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Post Match Quotes – Alex Rae (30/01/2016)



By Stuart Gillespie at the Paisley 2021 Stadium

Saints finally ended the long wait for a home league win this afternoon. Manager Alex Rae gives his thoughts.

He said: “I think the most important thing for today was the three points and we had to do it the hard way. For the life of me I can’t understand how it’s a penalty. I think even their player was a bit shocked with it, he actually mis-hit the shot. We’ve responded relatively well and I just wanted the boys to play with more of a tempo.

“They started the second half a bit better and that’s where the second goal came from. We have to manage the game a little bit better. We’re a bit panicky there, you can see the anxiety, and we made it more difficult than it probably could have been.”

The game also saw first Saints appearances for David Clarkson, Alex Cooper and Gary Irvine as well as a home debut for Rocco Quinn. Alex said: “It’s early doors for them and you’re trying to get your ideas across to them so you’re winging it a little bit because you’re throwing them in at the deep end, which isn’t ideal preparation.

“Rocco has been in for about 10 days or so he just worked away in the middle of the park and I thought Clarkson was great. He’s got a nice little partnership going with Shankland and I thought they were a handful today.”

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