Lomas thrilled with Euro trip

Boss Steve Lomas says taking St Johnstone into Europe for a second year in a row feels like winning the league.

Last Updated: 20/05/13 at 07:17 Post Comment

Steve Lomas: I thought it was a day of excellence

Steve Lomas: I thought it was a day of excellence

Saints' 2-0 win over Motherwell, combined with Inverness' defeat at Ross County, saw them finish third in the SPL and clinch the final Europa League berth.

The final whistle saw fans spill onto the McDiarmid Park pitch to celebrate with the players and Lomas was thrilled with his team.

He said: "To have two European campaigns on the spin for a club like St Johnstone is probably like winning the league for us.

"For a club like this in Perth, it's probably as good as it gets so we should enjoy it."

With Ross County and Inverness grabbing headlines through the season, Lomas says it has been hard for his team to get the credit he feels they deserve.

"To be fair, it's been slightly underplayed and I can understand why because with Ross County coming up, it was a magnificent achievement by Derek Adams and all his people," he said.

"Inverness were everybody's favourites to go down, with Ross County, and they've had a great season and scored a lot of goals.

"I've got to tip my hat to Terry Butcher. They had goalscorers in abundance.

"Our team was all about the team. It wasn't just about individuals and it showed again today."

Goals from Liam Craig - who is set to join Hibernian next season - and Nigel Hasselbaink clinched victory over Motherwell, who already had the runners-up spot sewn up.

Lomas said: "I thought it was a day of excellence. We carried out our gameplan to perfection and it could have been by a lot more.

"The boys were excellent. We just had to do what we could do. The lads were fully focused and you saw that from their effort and commitment and the quality of play."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

K FIFA we're done, you can ban us now

jimmyjazz
Barcelona transfer ban upheld

A

h Daniel. I could spend hours on this subject putting the world to rights. You can even take a step back and ask why football fans (and society in general) have this need to know that something will happen before it actually does. There are times this important, when it comes to things like war, food production and natural disasters. A man you've never met changing his job? Not so much.

ajsr1982
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

G

reat article. Hits the nail on the head. Encapsulates why I don't read tabloid newspapers anymore. The only thing worse is the 'told you so first' headline when they get lucky.

ianonabeach
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

Footer 365

Transfer news: Marco Reus said to have turned down move to Manchester United

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has told Onda Cero that Marco Reus rejected a move to Man Utd this summer.

Transfer News: Swansea complete deal for Napoli defender Federico Fernandez

Swansea City have signed defender Federico Fernandez from Napoli for an undisclosed fee.

FIFA committee rejects Barcelona's appeal against transfer ban

Barcelona will be unable to sign new players in the next two windows after a FIFA committee upheld their transfer ban.

Mail Box

So Long And Good Luck To Nani

A Mailbox that offers best wishes to a departing hero, defends Olivier Giroud, tells us to steady on over Calum Chambers and makes some amusing predictions...

Mailbox: Feeling Sorry For Poor TC23

If there's one loser in all the machinations at Man United, it's poor TC23. We have mercifully few mails on United, but lots on Arsenal and in particular Olivier Giroud...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property