Tommy Wright hails players after win over Hearts

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright
St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright praised the reaction his depleted team showed as they secured a well-deserved Ladbrokes Premiership victory over Hearts.

The home side were without Danny Swanson and Ricky Foster following the pair’s on-field dispute at Hamilton on Saturday and the manager made three changes to his starting line-up with Clive Smith, David Wotherspoon and Steven MacLean entering the fray.

Joe Shaughnessy’s header was enough to earn a 1-0 win and Wright said: “Football’s all about doing the right things at the right time, and winning games, and making sure that when your opportunities come along that you take them.

“We’ve taken a good opportunity tonight and I’m a very pleased manager because it’s been a tough week for everybody at the club.”

St Johnstone have opened a five-point gap on Hearts and are now just six points behind third-placed Rangers.

Meanwhile, the game between Motherwell and Hamilton ended in a 0-0 stalemate.