Match preview: Ross County v Saints

St. Johnstone return to league action tomorrow afternoon when they face Ross County at Victoria Park. The trip to Dingwall comes a week on from last Saturday's home defeat to Partick Thistle, a result which saw Saints bow out of the Scottish Cup. Adam Barton's goal after 7 minutes secured a 1-0 victory for visitors Partick. Micheal Coulson returns to the squad after featuring in the development squad's midweek fixture. However, Paul Paton misses out through suspension and Ally Gilchrist remains sidelined through injury.

10 points seperate St. Johnstone and Ross County heading into the match. Saints, who sit fifth in the Scottish Premiership table, could go level with fourth placed Hears with 3 points in Dingwall. Equally, Ross County could end the day in the top six with a victory. The two sides have met twice already this season, most recently in November when Ross County won 4-2 at McDiarmid Park. However, Saints were the victors in their last visit to Victoria Park, winning 2-0 in October 2016.

St. Johnstone have been in impressive form away from home this season, with only league leaders Celtic holding a better record on the road. St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is hopeful of another victory on Saturday to cement Saints' place in the top six.

"We may have opened a big gap between us and sixth place, but we haven't achieved a top six finish yet and we can't be complacent," said Wright.

"We want to keep looking upwards and putting pressure on the fourth placed side.

"Ross County are a difficult outfit to play against, we need to make it difficult for them to get all three points on Saturday."

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