What Stevie learned v Saints on Wednesday

What Stevie learned v Saints on Wednesday
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One thing we’ve not addressed at all is Wednesday night’s performance and result. The reality is, like the Hibs win earlier in the season, we didn’t play great and we still won. Errrr no we didn’t, not this time.

Indeed, this time Stevie’s much-changed team went out, pulled off a disjointed display, and but for a late late penalty would have won a match they didn’t deserve.

The difference now is that if this match had meant something, Stevie wouldn’t have sent out such a fringe side.

We want our unbeaten run, we absolutely do – but that wasn’t really in any danger on Wednesday – it was a bad night at the office, and our manager said as much himself, and unfortunately aside Scott Wright none of the fringe men will have impressed the manager and given themselves a case for inclusion.

In Jack Simpson’s case it was about getting him minutes in his legs – we aren’t going to judge a fairly young defender in his first senior start with a strange partner.

And Hagi and Itten maybe didn’t have their best performances in the shirt either, even if they worked hard.

But it was ultimately rather inconsequential – it’s only our 6th league draw, and again it was away from home, but most importantly 55 is in the bag.

This match was used to get some fringe men minutes – a game which had no real value except giving the manager pointers about how St Johnstone will likely play on Sunday.

Some fans were a little upset after it – had anything been really riding on this one we would have been too.

But as long as we win on Sunday and get to the semis, it just doesn’t matter.

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  1. It was very poor and does show why most of those selected are 2 string only. Let’s hope we really play on Sunday to put them to the sword.

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