Lennon smells team spirit

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon hailed the spirit in his squad as Steven Thompson's late winner settled a seven-goal thriller against St Johnstone at St Mirren Park.

Last Updated: 19/10/13 at 19:05 Post Comment

Danny Lennon: Hailed 'unity' in St Mirren squad

Danny Lennon: Hailed 'unity' in St Mirren squad

Two goals from Kenny McLean - the second a penalty - either side of a Paul McGowan strike had put St Mirren ahead on three occasions, but each time St Johnstone hit back.

In-form Steven MacLean, former St Mirren man Nigel Hasselbaink and substitute Rory Fallon responded, the latter after the visitors had had Frazer Wright sent off, before Thompson's strike finally earned a 4-3 success for the home side.

"The players showed great character, great strength and good quality football," said Lennon.

"We've got a reputation as a side that likes to pass the ball and we've been ramming that down their throats from the first day we came here, but for whatever reason they're now matching that with work ethic and determination.

"I must compliment the players and the character they showed."

After a difficult start to the season, St Mirren have now picked up seven points from their last three matches and find themselves 15 points clear of

bottom-placed Hearts.

"Myself and my staff have never changed. Even in the difficult times we tried

to keep a level head in the way we worked on a daily basis," Lennon added.

"But something has dropped in that dressing room, there's a clear unity, there's a clear team spirit there, and not just the 11 out there on the pitch. It's a great environment to be in."

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright was disappointed to lose the match after his side had levelled on three occasions.

"To score three times away from home and come out on the wrong end of a result, I'm extremely disappointed for the players," said Wright.

"It was an entertaining game, but I think at times it was too open. We showed a lot of character to come back every time they scored, and particularly when we went down to 10 men, so I've got nothing but praise for the players, and hopefully we can bounce back from that."

MacLean, who had scored his third goal in two games, was stretchered off late on, with the injury a major concern for the St Johnstone manager.

"There's some swelling in his knee, he's landed awkwardly and thought he was

all right and played on and there's been a reaction to that," Wright added. "We'll just have to wait and see."

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