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