Wright praise for match-winner May

05 August 2013 08:31

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright claims striker Stevie May is already showing signs of living up to his potential just four games into the Perth club's season.

The 20-year-old striker has spent the past 18 months on loan to lower-division sides Alloa and Hamilton developing his skills.

But after grabbing the goal which knocked Rosenborg out of the Europa League, he opened his Scottish Premiership account as Saints kicked-off their top-flight campaign with a 1-0 win over administration-hit Hearts.

It was an impressive display from May as he linked up with striker partner Steven MacLean as well as going head to head with Jambos centre-halves Danny WIlson and Brad McKay.

But there was nothing the Gorgie men could do as he swept home the opener after 26 minutes to secure the points.

And Wright claims his early contribution to the goals for column has justified his faith in the young frontman.

The manager said: "We spoke to Stevie in the summer and told him he would get opportunities this season and that it would be down to him. He has taken his opportunities really well.

"Stevie is someone I rate very highly and I'm not surprised how quickly he has taken his chances. I saw him in training at the end of last season when he came back for 10 days after his spell at Hamilton had ended.

"I have seen other people score goals in the First Division and then do well in the SPL, so I had no real difficulty believing he could cope at this level."

There was concern that referee Steven MacLean might chalk off May's goal after linesman Graham McNeillie flagged for offside against David Wotherspoon but the senior official ruled the midfielder was not interfering with goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald's line of vision.

Source: PA

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