Scottish Football - St Mirren take 'small step'

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon described their draw against Aberdeen as "a small step" but feels his side are now moving in the right direction.

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The Paisley club were denied their first win of the season when Steven Thompson's opener was cancelled out by a late strike from Peter Pawlett.

The 1-1 draw saw the Buddies pass up the chance to claim their first three points of the campaign and move further up the Scottish Premiership table.

But Lennon clearly took encouragement from the performance of his players.

He said: "It's a small step for us, that's all it is. There is still a long way for us to go.

"But if we continue to give that application, not just on match-days but on a daily basis, then we'll do well.

"I'm a big believer that if you're faithful to the small things you'll be rewarded in the big things."

The display will at least provide a boost ahead of this weekend's bottom of the table clash with Hearts.

Lennon added: "I was absolutely delighted with the commitment, the desire, the hunger and the passion.

"I asked the players to leave everything on that pitch tonight and have no regrets and they certainly did that.

"That level of commitment has got to come first and foremost before any ability.

"We know we've got a name for ourselves that we like to go and pass the ball and we are still a million miles away from where we want to be.

"But it just shows you, with hunger and application, even when you are not at your best, you can still be impressive.

"You can still pick up points along the way."

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