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Steve Lomas admitted his St Johnstone side were below-par in the Highlands
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Steve Lomas admitted his St Johnstone side were below-par in the Highlands

Steve Lomas was pleased to see his St Johnstone side take a point against Inverness Caledonian Caley Thistle in the Highland Capital.

Andrew Shinnie missed a penalty for Inverness before Billy McKay opened the scoring in the 74th minute, but the hosts were denied a fourth straight victory in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League when substitute David Robertson headed home in the second minute of stoppage time.

For Saints boss Lomas, it was relief more than anything else as the Perth club maintained their seven-match unbeaten run in the league.

He said: "The boys stuck at it, so all credit to them because we weren't great. We probably had the better chances in the first half, but it's important in a game that's tight to take those chances.

"However, I'm delighted with the result because we didn't play well, but give Inverness credit. They watched us and had us sussed out before the game. We needed a Plan B, but even that wasn't good enough."

Despite watching Caley Thistle succumb to such a late equaliser, manager Terry Butcher was happy that his side are now seven games unbeaten in all competitions.

He said: "I felt that we had done enough to have won the game. We should have won and we deserved to win. However, one long ball forward into our 18 yard box and we didn't deal with it properly. But St Johnstone are a good, strong side, who are hard to break down.

"I'm delighted with the way the players performed and it shows how far we've come when we're disappointed to have drawn against a side that have won five on the bounce in the SPL."

After Graeme Shinnie had been tripped in the box Andrew Shinnie blazed the spot-kick high over the crossbar. But four minutes later the hosts took the lead through McKay.

Andrew Shinnie found Ross Draper, who flicked the ball on to McKay and the forward buried an angled shot from eight yards, his fifth goal of the season. But the game ended level when a long range ball was headed in by Robertson from close range.

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