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  • Date:17 Aug 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:2,833
  • Hasselbaink (13) Wotherspoon (17)
    May (49) MacKay (61)
Goal!

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92mins

Corner taken by Chris Millar.

91mins

Steven Saunders goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

91mins

Unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Steven Saunders results in a free kick.

89mins

Branislav Micic takes the free kick.

89mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Micic by Chris Millar.

84mins

Tom Scobbie takes the free kick.

83mins

Clearance by Steven Anderson.

82mins

Steven Anderson takes the free kick.

82mins

Rory Fallon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stevie May.

81mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Kettlewell on Chris Millar.

80mins

Ivan Sproule takes a shot. Blocked by Frazer Wright.

79mins

Clearance made by Steven Saunders.

78mins

Shot by Stevie May went over the crossbar.

77mins

Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.

77mins

David Wotherspoon goes off and Liam Caddis comes on.

75mins

Steven MacLean manages to make a clearance.

75mins

Stuart Kettlewell is brought on as a substitute for Steven Ross.

74mins

Clearance by Branislav Micic.

70mins

Mark Brown takes the free kick.

70mins

Foul by Nigel Hasselbaink on Steven Saunders, free kick awarded.

70mins

The ball is sent over by David MacKay.

70mins

Steve Banks restarts play with the free kick.

67mins

Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

67mins

Branislav Micic fouled by Nigel Hasselbaink, the ref awards a free kick.

67mins

Shot by Frazer Wright went wide of the left-hand upright.

66mins

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the left by-line.

65mins

Stevie May takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.

65mins

Shot comes in from Frazer Wright from the free kick. Mark Brown safely holds on.

64mins

Chris Millar comes on in place of Murray Davidson.

64mins

Orhan Mustafi challenges Patrick Cregg unfairly and gives away a free kick.

63mins

(Ross County) makes a substitution, with Orhan Mustafi coming on for Melvin De Leeuw.

62mins

David MacKay hits the back of the net with a direct shot from the free kick. St Johnstone 4-0 Ross County.

60mins

Clearance made by Mark Brown.

60mins

A cross is delivered by David Wotherspoon.

59mins

Shot by Murray Davidson cleared the net.

59mins

David Wotherspoon crosses the ball in from the free kick.

57mins

Melvin De Leeuw makes a clearance.

57mins

David Wotherspoon crosses the ball in from the free kick.

57mins

Ivan Sproule concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Hasselbaink.

55mins

Stevie May takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

54mins

The ball is swung over by Melvin De Leeuw.

53mins

Free kick taken by Tom Scobbie.

53mins

Ivan Sproule gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink.

51mins

The ball is swung over by Melvin De Leeuw.

50mins

Stevie May scores a left footed goal. St Johnstone 3-0 Ross County.The assist for the goal came from Steven MacLean.

48mins

Steven MacLean is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

47mins

A cross is delivered by Stevie May.

45mins

Header at goal by Steven Anderson goes right of the post.

45mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

43mins

David MacKay sends in a cross.

42mins

Murray Davidson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

42mins

Stevie May produces a cross.

40mins

Centre by Nigel Hasselbaink.

39mins

Shot by Stevie May cleared the target.

39mins

Penalty taken by David Wotherspoon saved by Mark Brown. St Johnstone 2-0 Ross County.

38mins

David Wotherspoon fouled by Ben Gordon, the ref awards a Penalty.

38mins

Steven Anderson takes the free kick.

37mins

Patrick Cregg fouled by Melvin De Leeuw, the ref awards a free kick.

35mins

Header by Steven Anderson misses left.

35mins

David Wotherspoon crosses the ball in from the free kick.

34mins

Foul by Steven Ross on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded.

34mins

Clearance made by Murray Davidson.

34mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Graham Carey.

33mins

Free kick taken by Scott Boyd.

31mins

Centre by Melvin De Leeuw.

28mins

Ben Gordon takes the free kick.

28mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Gordon by Nigel Hasselbaink.

27mins

Free kick crossed by Richard Brittain.

27mins

Steve Banks takes the free kick.

26mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rocco Quinn on Frazer Wright.

26mins

Murray Davidson takes a shot. Mark Brown safely holds on.

22mins

Graham Carey restarts play with the free kick.

22mins

Unfair challenge on Ivan Sproule by Nigel Hasselbaink results in a free kick.

19mins

Stevie May takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

18mins

Free kick scored by David Wotherspoon. St Johnstone 2-0 Ross County.

17mins

Scott Boyd is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

17mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Boyd on Stevie May.

