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St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

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St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright insists he is satisfied with St Johnstone's start to the season, despite missing out on the opportunity to go second in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The Perth outfit would have been clear in the runners-up spot had they managed a victory over Partick Thistle and at one point during a see-saw Saturday, even a draw would have sufficed.

However, Saints finished a dramatic 90 minutes back in fifth after succumbing to a late sucker punch from Thistle captain Abdul Osman.

The midfielder pounced on a David Amoo cutback in time added on to lash in the winner after Kris Doolan's first-half opener for the Jags had been cancelled out within a minute by Steven MacLean's equaliser.

It was a cruel finish to a week in which St Johnstone had defeated Tayside rivals Dundee and earned a creditable point with a midweek draw at Rangers.

Wright was critical of his team's defending against Thistle but unmoved by talk of passing up the chance to tuck themselves in behind clear leaders Celtic.

The former Northern Ireland goalkeeper said: "That doesn't bother me. We're sitting on 18 points, which is a good start.

"Going into second would have meant nothing to us, I would have been more concerned about having 21 points.

"We know this league is tight, everybody can beat anybody. But there are ways of losing games and we shouldn't have lost it the way we did."

Firhill manager Alan Archibald reserved special praise for his skipper, saying: "We've encouraged him to get further forward.

"He was in the right place at the right time, we're delighted."

Belfast Telegraph