By Calum McCrindle
Tommy Wright was pleased with the performance from his St Johnstone side as they ensured they were in the draw for the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup.
The Saints were looking to prove a point against Ayr United and continue their good form in Ayrshire.
They saw off a gritty performance from Ayr who dug in for most of the game after going a man down inside thirty minutes. Callum Hendry was involved in both goals for the Perthshire side as they came away with a 2-1 victory.
The last time St Johnstone made it to the quarter finals of the cup they went on to win and they’ll be hoping there’s an outside chance they can do it again.
Wright praised the efforts of his team for getting the job done: “I emphasised to them especially in the team meeting this morning that they’ve got to come off that pitch in the hat for the next round, preferably with the win and they did that.
“Both sides deserve credit because the conditions were horrendous, and I think Ayr will probably feel a bit unlucky because they started the game really well. Once it settled and we got the equaliser we were in control.”
The Saints manager also commended Hendry for his efforts at the focal point of the attack “I didn’t wake up this morning and think I’m going to play Callum we’d looked at the games coming up and I thought this game we might be able to dominate possession although it didn’t look like that at the very start.
“He probably at the minute comes alive more in the box so I’m pleased for him. The second one’s a great header with a great ball from Drey Wright. No matter what the conditions were, it was a great goal.”