Derek McInnes praises St Johnstone strike duo

Cillian Sheridan jokes about his moustache
Sheridan scored his fourth goal in St Johnstone's last three games

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes says perseverance is paying off with goals from strike duo Francisco Sandaza and Cillian Sheridan.

Sandaza scored his seventh goal of the season while Sheridan took his total to four in three games as the Perth side defeated Kilmarnock 2-1.

"It might be a bit harsh on the guys who have been left out," the Saints maanger told BBC Scotland.

"But we felt there was a pairing there and they have come up trumps again."

Sandaza also set up Sheridan for the winning goal and McInnes is delighted at the way the players signed in the summer have gelled.

"I think that both boys have a presence, both boys have confidence and both boys have a bit of pace - Cillian's is electric," said the Saints manager.

"And both boys have goals in them.

"One of the managers I used to work with said that you are only good as your front two.

"That is a bit extreme, but there's a lot in that."

McInnes admitted that the game had ebbed and flowed but thought his side were worthy winners in the end, Steven Anderson being credited with an own goal that levelled the scores after he and Kilmarnock defender Mohamadou Sissoko rose for a corner.

"In the opening 25 minutes, I thought we were excellent," he said.

Interview - St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes

"We passed the ball well, made the pitch big and got enough service into our strikers to carry a threat.

"We got a good goal and I thought we were bossing the game.

"But we were giving a wee bit of height away and it has come off the back of Sissoko I think and looped into the net.

"It has lifted their boys and they definitely finished the first half stronger.

"Peter Enckelman has made a couple of good saves and they missed a couple of chances.

"Half-time came at the right time for us and we kept the ball better in the second half.

"I thought we deservedly got the second goal."

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