St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has hailed Saints pair Michael O’Halloran and Shaun Rooney after their weekend contributions.
The Saints came from behind to beat Motherwell 2-1 in the League Cup last 16 on Saturday. Tony Watt had put the Steelmen ahead before Callum Hendry and David Wotherspoon sealed a last eight spot.
Davidson’s men will now travel to in-form Championship leaders Dunfermline for a place in the semi-finals. The St Johnstone manager had praise for two of the key men in this victory. O’Halloran a menace in attack and Rooney solid at the back.
“I don’t normally single players out but I thought Michael dragged us back into the game, with his heart more than anything,” said Davidson
“That is really pleasing to see. He had that drive and determination. A lot of players might stop but he kept going and put two or three fantastic balls into the box.
“It wasn’t just for the goals, his all-round game was really good. Shaun Rooney behind him, I thought he was excellent. You need to remember he is still a young man learning his trade at this level.
“The first 20 minutes I thought we struggled a wee bit. But we got into the game A lot of times this season we have played well and lost 1-0.“But the run of games we’re on gives them the belief they are doing the right things.”