St Johnstone 0 - 1 Ross County

Match info: Scottish Premiership at McDiarmid Park

Date: 15/03/2014 KO: 17:30 Ref: Att: 2,213

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

St J'stone

0
vs
1

Ross Co

Melvin De Leeuw 29

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: March 15 2014, 21:10 GMT

Post-match reaction to Ross County's 1-0 victory over St Johnstone.

Ross County celebrate against St Johnstone
Ross County celebrate against St Johnstone

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright called for some consistency after a controversial handball decision denied his side a last-gasp equaliser in their Scottish Premiership clash with Ross County at McDiarmid Park.

In the third minute of stoppage time, with the Staggies leading through striker Melvin de Leeuw's 29th-minute goal, Steven Anderson headed in from close range at the second time of asking from a David Wotherspoon free-kick.

The Saints defender's celebrations were cut short, though, by referee Bobby Madden, who chalked it off at the behest of his assistant, Graham Chambers, who deemed that the ball had hit the hand of St Johnstone substitute Chris Iwelumo.

Wright was less than impressed with the decision.

"As far as I am concerned, it has to be deliberate handball," he said after the 1-0 loss.

"It has gone slightly in front of Chris, he has adjusted his position to head it, his hand was there for balance and it hit his hand.

"It is a good spot but, earlier on, when the Ross County player was challenged and he fell on the ball and controlled with his hand, I had asked the reason it wasn't given and was told it wasn't deliberate. So I can't see how he can say Chris's was deliberate."

Anderson said: "I was away celebrating so I thought it was a goal. My reaction was just to head it in.

"I thought Bobby Madden gave it, but obviously the linesman seen (something). It was a good spot. But these things happen."

The William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finalists remain in sixth place - four points ahead of Hibernian and with a game in hand over Terry Butcher's side, who lost to Partick Thistle earlier in the day, but Wright was candid about his team's overall performance.

He said: "It was poor. It was lacklustre. I didn't see it coming given the form we were in.

"To win any game of football, you need eight or nine playing at a decent level. I think we only had two or three, maximum.

"We were outworked in the first half. There were too many mistakes and we didn't compete with them.

"Truth be told, although we did have some good chances in the second half, Ross County deserved to win."

The Dingwall club leapfrogged St Mirren into 10th place - two points clear of the Buddies, who had surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Dundee United at Tannadice earlier in the day.

County boss Derek Adams refuted the idea that his side were given a break with the chalked-off 'goal' and insisted that they deserved their second away win to the season.

He said: "It is not a break. It is a handball. It is a foul. I thought, overall, it was a very good performance.

"I haven't been able to see it but I was told it was a handball and that was the reason it wasn't given.

"It was thoroughly deserved victory and it could have been more."


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