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McDiarmid Park (ATT 2,213) 15th March 2014 - Kick off 17:30

St J'stone St Johnstone vs Ross County Ross Co

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M De Leeuw (29)

Scottish Premiership: Ross County claim 1-0 win at St Johnstone

Last Updated: 15/03/14 8:12pm

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Melvin De Leeuw (r): Scored the winning goal for Ross County

Melvin De Leeuw (r): Scored the winning goal for Ross County

Ross County claimed a morale-boosting victory at St Johnstone on Saturday, Melvin De Leeuw's first-half goal securing a 1-0 win.

The result lifts County into 10th place in the Premiership, two points above St Mirren who now occupy the relegation play-off place above Hearts.

After a quiet opening, Filip Kiss had the first serious attempt of the evening, his volley flying wide of Alan Mannus' goal.

County went ahead through Dutch midfielder De Leeuw (30) who worked some space before crashing a low shot into the bottom corner.

The home side's best chance of an equaliser before the break fell to Dave Mackay - but the home captain elected to head across the face rather than try to test Mark Brown in the County goal.

David Wotherspoon's dangerous cross produced some anxiety in the County box before Stevie May - hitherto subdued - tested Brown with a powerful overhead kick.

County continued to keep the home side at arm's length until Mackay's deflected shot again brought the best out of Brown.

A linesman's flag ensured Steven Anderson's header deep into injury-time counted for nothing as County held out to claim only their second away win of the season - and three potentially crucial points.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 13 29
2 Inverness CT 14 29
3 Dundee United 14 28
4 Hamilton Academical 14 27
5 Aberdeen 14 25
6 Dundee 14 20
7 Kilmarnock 14 20
8 St Johnstone 14 17
9 Partick Thistle 13 15
10 Motherwell 14 10
11 St Mirren 14 8
12 Ross County 14 8