When St Johnstone meet Ross County in the Scottish Premiership at McDiarmid Park tomorrow it will be only the 7th time that the teams will have met in the various formats of the competition.
Our Premier League/Premiership record is : –
P6 W2 D2 L2 F9 A6
The first meeting in the top flight was a tousy match at Victoria Park on 22 September 2012 which Saints won by 2 goals to 1. This result ended County’s 40 match unbeaten run in League matches at Victoria Park. Liam Craig had put Saints ahead before Rowan Vine was sent off but a late and rare Frazer Wright goal brought the points back to Perth.
Our record at McDiarmid Park in League matches in both Division 1 and Premier League games is better : –
P15 W5 D9 L1 F22 A14.
The only reverse was a 2 – 0 defeat in March 2005 in what would prove to be the final weeks of John Connolly’s tenure as Saints Manager.
Interestingly, the Saints team that day was: – Craig Samson, Steven Anderson, Ross Forsyth, David Hannah, Kevin Rutkiewiz, Ian Maxwell, David Bagan, Paul Sheerin, Peter MacDonald, Robert Sloan, Willie Dyer. Subs: – Kevin Cuthbert, Chris Hay, Stephen Dobbie, David Cowan, Kieran McAnespie.
When the visitors came to McDiarmid Park in September 2013 Saints won convincingly 4 – 0, with Nigel Hasselbaink and David Wotherspoon scoring in the first half. Goals in the second period from Stevie May and Dave Mackay gave Saints a comfortable win. Indeed, had David Wotherspoon converted a first half penalty the margin would have been even greater.
Lets hope that Saints can continue their good home form and secure all three points in the drive to finish in the top 6 places.