We won’t be rocked by Sons

McGinn ready for tough clash with Dum­bar­ton

Paisley Daily Express - - Theti Cket -

Craig Ritchie

St Mir­ren cap­tain Stephen McGinn in­sists Saints are out to prove a point when they take on Dum­bar­ton to­mor­row.

Com­ing up against a host of for­mer St Mir­ren play­ers in the Sons ranks, McGinn ad­mits that his side will have to be wary of the threat posed.

And he reck­ons that it could prove to be a tricky af­ter­noon for the Saints if they aren’t at their best from the get go.

McGinn said: “I’ve never come across most of the St Mir­ren boys who play for Dum­bar­ton – most of them had left by the time I ar­rived.

“But when you face your for­mer club you al­ways want to prove a point and I’m sure that they will be no dif­fer­ent.

“We need to be wary of that, but we need to show them why they are not here any more.

“As well as be­ing a very or­gan­ised team, Ste­vie Aitken has done a bril­liant job and Dum­bar­ton are hard to break down. “It’s not an easy place to go. “You need to play the ground, the pitch, and it is usu­ally windy con­di­tions when you go down there as well.

“But if we are to get to where we want to be, it is the sort of game that we need to win.”

McGinn made his first start on his re­turn to St Mir­ren in Fe­bru­ary, with the Bud­dies be­ing held to a 2-2 draw whilst bat­tling rel­e­ga­tion.

Goals from David Clark­son and Harry Davis weren’t enough to seal the points on that oc­ca­sion as the pres­sure mounted on the side.

But McGinn in­sists that the side are still un­der pres­sure de­spite find­ing them­selves at the right end of the ta­ble this time around.

With the likes of Dun­fermline and Dundee United all wait­ing for St Mir­ren to slip up, the mid­fielder be­lieves that the Pais­ley side need to con­tinue in the same win­ning vein that has cat­a­pulted them to the top of the ta­ble.

He added: “We go down there still un­der pres­sure, although it’s a dif­fer­ent sort of pres­sure.

“When we went there last time we were sit­ting at the bot­tom of the league, scrap­ping about and scram­bling for points.

“It is def­i­nitely a much nicer po­si­tion to be in go­ing there sit­ting at the top of the league.

“I think you can see by the league that every game is up for grabs.

“But the way we are go­ing, we need to ap­proach it with the right men­tal­ity.”

Point to make McGinn with Saints gaffer Jack Ross

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