Lennon vows to 'heal the hurt'

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Danny Lennon's side host Hamilton in the Scottish Communities League Cup third round
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Danny Lennon's side host Hamilton in the Scottish Communities League Cup third round

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon hopes the painful lessons of Saturday's defeat against Kilmarnock can help drive his players into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Communities League Cup.

Saints dominated the first half at Rugby Park but found themselves behind at half-time and ultimately only had a late Paul McGowan consolation to show for their efforts in a 3-1 defeat.

Lennon, whose side welcome Hamilton to Paisley in the third round on Tuesday night, said: "You certainly learn more in defeat than victory and we feel there are things we have learnt that we can put into action in the weeks ahead."

He added: "We certainly want to heal that hurt from Saturday and we have an opportunity to do that against Hamilton.

"We're certainly hurting from the result on Saturday. We felt we created enough chances to win the game but the ball didn't kindly for us in front of goal. On another day we could have got three points but Kilmarnock took their chances and that's football.

"I just feel we haven't really hit fifth gear yet but we are working hard on a few things. There is certainly great potential on our squad of players. We are totally focussed on fulfilling that potential."

Hamilton proved stubborn opponents for St Mirren in the William Hill Scottish Cup last season with a solitary Graham Carey goal all that separated the teams over 180 minutes of football.

However, they showed improvement on their League Cup form in the last round when they avenged last season's defeat by Ayr with a 5-1 victory over the Honest Men.

"We will approach the game in the same manner as we approached the Ayr United game," Lennon said. "Cup shocks happen in every round and we don't want to be on the end of one."

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