Lennon salutes Cup heroes

Elated St Mirren manager Danny Lennon was delighted with his players' response to his half-time team talk in their dramatic Scottish Communities League Cup triumph.

Last Updated: 18/03/13 at 06:47 Post Comment

Danny Lennon: Looking tense during St Mirren's historic win at Hampden

Danny Lennon: Looking tense during St Mirren's historic win at Hampden

The Paisley battlers came from behind to clinch their first major silverware since 1987 with a 3-2 victory over Hearts at Hampden.

St Mirren struggled early on and trailed to Ryan Stevenson's early strike, but an Esmael Goncalves goal took the teams into the break on level terms.

And after Lennon delivered his half-time euology, Steven Thompson netted a minute into the second period and Conor Newton added a third before Stevenson pulled one back five minutes from time.

"Yes. I got into the players at half-time and reminded them that if they wanted to become legends there was a game of football to be played," said Lennon.

"Our problem in the first-half was that we didn't pass the ball. Hearts came out the traps well, they were one-up, they had the better opportunities and probably the only opportunity we had, we took it.

"That would have deflated them a little bit and gave us a lift but it was not the lift that got us started, that came when we got them in at the break.

"There was a little bit of emotion, there were raised voices, some comforting words but more importantly, I reminded them that these opportunities don't come very often.

"Some players will play their full career and never get the opportunity to play in a national final in the national stadium, so my message to them was make sure that it was a day that they could remember for the rest of their lives.

"I hope it is the first of many, but I may not get to another cup final. I always said I would enjoy every goal if I got to a final and I wanted to enjoy it with the fans.

"I am very proud, very emotional and absolutely thrilled that we are bringing the trophy back to Paisley for the first time in this club's wonderful 135-year history."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

Footer 365

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0: Gunners win Community Shield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored as Arsenal won the Community Shield with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger finally beating Jose Mourinho.

Angel Di Maria poised for medical ahead of move to PSG

Angel Di Maria is set to undergo a medical with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of a proposed £44m move from Manchester United.

Mourinho plans to manage into his 70s

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes he is a better manager than he was 10 years ago - and he wants to continue until he's in his 70s.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company