More misery for St Mirren
Chris Hammer looks ahead to this weekend's Scottish Premiership action and expects St Mirren to lose at home to Partick.
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St Mirren's poor start to the season was further compounded on Tuesday night when their Scottish League Cup defence was prematurely ended by Queen of the South - and another defeat this weekend will see manager Danny Lennon come under more pressure.
The Buddies won the trophy for the first time in their history with a famous victory over Hearts last March but there will be no repeat this season after slumping to a 2-1 extra-time defeat at Palmerston.
And although losing to second-tier opponents would usually constitute a shock, even the most optimistic of Saints fans could see it coming.
Lennon's men headed to Dumfries with just one point from their three Scottish Premiership games so far this season while they've still only managed one victory since that Hampden triumph six months ago.
Both league defeats came away from home - 3-0 against Inverness and Ross County - and by all accounts they lacked any sign of confidence in their second-round cup clash, even when taking the lead during the additional 30 minutes.
Lennon was almost lost for words after the game, saying: "We know how much it meant to us last year to win this competition and words can't describe how much it hurts to go out at the first hurdle.
"It baffles me that we have only won one game since the cup final, especially with the quality we have. I know the character that the boys have and winning games breeds confidence. But that's something we're just not doing."
Despite starting the season, like every other club, 15 points clear of administration-hit Hearts, St Mirren are already looking over their shoulders at the Jambos, who have already picked up two wins and a draw, ahead of this weekend's home clash with Partick.
Although their miserable run is bound to end sometime, there's no real sign to suggest it will happen this weekend and the visitors look a generous price to grab their second win of the season.
Sure, Alan Archibald's men needed extra-time to get the better of Cowdenbeath 3-1 in their League Cup tie but they have enjoyed quite an impressive start to their first season back in the top flight.
Their 3-1 away win at Ross County earlier in August proves they do have the killer instinct on the road while they will be keen to bounce back after Motherwell ended their unbeaten start with a 1-0 triumph at Fir Park last weekend.
Pat Fenlon's job was seemingly on the line after the Leith outfit's nightmare start to the season which included a humiliating 9-0 aggregate defeat to Malmo in the Europa League qualifiers and a deflating 1-0 loss at Hearts in the Edinburgh derby.
However, their run of four straight defeats - as well as their long wait for an opening goal of the campaign - was ended when Scott Robertson netted a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Dundee United and they followed this up with a morale-boosting 2-1 triumph at Kilmarnock last weekend.
That come-from-behind victory came after chairman Rod Petrie issued a statement offering Fenlon a vote of confidence while the scorer of both goals, Liam Craig, then insisted the players are fully behind the Irishman.
He said: "Obviously the players want him to stay. He has brought a lot of us to the club. There have been a lot of changes this season and it was going to take time for us to gel."
That could well be starting to happen and now could be a good time to play a Ross County side who were knocked out of the Scottish League Cup on Tuesday following a shock 3-2 defeat at League One strugglers Stranraer.
The on-form Richard Brittain put the visitors ahead at Stair Park but they were ultimately undone by second-half goals from Sean Winter, Chris Aitken and Martin Grehan, leaving manager Derek Adams bitterly disappointed.
The men from Dingwall had come into the game on the back of a 3-0 win over St Mirren but prior to that they had lost their opening three matches of the season, conceding nine goals in the process.
Hibs are too good to ignore at odds-against prices so I'd advise you snap them up.