St Johnstone: Steve Lomas hails contribution of substitutes

St Johnstone match-winner Steven MacLean

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas lauded the impact of substitute Nigel Hasselbaink after his side's win against Inverness CT at McDiarmid Park.

Hasselbaink set up Steven MacLean's match-winning goal.

Lomas told BBC Radio Scotland: "Subs play a massive part and they certainly did today.

"Nigel [Hasselbaink] came on and gave us a wee injection of pace. His cross off the outside of the boot was different class."

Media playback is not supported on this device

Interview - St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas

The visitors had defender David Raven sent off for a last-man foul on Rowan Vine in the 12th minute, which prompted a barrage of Saints chances.

Gregory Tade hit the post and Mehdi Abeid struck the crossbar for the Perth side, but the breakthrough did not come until the 77th minute.

Dutch forward Hasselbaink picked up the ball on the left-hand side before beating Josh Meekings and delivering the ball for MacLean to notch his eighth of the season.

"The keeper makes a couple of good saves; we hit the crossbar and the post," Lomas said.

"You make your changes and you've just got to hope somebody does something a little bit different; and Nigel did that. It was a welcome relief."

St Johnstone move back into fourth place in the Scottish Premier League, one point off the third spot which would guarantee Europa League football in 2013/14.

Lomas was not certain about whether Raven deserved his red card.

"It's a difficult one because he certainly puts a hand on him," he said.

"There's maybe a case where the [covering] defender could have got in but once he gives the free-kick he's probably got no alternative but to send him off.

"It made it harder for us, to be honest, as I thought we were playing better when it was 11 v 11.

"Everything all boils down to if you win or lose and it's great to get the win today. It was very hard-fought against a very good Inverness team who have been excellent all year."

Top Stories