Boss praises the attitude of his sickly Saints side

St Andrews United's Sam Buchan was one of the squad members under the weather.
St Andrews United's Sam Buchan was one of the squad members under the weather.

St Andrews United boss Ian Barrett is convinced he has something to work with at the club after seeing his players crawl off their sicks beds for him.

As if a trip to face reigning Super League champions Kelty Hearts in his first game in charge wasn’t daunting enough, Barrett had to do it with a depleted side due to illness and injury.

However, the boss hailed those who turned up despite feeling heavily under the weather before the 3-0 defeat.

Barrett said: “I had little personnel to choose from.

“When I got to the ground Sam Buchan had the flu and could barely talk to me, Robbie Holden had been up all night sick and Darren Smith was playing his first game this season.

“Considering the pressure that put us under I thought the boys did really well and it shows that we have something to build on here.”

The manager’s assistant, Gary Lamont, was also called on to play a part in the game.

And Barrett and Lamont will be working hard over the festive break to add more new faces to the ranks at Barnetts Park.

“I’m looking to build my backroom staff,” he said.

“The break will also give us a chance to bring in a few new faces.”

The junior card takes a break until the new year, but Saints will not be out of action.

Training was scheduled on Tuesday night as we went to press with a friendly fixture against Leven United set up for January 29 as the side keeps ticking over.