DISASTER: St. Johnstone Cut 7 Points Adrift

St. Johnstone suffered a 3-1 away defeat in Dingwall on Saturday at the hands of Ross County, who have now widened the gap between 10th and 11th place to a whopping 7 points.

[St. Johnstone struggled in Dingwall]


Saints had taken the lead on 24 minutes, with an inviting Sang cross into the area met by Hendry who rose highest, with his header looping over Laidlaw and into the back of the net.

[Hendry heads past Laidlaw]


St. Johnstone did not have the lead for long and were soon pegged back just 11 minutes later, with Charles-Cook taking a deft touch and curling the ball into the back of the net from outside the box to draw his side level.


The sides went into the half-time break on equal terms, with the score sitting at 1-1. The second 45 would be crucial for both sides.


Ross County seized the opportunity with both hands and soon found themselves in front, following a long-throw into the box Charles-Cook volleyed goalwards from a difficult angle, with his strike managing to escape Parish who got a glove to it - but not quite enough to keep it out.


The home side soon doubled their advantage through Hungbo, with the attacker latching onto a loose ball and striking low at goal with a first-time effort, past Parish who could not quite get down quick enough.

[Ross County celebrate making it 3-1]


That was the final nail in the coffin for Saints, who never looked like getting back into the game - with the only team who looked like adding to their tally being 'The Staggies'. A dismal second-half showing too similar to what we have grown accustomed to at times this season.


Zander Clark was a big miss in between the sticks, Elliot Parish is a solid backup Keeper but Clark has been St. Johnstone's best player this season and with him in goals, the scoreline may have been slightly different, although the defence were also incredibly poor for the 2nd and 3rd goals.


Saints struggled to create anything of note in the second half after a promising opening 45 minutes and the heads dropped when a goal down once again. As per @StAnalysis on Twitter - Saints have taken the lead 14 times this season and surrendered it on 9 occasions, which is abysmal.


Saturday was a huge chance for progress, to make the last few weeks of decent results and performances count and close the gap to just a point. However, that opportunity was missed and the chance of escaping a relegation play-off grows slimmer and slimmer.


Final Score: Ross County 3-1 St. Johnstone


What Did Callum Davidson Have to Say?


"First half we were quite pleased, I thought we were comfortable.


"I knew the second half was going to be huge in our season and to lose the goals from a long throw and a long ball is defensively very poor. As a group collectively, it wasn't good enough."


[Callum Davidson to BBC Sport]


Overall, Saturday's game could not have gone much worse for Saints and it now means that the Perth club are all but locked in a battle with Dundee for 11th place, with the 'Dark Blues' losing 4-0 at home to Livingston one of the few positives of the day.

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