Post Match Quotes – Alex Rae (27/08/2016)


By James Hunter at Somerset Park
St Mirren scored a late equaliser today to get a share of the points against Ayr United at Somerset Park.
After the match St Mirren manager Alex Rae looked back on the ninety minutes. He said: “If you don’t defend a simple ball into the back post you’re going to become unstuck and we didn’t do that again. I want us to be a wee bit braver on the ball. It looks like we’re asking them to shell the ball and we done some stuff in the last couple of days about playing the lines because we felt as if we could get joy by doing that and we’re just shelling balls up. It’s just a wee bit of a [lack of] confidence – taking the easy option – but I’m pleased we got the point but it’s nowhere near acceptable.
“One of the things that gives you confidence is how you are playing yourself. When you’re getting on the ball and passing the ball. At no point have we told the boys to start shelling the ball. There’s the odd diagonal that might be effective when it is up to John Sutton but it becomes an easy option.
“We tried to utilise Ryan [Hardie’s] pace in behind and when we get the service into him he just sets it on a plate.
“We wanted to be brave. We played three at the back and wanted to try and take the game to Ayr.”