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St Johnstone 2-0 Partick Thistle

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at McDiarmid Park

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.

Dave Mackay (centre) is mobbed by his teammates after giving St Johnstone the lead
The Saints players crowded Mackay in celebration after the skipper's goal

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.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Mannus
  • 2Mackay
  • 5Wright
  • 6AndersonBooked at 65mins
  • 24EastonSubstituted forScobbieat 82'minutes
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 4Lappin
  • 7MillarSubstituted forBrownat 24'minutes
  • 16Caddis
  • 29O'HalloranSubstituted forMcDonaldat 72'minutes
  • 9MacLean

Substitutes

  • 3Scobbie
  • 8McDonald
  • 14Graham
  • 15Banks
  • 19Miller
  • 20Brown
  • 25Kane

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'DonnellSubstituted forWilsonat 73'minutes
  • 3Seaborne
  • 6Balatoni
  • 30KeenanBooked at 71mins
  • 8Bannigan
  • 18Osman
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forHigginbothamat 59'minutes
  • 10Stevenson
  • 28McDaid
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forEcclestonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fox
  • 7Craigen
  • 13Frans
  • 15Higginbotham
  • 19Eccleston
  • 23Wilson
  • 26Lindsay
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
2,994

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home5
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Johnstone 2, Partick Thistle 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 2, Partick Thistle 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by David Mackay.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone).

  7. Post update

    Nathan Eccleston (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Tam Scobbie replaces Brian Easton because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone).

  10. Post update

    Declan McDaid (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Scott Brown (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

  13. Post update

    Gary McDonald (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Wilson replaces Stephen O'Donnell.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Gary McDonald replaces Michael O'Halloran.

  18. Booking

    Dale Keenan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Dale Keenan (Partick Thistle).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen22152536201647
2Celtic20143338122645
3Dundee Utd21132642281441
4Inverness CT2113263021941
5Hamilton22123738241439
6St Johnstone2110291921-232
7Kilmarnock2183102127-627
8Dundee226883336-326
9Partick Thistle205692525021
10Motherwell2152141438-2417
11St Mirren2242161738-2114
12Ross County2125142043-2311
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