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Wright: Players still fresh

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright was delighted with his side after they began the Scottish Premiership season with a 2-1 win at Ross County.

Wright's side were playing just four days after a trip to Slovakia, where they exited the Europa League, but the manager felt the competitive games his side have been involved in gave them a slight edge.

Goals from Michael O'Halloran and Steven McLean either side of the interval were enough for the victory, Jake Jervis pulling one back for Ross County in the 54th minute.

"It's always nice to get the first win, particularly on the road, and after the tough game we had last week,\" said Wright.

"I thought the players looked fresh and they passed the ball really well.

"We had a couple of scares in the first half and we probably should have done better with their goal, we lost it in midfield a bit too easily.

"At 2-1 you can never be comfortable but I don't think Alan Mannus had many more saves to make.

"Fitness was never an issue, the players were fresh.

\"In terms of pre-season matches, we were probably ahead of County considering the competitive matches we played."

Mannus was a key figure in the win, pulling off fine saves to deny Jervis and the impressive Graham Carey.

And Ross County boss Derek Adams was pleased with the efforts of his team.

"I thought we played well and created a lot of chances," he said.

"We also hit the bar a couple of times and their keeper had some really good saves.

"It is always disappointing to lose any game but overall I was delighted with the performance."