4 December 2004 – Partick Thistle 0 St Johnstone 4 – Steven Anderson’s first Saints goal

On this day in 2004 St Johnstone travelled to Glasgow to meet Partick Thistle in a League Division 1 match at Firhill.

Manager John Connolly had brought in quite a number of new players during the summer and as he endeavoured to blend the potential of youth with experienced players results were mixed meaning that Saints were in mid table some distance behind leaders Falkirk.

He selected the following team: – Allan McGregor, Steven Anderson, Jordan Tait, David Hannah, Sean Webb, Ian Maxwell, Ryan McCann, Paul Sheerin, Peter MacDonald, Michael Moore, Kieran McAnespie. Subs. Kevin Cuthbert, Chris Hay, Lee Hardy, Stevie McManus, Willie Dyer.

Saints got off to the perfect start opening the scoring in 13 minutes. MacDonald provided a wonderful pass to McCann who took a couple of strides before sliding the ball past the advancing keeper.1 – 0.

Thistle tried hard to get back into the game and McGregor had to make a reflex save to keep the narrow lead intact.

Play then went from end to end until the 34 minute when a lovely move involving Hannah, McAnespie and Tait ended with the full back sending over a perfect cross for Anderson to side foot home for his first Saints goal.

For the rest of the half Saints defence remained resolute under Thistle pressure.

In the second half, McAnespie, McCann, Webb and Moore all had opportunities to increase Saints advantage before MacDonald eventually made it 3 – 0 when he headed home a Sheerin corner kick.

Although outplayed Thistle showed some spirit coming close to getting one back but the shot hit McGregor’s post and stayed out.

Chris Hay was introduced late on and made an immediate impact when he turned a Hannah shot into the net to make it 4 – 0.

The attendance was 2,945.

Whilst a comprehensive victory this proved to be a rare highlight in an otherwise disappointing season.

Oddly enough, however, when the teams met again at Firhill in April, Saints also won 4 – 0.

2004/05 was Steven Anderson’s first season for Saints and has since gone on to be a fixture in the defence for a number of subsequent Managers.

“Ando” has made 243 starts plus 25 sub appearances and scored 5 goals. He is presently in 13th position in the St Johnstone all time appearances record only 5 matches behind the late Don McVicar.

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