Ross County picked up their first win in six Scottish Premiership video games with a slender victory in opposition to St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
Iain Vigurs’ curling free-kick evaded everybody within the field and crept into the nook to place County in entrance earlier than the break.
It proved to be the winner, as St Johnstone struggled to spark into life.
Scott Tanser’s close-range effort off the bar was the closest they got here as they misplaced for the second recreation in row.
Ross County stay fifth regardless of victory, whereas St Johnstone drop to eighth, two factors from the foot of the desk.
County’s defending has been their Achilles heel for everything of their Premiership return, conceding two objectives per recreation on common since promotion in 2018-19.
But they managed to comprise St Johnstone on their very own patch with relative ease, regardless of creating little themselves.
It was a case of deja vu for Callum Davidson’s aspect as they put in an identical efficiency within the defeat by Motherwell final week.
They created the higher probabilities however did not take them, with one lapse of focus proving expensive.
Jason Kerr and Ali McCann did not convert from teasing crosses to the back-post with the sport goalless, they usually additionally had a declare for a penalty turned down when McCann’s cross appeared to strike the arm of Vigurs within the field.
Callum Hendry and David Wotherspoon additionally flashed pictures simply huge.
But when trailing after the break they toiled to style clear alternatives. Tanser’s shot on the angle off the bar got here after good mixture play from Danny McNamara and Kerr, however that was one in all few moments of high quality.
Ross Laidlaw managed to disclaim Murray Davidson from shut vary with simply two minutes remaining.
As the second half went on County turned content material to sit down deep and defend their very own field, and had been totally justified in doing in order they held on for a morale-boosting win.
Man of the match – Iain Vigurs
What did we be taught?
Ross County can defend. Routinely picked out for being weak on the again – with loads of justification – all three of their victories this season have been by a 1-Zero scoreline. Coll Donaldson and Alex Iacovitti had been aggressive in defending their very own field and stood as much as a late siege.
As for St Johnstone, they’ve now misplaced three of their 4 dwelling matches with out scoring and had been once more wasteful in entrance of aim. They lack a predatory striker, and should discover a goal-scoring contact in the event that they wish to keep away from a relegation tussle.
St Johnstone will look to show their type round once they journey to Livingston within the Premiership subsequent Saturday, whereas Ross County host in-form Aberdeen the next day.
- 15McNamaraSubstituted forO’Halloranat 78′minutes
- 5KerrBooked at 21minutes
- 26CraigSubstituted forConwayat 69′minutes
- 10WotherspoonBooked at 13minutesSubstituted forDavidsonat 78′minutes
- 22HendrySubstituted forKaneat 59′minutes
- 2RandallSubstituted forWatsonat 19′minutesBooked at 29minutes
- 43ReidBooked at 82minutes
- 11VigursBooked at 84minutes
- 7GardyneSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 82′minutes
- 24PatonSubstituted forKellyat 86′minutes
Match ends, St. Johnstone 0, Ross County 1.
Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 0, Ross County 1.
Foul by Michael O’Halloran (St. Johnstone).
Ross Stewart (Ross County) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).
Ross Laidlaw (Ross County) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Iain Vigurs.
Foul by Jamie McCart (St. Johnstone).
Iain Vigurs (Ross County) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Ross Laidlaw.
Attempt saved. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the aim. Assisted by Christopher Kane with a headed cross.
Attempt blocked. Scott Tanser (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked.
Michael O’Halloran (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Ross Stewart (Ross County).
Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Alex Iacovitti.
Substitution, Ross County. Stephen Kelly replaces Harrison Paton.
Harrison Paton (Ross County) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).
Iain Vigurs (Ross County) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).