St Mirren 0 - 1 St Johnstone

Match info: Scottish Premier at St Mirren Park

Date: 25/03/2014 KO: 19:45 Ref: Att: 2,817

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

St Mirren

0
vs
1

St J'stone

Steven MacLean 39

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: March 25 2014, 23:10 GMT

Post-match reaction to St Johnstone's 1-0 victory over St Mirren.

St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean celebrates after opening the scoring
St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean celebrates after opening the scoring

St Johnstone assistant boss Callum Davidson insists the Saints can still catch Inverness and set up another European adventure.

The Perth men clinched a top-six slot by beating Hibernian on Saturday and followed that up with another three Scottish Premiership points away to St Mirren on Tuesday night.

Steven MacLean struck the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Buddies but Davidson - who again stood in for boss Tommy Wright on the touchline despite the Northern Irishman being released from hospital after gallbladder surgery - believes the Saints are not done yet.

Wright's side grabbed notable away wins over Rosenborg and FC Minsk in this year's Europa League qualifiers but trail fourth-placed Dundee United by six points in the race for this year's European spots, and have played a game more than the Tannadice side.

Davidson said: "Everything is a possibility. I know that is a cliche but it is.

"We have two massive games coming up - that's how we are looking at it. We're not sitting here thinking it's job done because we have got into the top six.

"We're now thinking about where can we get to. If we can win as many games as possible then we can put pressure on Inverness and Dundee United."

St Johnstone rested 22-goal top-scorer Stevie May but still had enough to see off sorry St Mirren.

The home side had started the brighter but were sucker-punched when MacLean volleyed home at the back post from David Woothspoon's corner seven minutes before half-time.

But Davidson was pleased to see his side cope without their talisman.

"Stevie was just rested tonight," he said. "He has played every minute for us tonight and has been absolutely terrific.

"But he's been running on empty for the last four or five games. But after we clinched the top-six place, it gave us our chance to rest him.

"He needs that rest. He's been playing for Scotland Under-21s as well but he will be back buzzing for Saturday now.

"But we showed tonight we have other options. Michael O'Halloran came in gave us a dynamic threat up front with his pace.

"He worked well with David Wotherspoon and Lee Croft, so we do have different threats available to us when Stevie isn't playing."

The defeat is second-bottom St Mirren's seventh in their last eight league games and leaves them two-points adrift of Partick Thistle in the battle to avoid the relegation play-off spot.

"I am flat," admitted dejected boss Danny Lennon. "Especially because of what is at stake.

"It was a very disappointing performance. The players know what is at stake, our livelihoods in the Scottish Premiership.

"But we have to make sure this club remains in this division. There have been too many bricks laid in the foundations here for that to fizzle out."