Put it all on the line

Bud­dies boss eyes first win of his reign at Dens Park

Paisley Daily Express - - Theti Cket - Craig Ritchie

Oran Kear­ney last night threw down the gaunt­let to his em­bat­tled Bud­dies as he urged his play­ers to fi­nally break their win­less run.

Kear­ney is des­per­ate to land his first win as St Mir­ren boss since re­plac­ing Alan Stubbs in Septem­ber.

The Saints have lost seven out of eight matches un­der the North­ern Ir­ish­man’s lead­er­ship, a draw against Celtic - his first game in charge – his soli­tary point so far.

The for­mer Col­eraine gaffer, who knows a win over Dundee will see his side move four points clear of their base­ment ri­vals, in­sists his strug­glers are more than ca­pa­ble of putting their win­less record to bed.

He said: “You could de­scribe it as a six-pointer. When there are two teams so close to­gether and in the predica­ment the clubs are in then it is easy to say that. But I am happy for that to be the mind­set if it means our play­ers raise the bar and use it as more mo­ti­va­tion.

“As far as I’m con­cerned, the play­ers are the most im­por­tant peo­ple at the club and I will bend over back­wards to en­sure they get ev­ery­thing they need to be in the best pos­si­ble po­si­tion ahead of to­mor­row.

“It is my job to en­sure that they are ab­so­lutely primed and ready to go.

“It would be great to taste a win again. We all know in foot­ball that things can be said and done be­hind the scenes but I learned from play­ing foot­ball that you live off per­for­mances and the re­sults you gain from them.

“The mo­ti­va­tion you take from wins is far more than what you can get from fans, board, man­ager or any­thing which goes with that.

“For our play­ers and how tough the jour­ney they have been on, I think it would be bril­liant for them to win.”

St Mir­ren’s only win of the cam­paign to date came against Dundee on the open­ing day of the sea­son.

Kear­ney was still gaffer at Col­eraine at that point.

He pin­pointed the par­al­lels be­tween the two sides as rea­son to be­lieve that he can turn the Bud­dies’ for­tunes around.

Kear­ney added: “They are very sim­i­lar clubs, both two very com­mu­nity-driven clubs with two very sim­i­lar boards.

“Ideally, I would love to end up in the same place.

“I have ar­rived at a club on my tod as ev­ery­one else has been here al­ready and I am com­ing in to try and get the feel of ev­ery player and mem­ber of staff.

“I feel I have done that and got through a moun­tain in the last six to eight weeks.

“But it is a process and it is one of those things that will take a pe­riod of time.

“You do want to put your own ide­ol­ogy and stamp on it – but that can’t hap­pen overnight.”

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