Jack Ross: St. Mirren players motivated by cup final loss


The Paisley side face a basement battle with Ayr United on Saturday in a do or die match

ST MIRREN manager Jack Ross is confident his players are ready to avenge last weekend’s cup final loss by beating Ayr United on Saturday.

Despite the disappointment of losing the Irn Bru Cup final to Dundee United, Ross (40) knows that upcoming league games against relegation rivals Ayr, Dumbarton and Raith Rovers are the real finals St. Mirren need to win in order to avoid the drop.

Ross said: “For our players the hurt and the disappointment of losing the cup final should be something they don’t forget because it should motivate them to make sure we avoid dropping out of this league.

“They recognise that their performances over the last couple of months have been good.

“If they maintain that performance level then they give themselves a good chance of winning each and every game that they play between now and the end of the season.”

Some 5000 fans travelled to Fir Park to support the Saints in the final and Ross hopes to have their full backing until the end of the season.

He said: “Their support has been terrific through this period, Saturday again it was outstanding and we’ll need that again this weekend because it’s a massive game for us.

“We understand what we need to do on the pitch to get them to respond to that.”

St. Mirren goalkeeper Billy O’Brien thanked the fans after the cup final loss.

St Mirren play Ayr United at the Paisley 2021 Stadium this Saturday April 1.

The Buddies lie four points adrift of the Honest Men at the foot of the Championship with only seven games left to play.

The Buddies could complete the great escape by the end of this run-in.


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