Paisley Daily Express
In-form striker Kristian Dennis was delighted to help send St Mirren through to a Scottish Cup quarter- final clash with Kilmarnock – because he doesn’t want this season to end after his early return from injury.
The ex-Notts County ace made it four goals in his last six games in the stripes as he helped the Buddies squeeze past Inverness Caley Thistle with a dramatic 2-1 victory on Friday night.
That ensured the Paisley side have at least one more game before the campaign is finished, with Jim Goodwin’s side facing a trip to Rugby Park this Saturday for a place in the last four.
Dennis is determined to make up for lost time and fire the club back to Hampden, especially after being told his season could have been over after suffering an Achilles tear in February.
He told Express Sport: “I’m buzzing to be back, playing and scoring goals again.
“Having another cup game just gives me a chance to play and make up for lost time.
“I thought my season was over eight weeks ago, so this has all been a bit of a bonus and I’m loving it.
“I’m finding a bit of form which is good. “I always back myself in front of goal. “I probably should have had more than one on Friday night, but I was glad to get on the scoresheet.
“I saw McGrath had it and he can do anything with the ball that lad!
“I waited for his pass and let it run across my body. And that was just about the only place I could put the shot to beat the goalkeeper. I just put my laces through it and was glad to see it go in.
“I didn’t let my head go down after the missed chances as I always trust myself to bounce back and get one eventually.
“And the chance that I got I knew I was definitely scoring.”
St Mirren left it late to book their quarter-final spot at the SMISA Stadium, with defender Marcus Fraser slamming home late to finally see off the impressive
Highland side’s challenge.
Dennis paid tribute to his determined teammates for not letting their heads drop during the topsy-turvy tie, despite spurning several chances and hitting the woodwork on numerous occasions.
He said: “It was just about getting the win and getting into the next round.
“We didn’t play the best, but I don’t think that matters at this stage of the competition. We got through and that’s all that matters.
“I think we hit the post three or four times on Friday night so it was good from the lads just to keep going. I think we deserved our goal at the end to win it.
“It was important before then that we hit back straight away after Inverness went in front. They had been celebrating like mad when they scored, so to get an equaliser as quickly as we did was great from us.
“It was a tough night overall but we never gave up which shows the character of the boys. We kept going right until the final whistle and there are goals right throughout this team.
“But in a cup tie it doesn’t really matter how you play as long as you win. And big Marcus popped up late on to do the business.”