Con­fi­dence high at St Mir­ren as Mur­ray cov­ets away-day vic­tory

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL - SCOTT MULLEN

IAN MUR­RAY’S St Mir­ren will go to Falkirk this week­end rid­ing high on a wave of con­fi­dence that has been pul­sat­ing through his team in re­cent weeks.

That was the mes­sage from the Bud­dies man­ager that saw his team give Lad­brokes Cham­pi­onship lead­ers Rangers their big­gest scare in the league on Sun­day.

De­spite los­ing the game 1-0, Saints more than held their own for long pe­ri­ods and ar­guably de­served to keep their un­beaten run go­ing to five games.

Mur­ray was de­lighted with the ap­pli­ca­tion and ef­fort put in by his team against the Ibrox club, and is look­ing for more of the same when they travel to Falkirk to play the third-placed Bairns.

“It’s a huge game away from home and things can change again,” said the St Mir­ren man­ager. “Our away form is very good and we need to now take that per­for­mance and work rate against Rangers into Falkirk.

“They are a good side and showed that against Hibs. They also dis­played it against Dum­bar­ton.

“We must take our en­ergy and our work rate into that match.

“They are mas­sive games in terms of points be­cause it is a real chance to eat into the lead they have. To look at the other way, they will see it as a huge op­por­tu­nity to re­ally dent our hopes.

“The league is so tight and is won and lost on very thin mar­gins. We played Falkirk here, weren’t great, but found our­selves 2-0 up. We weren’t that much worse in the sec­ond half but we lost the game 3-2.

“Lit­tle things in games can have big con­se­quences, but we go there full of con­fi­dence, there is no ques­tion of that.”

It is un­de­ni­able that St Mir­ren are cur­rently en­joy­ing their best run of form this sea­son, and part of that is hav­ing a strong squad to choose from.

Hav­ing op­tions go­ing for­ward in the form of Calum Gal­lagher and Lawrence Shank­land has helped take the strain off tal­is­man Steven Thomp­son, who in re­cent years has had to carry the can up front on his own.

It has al­lowed the 37-year-old to have more in­flu­ence on those around him, and Mur­ray for one is de­lighted with his con­tri­bu­tion.

“Steven brings a huge wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to the team,” said his man­ager. “When we get him right and man­age him right in terms of his age and his legs in train­ing through­out the week to make sure he is ready for game day, he is a huge as­set for us.

“You could see that against Rangers and we now have to get him right for this week­end.

“The pleas­ing thing on Sun­day was we showed a real depth to the squad by brin­ing on Paul McMullan, Lawrence Shank­land and Stu­art Car­swell.

“We are now get­ting to our full squad and com­pe­ti­tion for places will get very tough.”

St Mir­ren Man­ager Ian Mur­ray was en­cour­aged by his team’s show­ing against Rangers

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