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Corner taken by Chris Millar.
Steven Saunders goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Steven Saunders results in a free kick.
Branislav Micic takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Micic by Chris Millar.
Tom Scobbie takes the free kick.
Clearance by Steven Anderson.
Steven Anderson takes the free kick.
Rory Fallon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stevie May.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Kettlewell on Chris Millar.
Ivan Sproule takes a shot. Blocked by Frazer Wright.
Clearance made by Steven Saunders.
Shot by Stevie May went over the crossbar.
Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
David Wotherspoon goes off and Liam Caddis comes on.
Steven MacLean manages to make a clearance.
Stuart Kettlewell is brought on as a substitute for Steven Ross.
Clearance by Branislav Micic.
Mark Brown takes the free kick.
Foul by Nigel Hasselbaink on Steven Saunders, free kick awarded.
The ball is sent over by David MacKay.
Steve Banks restarts play with the free kick.
Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Branislav Micic fouled by Nigel Hasselbaink, the ref awards a free kick.
Shot by Frazer Wright went wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the left by-line.
Stevie May takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
Shot comes in from Frazer Wright from the free kick. Mark Brown safely holds on.
Chris Millar comes on in place of Murray Davidson.
Orhan Mustafi challenges Patrick Cregg unfairly and gives away a free kick.
(Ross County) makes a substitution, with Orhan Mustafi coming on for Melvin De Leeuw.
David MacKay hits the back of the net with a direct shot from the free kick. St Johnstone 4-0 Ross County.
Clearance made by Mark Brown.
A cross is delivered by David Wotherspoon.
Shot by Murray Davidson cleared the net.
David Wotherspoon crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Melvin De Leeuw makes a clearance.
Ivan Sproule concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Hasselbaink.
Stevie May takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Melvin De Leeuw.
Free kick taken by Tom Scobbie.
Ivan Sproule gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink.
Stevie May scores a left footed goal. St Johnstone 3-0 Ross County.The assist for the goal came from Steven MacLean.
Steven MacLean is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
A cross is delivered by Stevie May.
Header at goal by Steven Anderson goes right of the post.
Corner from the left by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.
David MacKay sends in a cross.
Murray Davidson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
Stevie May produces a cross.
Centre by Nigel Hasselbaink.
Shot by Stevie May cleared the target.
Penalty taken by David Wotherspoon saved by Mark Brown. St Johnstone 2-0 Ross County.
David Wotherspoon fouled by Ben Gordon, the ref awards a Penalty.
Patrick Cregg fouled by Melvin De Leeuw, the ref awards a free kick.
Header by Steven Anderson misses left.
Foul by Steven Ross on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Murray Davidson.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Graham Carey.
Free kick taken by Scott Boyd.
Centre by Melvin De Leeuw.
Ben Gordon takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Gordon by Nigel Hasselbaink.
Free kick crossed by Richard Brittain.
Steve Banks takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rocco Quinn on Frazer Wright.
Murray Davidson takes a shot. Mark Brown safely holds on.
Graham Carey restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ivan Sproule by Nigel Hasselbaink results in a free kick.
Stevie May takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Free kick scored by David Wotherspoon. St Johnstone 2-0 Ross County.
Scott Boyd is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Boyd on Stevie May.
Nigel Hasselbaink scores a right footed goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Ross County.The assist for the goal came from Murray Davidson.
Free kick taken by Frazer Wright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frazer Wright by Steven Ross.
David Wotherspoon restarts play with the free kick.
Graham Carey challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Richard Brittain takes the free kick.
Richard Brittain fouled by Patrick Cregg, the ref awards a free kick.
Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon.
Rocco Quinn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg.
The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon.
Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rocco Quinn.
Tom Scobbie crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Ben Gordon concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven MacLean.
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."
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