14mins

Nigel Hasselbaink scores a right footed goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Ross County.The assist for the goal came from Murray Davidson.

13mins

Free kick taken by Frazer Wright.

13mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frazer Wright by Steven Ross.

11mins

Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

11mins

David Wotherspoon restarts play with the free kick.

10mins

Graham Carey challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

9mins

Richard Brittain takes the free kick.

9mins

Richard Brittain fouled by Patrick Cregg, the ref awards a free kick.

8mins

Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon.

8mins

Rocco Quinn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg.

7mins

The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon.

4mins

Mark Brown takes the free kick.

3mins

Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rocco Quinn.

2mins

Tom Scobbie crosses the ball in from the free kick.

2mins

Ben Gordon concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven MacLean.

Match Preview

Wright confident in back-up plan St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is hopeful of finding a replacement for Stevie May if the striker completes a move to Peterborough. The Posh have so far failed to match the Perth club's valuation of the player, but have yet to drop their interest. If May does seal his departure from Saints, Wright is confident of beating the transfer deadline to fill the void left by the 20-year-old. He said: "We've got a few irons in the fire that we could possibly look at. "A lot would depend on if and when Stevie goes and any fee we would get. "There are still a lot of players out of work so there will be options." There had been suggestions that Peterborough had ended their interest in May, but Wright confirmed talks remain ongoing. He added: "I think there was a tweet from their chairman saying they were no longer interested. "Then we got a phonecall the next day so it's still ongoing. "It's back with them at the minute and there's nothing more to report on it really. "It's not dead in the water yet." St Johnstone play host to Ross County in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday and Wright insists his players are now well over their Europa League disappointment. Saints crashed out of the third qualifying round on penalties to Minsk last Thursday, before taking a point from a goalless draw at Kilmarnock on Sunday. Wright said: "It's well over a week now and we have trained well this week. "I think it was more the physical exertions that they had to put in on the Thursday night which may have led to a poorer performance on Sunday in terms of possession. "But I'm taking nothing away from Kilmarnock, they played really well on the day. "I've no doubts that the players are over their disappointment." He added: "It will be a tough game tomorrow. "Ross County will be looking for their first points, which gives them plenty of motivation. "We are looking to build on what's been a good start for us; a win at home and a draw away from home. "I don't think there are any easy games in the top-flight and tomorrow will be no different." Saints will be without first choice goalkeeper Alan Mannus, who has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury. He will be replaced between the sticks by back-up keeper/goalkeeping coach Steve Banks. Branislav Micic hopes Ross County will get their season up and running at McDiarmid Park. There was no surprise that the Staggies lost on their opening day trip to Celtic. However, more than a few eyebrows were raised when the Highlanders, who achieved a top-six finish last season in their first tilt at the top-flight, crashed 3-1 at home to Partick Thistle at home last week. The Swiss defender, 23, believes it is time for County to get points on the board. "It was a bad performance from the whole team, we have to react in the next game," he said. "It is very important to get the points, it is the third game and we have to take something. "We have a good week in training and are ready to show a reaction. "St Johnstone are a strong side, we know that but we also know our qualities and will show them." Manager Derek Adams was heavily critical of his side after the Jags defeat saying: "I think it's probably the worst performance I've had since I became Ross County manager." The former Motherwell midfielder, however, is expecting his side to bounce back against Saints. "We didn't play well last week against Partick but I have a squad more than capable of doing well this season," he said. "Partick are a side that has just come up, like we came up last season. "They got themselves in front and then we made another mistake to make it 2-0 then it was 3-0 quickly after that. "We didn't defend well enough or create enough openings and if you put those two together you are not going to get a good performance and that's what happened. "When you get in to a winning mentality it is very good. We want to get back to that winning mentality. "It has been a difficult start, away to Celtic and at home to Partick and they don't get any easier throughout the season. "We enjoy going to McDiarmid Park and we are hopeful that we can put on a good performance and take the three points back north. "We are looking to go there and do a lot better than we did last Saturday."

Formation:442Manager: Tommy Wright

St Johnstone

Formation: 451Manager: Derek Adams

Ross County

  • Steve Banks
  • David MacKay
  • Steven Anderson
  • Frazer Wright
  • Tom Scobbie
  • David Wotherspoon
  • Murray Davidson
  • Patrick Cregg
  • Nigel Hasselbaink
  • Stevie May
  • Steven MacLean
  • SUBS
  • Chris Millar
  • Gwion Edwards
  • Liam Caddis
  • Gary Miller
  • Brian Easton
  • Rory Fallon
  • Alexander Clark

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