Joe Shaughnessy was left with a ‘sickening’ feeling after St Mirren lost a Scottish Premiership top six spot on the final game of the season pre-split.
St Johnstone’s 1-0 win over Ross County meant that the Buddies had to beat Hamilton to secure a top six spot. But Kyle Munro’s last-minute header snatched it away from St Mirren in the final moments during a 1-1 draw, dropping into the bottom half on goal difference.
While there was dubiety over the free-kick which resulted in Munro’s goal, Shaughnessy says it shouldn’t have been left so late: “We should have dealt with the free kick better. Our setup wasn’t very good and they had the spare man. The referee gave the free kick so we’ve got to deal with it. It’s sickening.
“We didn’t do enough in the game. We should’ve put it to bed. We had enough chances. But we shouldn’t have even let it come down to this. We had seven games at home last month and we didn’t get enough points. We just didn’t do enough today and over the last six weeks.
“We had four home games in about two weeks and got one win and three draws. It wasn’t that goal there that cost us, it was those games and not putting enough points on the board. We had enough time to do it, it should never have come down to the last five minutes of this game.”
Munro meanwhile says it was harder to miss than score his header: “It’s good, coming off the bench especially and getting a goal like that and getting us the draw is good. I was actually free at the back, nobody was marking me – it was harder to miss, in a sense, because there was nobody round about me.
“We just keep going to the final whistle, even if we’re getting beat 3-0 or 4-0, we still try, and it was good, the mentality. Maybe in the first half we weren’t the greatest team, but in the second half we came out, I thought we were all over them and deserved a point, maybe even a win.”
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