By Holly McCormack at McDiarmid Park
Saints suffered defeat in Perth this afternoon, losing 2-1 to St Johnstone. The two managers give their thoughts on the match.
Danny Lennon was disappointed to lose the match after the fighting spirit showed last week: “From the way we took the game to them [St Johnstone] in the first 25 minutes, I thought we were exceptional. We had nothing to show for that and thought it was only a matter of time before the goal was going to come.
“St Johnstone have been in good form at this moment in time. Wee Nigel and Tade do cause defences problems and they get themselves into a two goal lead. We then tried to settle ourselves back down, we were a wee bit shellshocked to find ourselves 2-0 down – never mind 1-0 down although that’s the way football goes.
“We changed one or two things in the second half and I thought the character the boys showed in the way they took the game to St Johnstone, gave us great hope in trying to salvage something out the game. Give the lads a lot of credit, they had the fans and everyone on their seats until the final whistle.”
Throughout the match, Saints had two penalty claims and manager Danny Lennon hopes that decisions like this will even themselves out over the season.
He continued: “It was a good claim for a penalty. Our fans certainly believed it was and they were furthest away from the goal. I respect the decisions though and the difficult decisions from the referees. It’s not went for us today, so hopefully in the balance it will even up by the end of the season.”
Tribute was also paid to the past 135 years of St Mirren and Lennon has hopes that he can continue to build a team for the future.
He said: “To the day – it’s actually 135 years of this wonderful football club. Over the years there has been some great characters and some great glory days. I’m sure with this team that this is a living thing, we’re still evolving all the time and I can say we are on a pathway of progression. There is a long journey ahead of us.”
St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas was pleased to wrap up another three points.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted, we knew St Mirren would be tough and they didn’t disappoint as they passed the ball around well.
“We went 2-0 up and that’s a worrying scoreline for a manager as we know the other team is going to come and have a go. St Mirren came out early in the second half and got a goal, we knew it would be tough for the final 30 minutes and that proved to be the case.”