Lomas hails hard-fought victory

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Steve Lomas praised his injury-hit St Johnstone side for holding on for victory over St Mirren
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Steve Lomas praised his injury-hit St Johnstone side for holding on for victory over St Mirren

Steve Lomas was thrilled as St Johnstone held out to record their fourth successive win in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 2-1 victory over St Mirren.

Nigel Hasselbaink netted the opener against his former side after 22 minutes when he collected Murray Davidson's flick-on and slotted the ball under Craig Samson. Davidson added a second nine minutes before the break when Samson could only parry out Chris Millar's low cross, allowing the midfielder the easiest of finishes from six yards.

St Mirren responded three minutes into the second half through Lewis Guy, but despite finding themselves on the back foot for the majority of the second half the hosts claimed all three points.

"I am absolutely delighted with the performance, we knew that St Mirren would provide tough opposition and they didn't disappoint, they pass the ball very well," said Lomas.

"In the last 30 minutes it was tense, but we battled very well to hold on. The lads we have here are the reason behind our excellent run, they are a credit to the club and their professionalism and attitude is first-class."

St Johnstone had only 13 fit senior players available for selection and Lomas therefore believes the two-week international break arrives at the perfect time for his squad.

"The break comes at a good time given the injuries we have at the moment - we had only 13 fit players going into today's game," Lomas added. "Hopefully we can get a few of them back during the next few weeks as we have a difficult run of games coming up following the break."

Danny Lennon felt his side deserved to take something from the game after controlling proceedings for long spells. Guy's goal three minutes into the second half restored hope for the Paisley side but they failed to turn their late pressure into a leveller.

"I thought it was just a matter of time until the equalising goal would come," said Lennon.

"We were a little shellshocked at being 2-0 down and I made a few changes at half-time. After the break we got the early goal and put St Johnstone under a great deal of pressure, the lads deserve a great deal of credit as they kept going to the final whistle."

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