Evening Times

Gallacher says the buck stops with him

- By MATTHEW LINDSAY

ST MIRREN keeper Paul Gallacher has admitted he was partly to blame for his side’s agonising 3-2 loss to Dundee United at Tannadice.

Gallacher claimed he was caught cold by Craig Conway’s clever free-kick during the thrilling five-goal encounter on Tayside.

The keeper said: “We lost some bad goals.

“Goals change games and that’s what got United the points.

“I’m just disappoint­ed at the ones we lost.

“ It’s something we can’t quite put a finger on.

“We’re disappoint­ed with ourselves and for the fans who travelled such a long distance to see us play.

“ We have to look at everyone collective­ly, but maybe for the second goal I could have done a bit better.

“He has whipped it in at the near post. I don’t know if it he meant it or not, but I’ve lost soft goals today.

“I have to look at each goal and analyse it and I feel I could have maybe done a bit better at their second.

“I will look at it again with goalie coach Paul Mathers and we will pick through the bones.

“It’s a hard one to take to be honest.”

Meanwhile , former United keeper Gallacher has admitted going five games without picking up a victory has started to affect his side’s confidence.

He said: “The run of defeat s plays on yo u r mind because we are performing we l l , we j u st need a bit of luck.

“ It’s a bitter pill to swallow when you play so well and then, with their first attack, United score.

“ Hopefully, we can rectify it next week at home to Falkirk.

“Saturdays are horrendous after days like that. It’s not just Saturday, but Sunday and Monday when you are trying to pick yourself up again. It has been a long weekend.

“United are good and are pushing hard to catch the Old Firm.”

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