Danny: My Buddies deserve a break
Jan 3 2013
by Andy Newport, Paisley Daily Express
Buddies boss Danny Lennon insists his players have earned a rest after a busy festive season.
Lennon has given his squad a six-day break while the SPL goes into a two-week shutdown, with many of the Saints stars heading off for some winter sun.
And, having lost just one of their last nine games following yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock, he can have no complaints about his team’s recent efforts.
Lennon said: “We’re now beginning to see us fulfil our potential. Some individuals are really hitting top form.
“We are a tight squad and they deserve that wee bit of sun on their back. It’s been a good festive period for us, taking eight points out of 12.”
The Paisley men dominated yesterday’s match but came up against on-form Killie keeper Cammy Bell.
Lennon threw on Dougie Imrie at half-time for teenage starlet John McGinn and the move worked a treat as the substitute tricked visiting defender Mark O’Hara into conceding a penalty.
“I thought it was a terrific game,” said Lennon. “I love playing against Kilmarnock because we both get the ball down and play.
“It’s a wee bit of a boxing match – they have the ball and then we’ll have it.
“We thought we would try to surprise them in the second half by really going for it and putting Dougie on to go 4-2-4 and try to stretch them.
“Dougie really gave the young full-back Mark O’Hara a torrid time.”