St Mirren boss Danny Lennon hails win over nine-man Rangers

St Mirren's David Van Zanten celebrates the victory over Rangers
St Mirren held on to beat Rangers at home for the first time since 2008

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon hailed his side following their 2-1 victory over nine-man Rangers.

The Buddies responded to falling behind to a Lee Wallace effort with goals from Aaron Mooy and Paul McGowan, in a game where Lee McCulloch and Dorin Goian saw red for the visitors.

"I thoroughly enjoyed it and I thought the boys deserved it over the piece," Lennon told BBC Scotland's Sportsound.

"Today was everything that I believe my players can produce."

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Wallace fired Rangers into an early lead in Paisley, and Lennon praised his side for their response.

"Yet again we go a goal behind," he said. "But some of our individual performances, moreso in the first half and to get a 2-1 lead at half time was everything we deserved.

"As well as trying to break into the top six, we're also capable of developing players."

Lennon said McCulloch's dismissal, for elbowing Graham Carey, was one of the key moments of the game, adding: "If he has caught him, then Ally McCoist will have been bitterly disappointed.

"But, take nothing away from us, I thought we thoroughly deserved that and I'm delighted for the fans that come here and spend their hard-earned cash.

"It's a wonderful way to say thanks for all their wonderful support throughout this season and every other season.

"When we get the ball down and play, we're a good side. When we don't we're very ordinary and we've learned that the hard way with two very poor performances against Inverness.

"But today was everything that I believe my players can produce. We looked a bit more tentative in the second half and it was as though we weren't used to being in that position.

"I just said to them: 'get used to it'. I thought Paul McGowan was terrific and he's been magnificent since he came to this football club."

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