Tommy Wright not surprised at St Johnstone form

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland in Dingwall
David Wotherspoon
David Wotherspoon (number 10) scored two first half goals for St Johnstone

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright pointed to the togetherness in his squad as the reason his side managed to produce a last gasp winner as they defeated Ross County 3-2 in Dingwall.

It was a seventh straight away victory in all competitions and extended their unbeaten run to seven matches.

Dave McKay struck a wonderful free kick late on to seal victory after County came from two goals down to level.

"It's not unique. We've been doing it for a while," Wright told BBC Scotland.

"The lads really are first and foremost good footballers but they're really good people as well. Good characters on and off the pitch.

"They're just a unique group of people who get on really well together and have great belief in each other and that's been the core of what we've done for he last few years, not just today.

"It means on days like this when it looks like you could possibly lose the game, you turn it round on its head."

David Wotherspoon's double had St Johnstone in control, but Liam Boyce and a Murray Davidson own goal brought the sides level.

"We showed what we're about, we dug in deep," said the St Johnstone manager. "A betting man would think Ross County would go on and win the game. We made sure that didn't happen."

St Johnstone closed the gap on third placed Hearts to just one point, with the Tynecastle side's match against Inverness CT postponed.

Their next task is a home tie against Celtic and Wright concedes his side are getting more recognition this season.

'We're getting more attention because of the number of goals we're scoring," he explained. "We finished fourth last year and because we only scored 34 goals it was organised and hard to beat.

"This year we've caught the eye because of the number of goals we've scored. That might actually be more, I think we're up to 35 now.

"That's pleasing and good but we're still a small team and small club that can cause a few surprises every now and then."

Murray Davidson (second left)
Andrew Davies's effort deflected off Murray Davidson (second left) to equalise for Ross County

County manager Jim McIntyre was pleased with the response his side produced after a catastrophic early concession when goalkeeper Gary Woods blasted the ball off David Wotherspoon and watched the ball sail into his net.

"Obviously Gary knows he's got to deal with that and get the ball away," said McIntyre. "It gave St Johnstone a major lift. I thought our reaction after that was excellent."

McIntyre did not doubt his players were capable of coming back after Wotherspoon's curling effort just before half -time put his side further adrift.

"We know they've got plenty of character and substance," he said. "We got ourselves back in the game. We made a tactical change as well and I think that helped us.

"It's that consistency during a match where we're having periods in the match where we're doing a lot of things right.

"At this moment in time we're going through a spell where the players are performing in periods but when the opposition has their period we seem to be losing goals and we need to eradicate that."

This week, McIntyre cited St Johnstone as a club many sides should look to as an example to follow. He reiterated that after today's result.

"(They) are a model of consistency and they deserve to be where they are because they've proven it year after year. That's what we're trying to become."

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