Paisley Daily Express



Gutted St Mirren defender Conor McCarthy believes the club’s semi-final loss to St Johnstone summed up their season.

The Buddies created plenty of chances yesterday afternoon at Hampden but didn’t capitalise on them, with the Perthshire Saints going on to notch two crucial goals in the space of three minutes.

McCarthy did manage to pull one back to give his side a glimmer of hope, but in the end it was another case of what could have been for the Paisley side.

McCarthy told Express Sport: “It is the story of our season, summed up today.

“We had numerous chances and we just didn’t take them.

“Unfortunat­ely we are the nearly men this season.

“There have been three occasions like this, this season.

“We lost out in the Betfred semi-final, we missed out on the top six and obviously now the Scottish Cup as well.

“Next week when it all settles down there will be a few regrets inside our dressing room, for sure.

“To be honest it is physically draining. After the first one you get back up, you regroup, and then you get hit again with the top six. Then again today.

“It will take us a few weeks to recharge our batteries, but we have a strong group in there and no doubt we will be back better next season.”

While McCarthy was more pleased with the entire team’s performanc­e than after their disappoint­ing 1- 0 loss to Livingston at the same stage in the League Cup, the young Irishman insists he wants medals in his pocket come the end of his career.

He’s determined to help the club push on one step further next season, insisting his Buddies can build on what they’ve achieved this campaign.

McCarthy added: “Everyone at this club is really ambitious about where we want to go.

“It would be a weak mentality for us just to say it was brilliant this season to reach two semifinals and push up the league table.

“But we as players want to look back on our careers and have medals in our back pockets.

“Nobody is going to remember the nearly men. As players we really want to raise the standards of this club and no doubt we’ll regroup in the next couple of days and get ready for the Kilmarnock game.

“Probably in the first half there was a spell when St Johnstone had us under the kosh for a bit.

“In the second half we came out and really put them through it and had some really good chances.

“But it is something to build on and we’ll get ready to go again for the future.”

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