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St Johnstone 1-0 Partick Thistle

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Scottish Premiership highlights: St Johnstone 1-0 Partick Thistle

St Johnstone won their first three Scottish Premiership games for the first time as Partick Thistle lost at McDiarmid Park.

Michael O'Halloran struck to give Saints a half-time lead.

Joe Shaughnessy and Steven MacLean both had efforts saved for the hosts in the first half.

Niall Keown's long-range strike for Thistle was saved by Alan Mannus and the Jags remain without a point in the top flight so far this season.

Saints may have lost to Thistle in a League Cup tie in Perth just 11 days previously but they showed no signs of a hangover as they started the match sharply.

Lining up in 4-1-4-1 formation they sought to get O'Halloran involved as much as possible while Thistle gave a debut to new striker Miles Storey.

The first chance of the game came with Shaughnessy's shot saved well by Tomas Cerny.

Stefan Scougall and Callum Booth
Callum Booth (right) was injured in the second half

At the other end, Steven Anderson was alert to thwart Ryan Edwards. Mannus could only turn away a low Chris Erskine shot, the Thistle player denied his 50th goal for the club, then Anderson prevented Edwards from scoring with a timely interception.

It was a game that needed a spark and it came when Anderson's measured pass was read perfectly by the alert O'Halloran, who shot across the body of Cerny from the edge of the box and clipped the ball home via the post.

Energised by the goal it was almost 2-0 just two minutes later. David Wotherspoon and O'Halloran combined to set up Steven MacLean, who quickly controlled and shot from eight yards only to be denied by a confident reaction save by Cerny.

St Johnstone looked assured at the start of the second half and MacLean saw his early shot deflected wide after good work by Stefan Scougall.

Alan Archibald had to replace Callum Booth with Milan Nitriansky after the left-back was injured in a collision with Mannus but it was the manager's introduction of Kris Doolan and new signing Connor Sammon in place of Edwards and Steven Lawless that altered his side's play as they sought an equaliser.

Keown spotted Mannus off his line and the defender's 40-yard effort forced the goalkeeper to scuttle back and tip the ball over the top.

Miles Storey wanted a penalty after his cross struck Murray Davidson's hand at the edge of the box, the ball clearly playing man, and referee Barry Cook booked the striker for his reaction.

Post-match reaction

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "It was a good team goal with a number of passes and a great through pass by Steven Anderson and a really cool finish by Michael and it was no more than we deserved.

"We worked this week on keeping the ball better and giving people better options on the ball and we did that well in the first half.

"We are still actually the last team to beat [next week's opponents Celtic] domestically albeit under a different manager. At the start of the season if you said that we were going to Celtic for a top of the table clash I'd have taken it."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "In the first half St Johnstone were the better side.

"We didn't look at it in the opening 15 minutes but we got better as the game went on. We lost a poor goal defensively.

"You don't push the panic button but we've not won any and it's bitterly disappointing but it's back to work this week."

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 19Foster
  • 5Shaughnessy
  • 6Anderson
  • 24Easton
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 8Davidson
  • 18Paton
  • 21ScougallSubstituted forThomsonat 71'minutes
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forCumminsat 75'minutes
  • 11O'HalloranSubstituted forCraigat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Tanser
  • 12Clark
  • 26Craig
  • 27Thomson
  • 28Gilchrist
  • 29Cummins
  • 50Hendry

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 14Elliott
  • 5Keown
  • 4Turnbull
  • 3BoothSubstituted forNitrianskyat 60'minutes
  • 6Osman
  • 13Barton
  • 11LawlessBooked at 44minsSubstituted forSammonat 64'minutes
  • 19EdwardsSubstituted forDoolanat 68'minutes
  • 10Erskine
  • 39StoreyBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 7Spittal
  • 8Bannigan
  • 9Doolan
  • 12Scully
  • 15Devine
  • 17Nitriansky
  • 18Sammon
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
3,470

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home3
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Foul by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

Richard Foster (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Liam Craig replaces Michael O'Halloran.

Booking

Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Sammon (Partick Thistle).

Paul Paton (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

Attempt saved. Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Graham Cummins replaces Steven MacLean.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Craig Thomson replaces Stefan Scougall.

Attempt blocked. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Ryan Edwards.

Foul by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Conor Sammon (Partick Thistle).

Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Partick Thistle).

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Conor Sammon replaces Steven Lawless.

Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Milan Nitriansky replaces Callum Booth because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Niall Keown.

Attempt blocked. Steven MacLean (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Second Half

Second Half begins St. Johnstone 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, St. Johnstone 1, Partick Thistle 0.

Foul by Callum Booth (Partick Thistle).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic33007169
2St Johnstone33007259
3Aberdeen33006249
4Hamilton32016336
5Hibernian32017616
6Rangers31114404
7Hearts311124-24
8Motherwell310246-23
9Ross County310235-23
10Kilmarnock300315-40
11Partick Thistle300315-40
12Dundee300327-50
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