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WISE UP; St Mirren Kearney urges players to see out their games.

Byline: DAVID CAMPBELL

Saints boss Oran Kearney has called on his players to be more streetwise against Livingston after they twice gave up the lead at Hibs.

The gaffer was disappointed his side couldn't see out the last 15 minutes at Easter Road on Wednesday night after goals from Adam Hammill and Paul McGinn.

As Kearney's side prepare to travel to Almondvale this afternoon to face a resilient Livingston side, the Northern Irishman has urged his charges to be ready to get their hands dirty.

He said: "It's something we've strived for since I arrived. There's weeks we've got it and others where we're not so streetwise.

"I thought our performance against Hibs was streetwise and a good performance in general - it's just disappointing that we conceded twice.

"The first one is unfortunate. I think when Kyle Magennis goes off injured, it distracts everybody for a couple of seconds and it gives them a scenario they hadn't had for the whole game where a player was allowed to get in behind and cross the ball.

"It's just disappointing the manner of that goal and then the second goal there's a couple of errors that's allowed it into an easy area to hit.

"If we eradicate those things then the generalisation of the whole 90 minutes was 99 per cent good and pretty streetwise.

"It's just the small things that have really hurt us."

St Mirren will be without Magennis, who suffered a hamstring injury against Hibs while Danny Mullen faces two months on the sidelines after it was revealed he is nursing a foot injury that requires surgery.

Kearney admits losing Magennis so soon after his return from a long spell out is a real blow and revealed that more further investigation is needed on the recurring injury.

He added: "He's a huge player for us not only at present but for the future as well.

"It's disappointing for Kyle as well. Normally when a hamstring goes it just goes but both times have been quite innocuous or different from normal.

"It's one of those injuries we'd like to get to the bottom of very quickly and hopefully eradicate."

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Dec 8, 2018
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