Craig blunder gifts County point

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An own-goal from Liam Craig handed Ross County a point
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An own-goal from Liam Craig handed Ross County a point

Liam Craig's own goal gifted Ross County a share of the spoils in their 1-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League game with St Johnstone.

St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay put the hosts in front with a neat finish five minutes into the second half at McDiarmid Park.

However, Craig diverted Iain Vigurs' shot into his own net 20 minutes from time.

Home manager Steve Lomas made two changes to his side, with Steven Anderson returning to the defence after missing the previous week's 1-1 draw at Celtic. He replaced David McCracken, who suffered a broken cheekbone early in that game, while Gregory Tade was also handed a start in place of the benched David Robertson.

Visiting manager Derek Adams made one enforced change following last weekend's 3-0 defeat at Kilmarnock, with the suspended Rocco Quinn's place in the starting XI being filled by Sam Morrow.

St Johnstone created the first chance of the game on three minutes when Tade failed to connect properly with Nigel Hasselbaink's cross and put it harmlessly wide. Anderson then headed over from Craig's free-kick.

Visiting captain Richard Brittain volleyed wide of the left-hand post on 25 minutes after his side did well to retain possession in the box, while moments later Craig came equally close at the other end, heading off target at close range from Callum Davidson's pass.

The best effort of a goalless first half came just before the break when Steven MacLean unleashed a rising shot from outside the box which Michael Fraser had to stretch to tip over the bar.

St Johnstone took the lead five minutes into the second half when Mackay met MacLean's pass and cut inside Marc Fitzpatrick on the right side of the box and tucked a neat finish in at the near post. The hosts almost doubled their lead two minutes later when Tade cut inside on the left and linked well with MacLean, but his shot was blocked on the line.

Brittain then deceived the home defence with a quick free-kick to Vigurs on the left of the box, and his shot deflected in at the near post off the outstretched leg of Craig as he attempted to clear with 20 minutes remaining.

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