Bud­dies box­ing clever for boss now

Evening Times - - SPORT - By JOHN McGILL

JACK ROSS hailed his St Mir­ren team for bounc­ing back off the Bet­fred Cup ropes with a thump­ing 5-0 rout over Air­drieo­ni­ans at the Pais­ley 2021 Sta­dium.

The Bud­dies boss was scathing about his team’s pre­vi­ous Group H 5-0 de­feat to Partick This­tle which ended their hopes of progress in the tour­na­ment.

But he was de­lighted to see them round off their cam­paign in em­phatic style thanks to a brace from Gavin Reilly and Cammy Smith and a fur­ther strike from Lewis Morgan.

It was a morale boost­ing win ahead of next week­end’s Lad­brokes Cham­pi­onship open­ing day fix­ture with Falkirk.

Ross said: “We have had a bit of an up and down pre-sea­son through var­i­ous things so it was about get­ting back to win­ning ways re­gard­less of the score­line.

“I thought we played well and it was nice to keep a clean sheet and the for­ward go­ing play­ers get on the score­sheet

“It’s not easy to re­spond to the dis­ap­point­ment of last week be­cause of the re­sult and the man­ner of the per­for­mance.

“We took crit­i­cism last week and de­servedly so. But to re­spond in that man­ner was ter­rific and it shows our char­ac­ter.

“It’s been a pe­cu­liar league cup sec­tion for us be­cause we started re­ally well with a good re­sult away to Stran­raer and we’ve fin­ished it with a good re­sult.

“The Liv­ingston game was okay – we just couldn’t score – but the Partick game was hor­ri­ble for us.

“It has been up and down for us but ul­ti­mately it is about us try­ing to be in the best pos­si­ble frame of mind for next week and we’ve helped our­selves with that re­sult and per­for­mance.

“Next week will have a dif­fer­ent feel around it. These games still have a lit­tle bit of a pre-sea­son feel to it, whereas next week the crowd that will be in here, the at­mos­phere and in­ten­sity will prop­erly be at com­pet­i­tive foot­ball.”

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