the bottom corner.
Thistle brought on Kallum Higginbotham and Nathan Eccleston and the latter almost reduced the deficit.
The substitute found himself clean through on goal and looked certain to score when he rounded Alan Mannus, but his net-bound effort was brilliantly cleared by Brian Easton covering for his keeper.
Higginbotham then fired a shot wide from 25 yards.
Thistle have not beaten Saints in Perth since 1993 and that poor record was maintained as the home side eased their way to all three points.
- 6AndersonBooked at 65mins
- 24EastonSubstituted forScobbieat 82'minutes
- 7MillarSubstituted forBrownat 24'minutes
- 29O'HalloranSubstituted forMcDonaldat 72'minutes
- 2O'DonnellSubstituted forWilsonat 73'minutes
- 30KeenanBooked at 71mins
- 11LawlessSubstituted forHigginbothamat 59'minutes
- 9DoolanSubstituted forEcclestonat 67'minutes
- Greg Aitken
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 2, Partick Thistle 0.
Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Alan Mannus.
Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by David Mackay.
Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Foul by Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone).
Nathan Eccleston (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, St. Johnstone. Tam Scobbie replaces Brian Easton because of an injury.
Foul by Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone).
Declan McDaid (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Scott Brown (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).
Gary McDonald (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).
Attempt missed. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Wilson replaces Stephen O'Donnell.
Substitution, St. Johnstone. Gary McDonald replaces Michael O'Halloran.
Dale Keenan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.
Liam Caddis (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dale Keenan (Partick Thistle).