Hamilton Accies 2-4 St Johnstone: Saints gain fifth away win on bounce

St Johnstone moved up to fourth in the table with an impressive 4-2 victory over Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park.

The Accies started brightly but couldn’t take advantage of their dominant spell and fell behind as Graham Cummins nodded the Saints in front just before the break.

Wright must have said a few choice words at a half-time because St Johnstone were fired up and made it two shortly after as Cummins followed up Michael O’Halloran’s saved effort.

Saints extended their advantage as McGovern failed to collect a cross and Wortherspoon capitalised slamming home from in the box.

A stunning fourth from Michael O’Halloran had the visiting support up on their feet before Jesus Garcia-Tena made the scoreline a bit more respectful with a terrific free kick and penalty.

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright said: “We were a bit fortunate to go in 1-0 up but we defended well.

“The second half we were much better at 4-0 we could have scored two or three more. It was a great day for us.”

Accies player-boss Martin Canning, who made his first start in six months, said:”It was a strange game I think for the first half we totally controlled the game.

“We didn’t start the second half well and conceded three sloppy goals but it was positive that we got two goals back.”

Scottish Premiership

Celtic stretched the gap to six points in the Scottish Premiership after a 3-1 victory over Aberdeen.

The Dons slip to third as Hearts go second with a 4-0 win against Partick Thistle thanks to doubles from Osman Sow and Juanma.

Motherwell got their first win under Mark McGhee with a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock, while Dundee United stopped the rot with a 1-0 victory over Ross County.

Dundee and Inverness CT shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

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