St Johnstone made it two Scottish Premiership wins out of three with a convincing victory over a listless Ross County at McDiarmid Park.

Nigel Hasselbaink flicked home in style before David Wotherspoon curled in a 25-yard free-kick for the second.

Mark Brown saved Wotherspoon's penalty but Stevie May fired Saints' third.

And Dave MacKay made it four with a nicely struck free-kick to leave County still searching for their first league points of the season.

Key to the Dingwall side's hopes of getting off the mark at McDiarmid Park was the return of their captain Richie Brittain from suspension.

He backed out of a pre-contract move to St Johnstone to remain with County and would not of been surprised to hear boos from the home support upon his every touch.

But they say every cloud has a silver lining, and for Saints it came in the form of midfielder Murray Davidson re-signing for another year to fill the gap in the centre of the park and help make the recent Europa League qualifying loss to Minsk a distant memory.

Nigel Hasselbaink scores for St Johnstone against Ross County

Hasselbaink's skilful finish opened the scoring

It was the 25-year-old who battled brilliantly to evade two challenges before cutting the ball back for Hasselbaink to net in off the post with a wonderful back-heel.

Almost immediately, Scott Boyd was booked for a late challenge on Saints striker May and Wotherspoon curled the resulting free-kick wonderfully into Brown's top corner.

Perth-born Wotherspoon had a fantastic chance to kill off the game from the spot after being fouled by Ben Gordon, however his poor penalty was saved by Brown.

Marauding Davidson runs were becoming a regular occurrence and Hasselbaink put him clean through only to see his shot dragged wide.

The pace, energy and creativity of Hasselbaink, Wotherspoon, Davidson and May were just too much for a visiting team struggling to find their form from last season.

The Staggies would have been relieved it was only 2-0 at half-time, but May soon changed that after the restart as he cut inside to thump a low shot past the outstretched arm of Brown.

That goal will only give Peterborough United - who have had two bids for May rebuffed - more food for thought.

As Saints continued to dominate, Boyd conceded another free-kick on the edge of the box and this time St Johnstone captain MacKay stepped up to guide the ball beyond the keeper.

The home fans had more reason to deride Brittain near the end when his effort sailed high over the bar.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

St Johnstone

  • 15 Banks
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Scobie
  • 05 Wright
  • 06 Anderson
  • 04 Cregg
  • 10 Wotherspoon (Caddis - 77' )
  • 11 Hasselbaink
  • 18 Davidson (Millar - 64' )
  • 09 MacLean
  • 17 May (Fallon - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Clark
  • 19 Miller
  • 24 Easton
  • 07 Millar
  • 14 Edwards
  • 16 Caddis
  • 27 Fallon

Ross County

  • 01 Brown
  • 03 Gordon
  • 05 Boyd Booked
  • 06 Micic
  • 22 Saunders Booked
  • 07 Sproule
  • 08 Brittain
  • 10 Quinn
  • 11 De Leeuw Booked (Mustafi - 63' )
  • 23 Carey
  • 17 Ross Booked (Kettlewell - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Fraser
  • 02 Kovacevic
  • 21 McLean
  • 04 Kettlewell
  • 18 Klok
  • 09 Mustafi
  • 14 Maatsen
Ref: Colvin
Att: 2,833

Match Stats

Shots

17 2

On target

6 0

Corners

5 4

Fouls

9 19

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:17 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +1:23

Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Millar.

90:00 +0:40

Tom Scobbie takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:29

Steven Saunders receives a yellow card.

90:00 +0:29 Booking

Booking

90:00 +0:22

Nigel Hasselbaink fouled by Steven Saunders, the ref awards a free kick.

89:29

David MacKay takes the free kick.

88:21

The ball is crossed by Orhan Mustafi.

88:06

Branislav Micic takes the free kick.

88:01

Chris Millar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Micic.

86:12

Shot by Richard Brittain went over.

83:50

Tom Scobbie takes the free kick.

83:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Steven Saunders.

82:14

Clearance made by Steven Anderson.

81:19

Steven Anderson takes the free kick.

81:09 Substitution

Substitution Rory Fallon is brought on as a substitute for Stevie May.

80:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Kettlewell on Chris Millar.

80:05

Clearance by Steve Banks.

79:50

Ivan Sproule takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Frazer Wright.

78:55

Steven Saunders manages to make a clearance.

77:43

Shot by Stevie May cleared the target.

76:58

Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.

76:44

Corner from the left by-line taken by Graham Carey.

76:25 Substitution

Substitution David Wotherspoon leaves the field to be replaced by Liam Caddis.

75:48

Clearance made by Frazer Wright.

75:00

Clearance made by Steven MacLean.

74:54

Corner from the left by-line taken by Richard Brittain.

74:47 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Kettlewell is brought on as a substitute for Steven Ross.

74:06

Ivan Sproule crosses the ball.

73:32

Branislav Micic manages to make a clearance.

71:20

Mark Brown takes the free kick.

71:09

David Wotherspoon is caught offside.

69:55

Mark Brown takes the free kick.

69:43

Nigel Hasselbaink concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Saunders.

69:35

The ball is crossed by David MacKay.

69:02

Steve Banks takes the free kick.

68:49

Rocco Quinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Anderson.

66:56

Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

66:47

Nigel Hasselbaink challenges Branislav Micic unfairly and gives away a free kick.

66:05

Frazer Wright takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

65:42

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon.

65:30

Clearance by Scott Boyd.

64:46

Stevie May takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

64:15

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Frazer Wright. Mark Brown safely holds on.

