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Wright overjoyed as Saints finally hit winning note

St Johnstone 3 Hamilton Academical 2

By Andrew James

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright welcomed his first win of the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign as his side secured a late 3-2 victory over Hamilton.

Saints are still at the foot of the table but substitute Callum Hendry's 89th minute winner secured their first triumph in 10 games.

The Perth side were dominant and Wright maintained it would have been "a travesty" if Saints had not emerged on top.

A David Wotherspoon double overturned Mikel Miller's early lead but Accies drew level six minutes from the end when Steven Davies converted a spot-kick after Murray Davidson handled.

"In terms of the performance the players did everything we asked of them," said Wright.

"It would have been a travesty if we hadn't won that game because we dominated from start to finish. We hit the bar and the post, had so many shots and were camped in their half for long spells of the game. The win was fully deserved. We should have been out of sight long before Callum's goal.

"They showed plenty of character, a team which hasn't won a game in the league yet and you get to the stage when you lose a penalty right at the end, your concern is how they respond. But they responded magnificently."

• Northern Ireland Under-17s lost 2-0 away to Italy yesterday in their qualifying group for the 2020 Euros.

Stephen Frail's side, who lost 4-0 to Turkey in their first game, play their final group clash against Luxembourg on Wednesday.

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