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We won't slip up again; St Mirren Boss is ready for Queens.

Byline: Craig Ritchie

St Mirren boss Jack Ross insists his Buddies will make sure there is no repeat of December's Palmerston panic.

Saints and Queen of the South go head to head at the Paisley 2021 Stadium for the first time since the Buddies battled back from 2-0 down after just six minutes in the last match-up between the pair.

They would eventually prevail 3-2 on that occasion, with a double from Gavin Reilly and Gary MacKenzie's header snatching all three points. And despite admitting that the game in Dumfries may have kickstarted the current run of form that his side is enjoying, Ross is adamant that his side needs to make sure they don't hand themselves another uphill battle.

He said: "We have had a lot of games recently where we have won by the odd goal but I would take any win.

"We will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the start of the game at Palmerston. In reflection, that was probably a big game for us in terms of how the season has panned out because since then our form has been really good.

"At that time, to be two down after six minutes away at Palmerston, would you have thought we would win the game? It is difficult to say yes. "But to come back and win that game and then carry on that form since has been great."

The Buddies had to dig deep on that occasion - but, upon reflection, Ross reckons it may have done his side a world of good.

He added: "If there were any question marks over us, it was about our ability to produce when things weren't going our way. There had been a couple of occasions earlier in the season when things hadn't panned out for us and we lost.

"I had faith in the group to be able to improve, but I think they understood they were capable of doing that. I think it was always there, but sometimes you need to bring it out. "Once they believe it is different. It is okay for me to say it, but they need to believe it. I think that day helped us in that respect."

New signing Myles Hippolyte is set to sit out of the clash at the Paisley 2021 Stadium, but there is one piece of good news for Buddies fans.

Ross revealed: "Apart from that we are okay. Josh Todd is back in full training, but he is still short in match fitness.

"But we are quite healthy just now, which is good."

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Feb 3, 2018
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