Boss hails his Saints side despite cup sickener

Saints crashed out of the Scottish Cup at Oakley.

Saints crashed out of the Scottish Cup at Oakley.

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Phil McGuire’s Saints face a tough spell of three games all away from home as they fight to get clear of the bottom end of the Super League.

Following last weekend’s cup exit at the hands of Oakley United, Saints face a tough trip to Sauchie Juniors this weekend and this is then followed by a trip to Linlithgow Rose .

Following that it is across the Tay to take on Broughty Athletic at Whitton Park.

Whilst not happy with the result, Saints boss McGuire paid credit to his sides effort last weekend.

He said: “ Two of the starting 11 at Oakley had to drag themselves off their sick beds to play.

“Jamie Mackie had to play because Stevie (McManus) had concussion and then Ryan McInnes took a sore one and had to come off so it was a bit of one thing after another.”

“We had a good session up at Fairmont St Andrews on Monday night.

“It I sometimes hard to get training facilities at this time of year because, let’s face it, the all weather pitches just aren’t there so the guys up at Fairmont gave us the opportunity to have a change of scenery and use the gym and spa for the night.

“The boys enjoyed it, those that played on Saturday did a spin session and the ones who were either on the bench or not available had to work a bit harder in a gym session.”

McGuire added: “ Saturday’s game will be tough but we definitely have it within ourselves to go there and put in a top performance and get a result ahead of two trip,”

Kick off at Sauchie is 2pm.