Buddies' Danny Lennon unbowed by loss to Hamilton

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon
Lennon was showing no signs of panic despite the defeat by Accies

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon believes the home defeat by Hamilton does not change matters a great deal at the foot of the Scottish Premier League.

"Everything remains the same for us," he said after Mickael Antoine-Curier's header earned Accies a 1-0 win.

"We're still in the driving seat. Our aim is to win every single game - that hasn't changed today."

Saints are six points ahead of Hamilton with three games remaining and their goal difference betters Accies' by 10.

On a sunny afternoon, St Mirren went into the game in Paisley knowing a win, or probably even a draw, would be enough to guarantee their SPL survival at the expense of the visitors.

But things started badly for Lennon's side when Hugh Murray, making a record-breaking 459th appearance for St Mirren, was carried off after five minutes when he twisted his knee sliding in on Hamilton's Jim McAlister.

"The game plan went out the window straight away when we lost Shuggie Murray," lamented Lennon.

"He's getting assessed at the minute. We know it's knee damage.

"Hopefully it's not as bad as we feared when he came off but it's very disappointing for him."

Worse was to follow when left-back Jure Travner was sent off in the 24th minute for two bookable offences, the first for a tug on Nigel Hasselbaink's jersey, the second for an ill-timed challenge on Accies forward Dougie Imrie.

"The ordering off of Jure Travner - for the lads to go and play in the manner that they did, on a very hot day like this, for 70 minutes, was fantastic," added the St Mirren boss.

"After the sending off, Hamilton caused us a lot of problems with switches of play.

"We tried to counter that at half-time and we made one or two changes and I was pleased because we still created one or two good opportunities.

"But the longer the game went on in that heat, it was difficult.

"It's very disappointing that we had a wonderful support here today and we could not put it [the relegation issue] to bed."

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