Draw frustration for Lomas

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Steve Lomas thought his St Johnstone side should have beaten Ross County
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Steve Lomas thought his St Johnstone side should have beaten Ross County

Steve Lomas was disappointed to have to settle for a point after his St Johnstone side drew 1-1 at home with Ross County in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The Perth side took the lead early in the second half thanks to captain Dave Mackay, but his strike was later cancelled out when Liam Craig deflected Iain Vigurs' shot from a quick Richard Brittain free-kick into his own net.

Lomas said: "I think we should have won it, but it's always the way when you don't get that killer second goal - something might just break for the opposition that keeps them in the game, fighting to the very end.

"The double disappointment is that we switched off at a relatively standard free-kick; they got a little bit of fortune with a deflection which beat Alan Mannus, but I thought we should have put the game to bed a lot earlier.

"We had enough chances to win a couple of games and there was some good defending from Ross County as well - but I can't fault the performance and attitude towards the game; we just need to be a little more clinical when we do get chances.

"The performance was good and we went about it the right way - we had to move the ball quickly and passed it well in wide areas, got plenty of crosses in the box and shots on goal, but it's just that killer instinct to get the second.

"I thought if we got the second we might have scored three or four, but if you don't take your chances, it comes back and haunts you."

Ross County manager Derek Adams felt that the draw was a fair result, saying: "I thought it was a physical game and difficult for both sides. We didn't really see a lot of football played, but it was a good point for both sides.

"If we can pick up points and the odd win away, and do well at home, then we'll do fine this season - we've had an excellent start and 16 points is an excellent total from the number of games we've played.

"Our goal was quick thinking from Richard Brittain, who played a good ball inside for Iain Vigurs. St Johnstone could have gone on to win and probably didn't get a break; we had chances at 1-1 to score, but overall I didn't think any team deserved to win."

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