63:32 Substitution

Substitution Chris Millar comes on in place of Murray Davidson.

63:11

Orhan Mustafi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg.

62:34 Substitution

Substitution Orhan Mustafi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Melvin De Leeuw.

61:11 Goal scored

Goal! - David MacKay - St J'stone 4 - 0 Ross Co David MacKay finds the net with a shot from the free kick. St Johnstone 4-0 Ross County.

60:31

Scott Boyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Stevie May.

59:39

Mark Brown manages to make a clearance.

59:35

The ball is delivered by Patrick Cregg.

59:18

David Wotherspoon delivers the ball.

58:38

Murray Davidson takes a shot and cleared the bar.

58:28

Scott Boyd manages to make a clearance.

58:17

Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon.

57:41 Booking

Booking

57:41

Melvin De Leeuw shown a yellow card.

57:29

Murray Davidson fouled by Melvin De Leeuw, the ref awards a free kick.

56:55

Melvin De Leeuw makes a clearance.

56:48

Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon.

56:12

Foul by Ivan Sproule on Nigel Hasselbaink, free kick awarded.

54:41

Shot by Stevie May cleared the bar.

54:36

The ball is swung over by Nigel Hasselbaink.

53:56

Centre by Melvin De Leeuw.

53:17

A cross is delivered by Nigel Hasselbaink.

52:42

Free kick taken by Tom Scobbie.

52:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Ivan Sproule.

50:55

Steven MacLean takes a shot.

50:38

Frazer Wright makes a clearance.

50:34

The ball is swung over by Melvin De Leeuw.

49:05

Assist by Steven MacLean.

49:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Stevie May - St J'stone 3 - 0 Ross Co Stevie May scores with their left foot. St Johnstone 3-0 Ross County.

48:39

Clearance by Steve Banks.

48:29

Centre by Rocco Quinn.

47:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven MacLean.

46:49

Stevie May crosses the ball.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

44:44

Header by Steven Anderson misses to the right of the target.

44:36

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

44:06

Steven Anderson delivers the ball.

43:15

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

42:47

The ball is delivered by David MacKay.

41:21

Murray Davidson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

41:04

A cross is delivered by Stevie May.

39:58

Centre by Nigel Hasselbaink.

39:20

David Wotherspoon takes the free kick.

39:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Ross on Tom Scobbie.

38:52

Stevie May takes a shot and cleared the bar.

38:15 Penalty

Penalty taken by David Wotherspoon is saved by Mark Brown. St Johnstone 2-0 Ross County.

37:23

Ben Gordon challenges David Wotherspoon unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

37:04

Steven Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

36:40

Unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by Melvin De Leeuw results in a free kick.

34:11

Header at goal by Steven Anderson to the left of the net.

34:04

David Wotherspoon crosses the ball in from the free kick.

33:48

Steven Ross shown a yellow card.

33:48 Booking

Booking

33:38

Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Steven Ross results in a free kick.

33:18

Clearance made by Murray Davidson.

33:10

Corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line.

32:42

Corner from the left by-line taken by Richard Brittain.

32:15

Scott Boyd restarts play with the free kick.

32:06

Handball by Stevie May.

31:12

The ball is swung over by Ivan Sproule.

30:32

Scott Boyd makes a clearance.

30:09

Centre by Melvin De Leeuw.

28:59

The ball is delivered by Ivan Sproule.

27:29

Free kick taken by Ben Gordon.

27:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Gordon by Nigel Hasselbaink.

27:01

Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.

26:57

Free kick crossed by Richard Brittain.

26:34

Patrick Cregg concedes a free kick for a foul on Melvin De Leeuw.

26:06

Steve Banks takes the free kick.

25:50

Rocco Quinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Frazer Wright.

25:46

Mark Brown makes a clearance.

25:26

Shot by Murray Davidson. Mark Brown catches the ball.

25:11

Tom Scobbie crosses the ball.

23:24

The ball is delivered by Ben Gordon.

21:50

Graham Carey takes the free kick.

21:43

Ivan Sproule fouled by Nigel Hasselbaink, the ref awards a free kick.

19:09

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon.

18:51

Stevie May takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

17:10 Goal scored

Goal! - David Wotherspoon - St J'stone 2 - 0 Ross Co David Wotherspoon finds the net with a shot from the free kick. St Johnstone 2-0 Ross County.

16:30

Scott Boyd receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

16:30 Booking

Booking

16:07

Unfair challenge on Stevie May by Scott Boyd results in a free kick.

13:55

Assist by Murray Davidson.

13:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Nigel Hasselbaink - St J'stone 1 - 0 Ross Co Nigel Hasselbaink slots the ball right footed into the goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Ross County.

13:46

The ball is sent over by Murray Davidson.

13:14

Murray Davidson crosses the ball.

12:32

Frazer Wright takes the free kick.

12:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Ross on Frazer Wright.

10:52

Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

10:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivan Sproule by Nigel Hasselbaink.

10:11

Free kick taken by David Wotherspoon.

9:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Carey on Murray Davidson.

8:57

Free kick taken by Richard Brittain.

8:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Brittain by Patrick Cregg.

7:51

Richard Brittain makes a clearance.

7:45

Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon.

7:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by Rocco Quinn.

6:48

The ball is swung over by David Wotherspoon.

3:22

Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

2:44

Foul by Murray Davidson on Rocco Quinn, free kick awarded.

1:58

Free kick crossed by Tom Scobbie.

1:41

Foul by Ben Gordon on Steven MacLean, free kick awarded.

0:00

The game begins.

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