Lennon Pleased With Position
St Mirren made the best of their opportunity to increase the gap between them and the bottom of the SPL Danny Lennon watched his side record their first consecutive wins of the season last night as S Mirren won 3-2 over Aberdeen. Added to their win over Hamilton on Saturday, the Buddies are now have a 12-point lead over the bottom club at the foot of the SPL. Michael Higdon, Craig Dargo and Steven Thomson were on target for the home side but it was far from a straightforward win. Saints conceded goals at the start and end of the second half, a Chris Maguire shot deflecting in off Hugh Murray after 46 minutes and Rob Milsom scoring in the 90th-minute in the bottom corner. This made life 'interesting' in the last remaining seconds of the game for Lennon who is taking nothing for granted but is pleased with his side's current position. He said: "We're in a healthier position than we were on Saturday. We can see a wee bit of light at the end of the tunnel, but we've got seven very important games to go. We had to make sure Saturday's three points didn't go to waste - it was important we took something out of the game. I'm absolutely delighted for the players." With seven games of the season remaining, including against Celtic and Rangers in the next two games before the split, Saints hold a 12-point lead over Accies, who now appear doomed to relegation. Dargo marked his return to the starting line-up by making two and scoring one and Lennon praised the striker's contribution. He said: "I'm absolutely delighted for him. He's a very, very important player for us." Aberdeen are in ninth place but are still three points clear of Saints. Manager Craig Brown was disappointed to return to Pittodrie empty-handed, with Aberdeen now having a record of one win in seven games. Brown said: "We deserved more than we got. I think we deserved at least a draw in the game - I thought we played well enough. It's not good form, we're conscious of that. But we've seen recently we're capable - the cup replay (against St Mirren) and the performance against Hearts." The loss did not come without other costs in the way of injuries for Zander Diamond, Rory McArdle and Jamie Langfield. Diamond has a stomach strain, McArdle a dislocated shoulder and goalkeeper Langfield a gashed shin and all could be doubtful for the Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic at Hampden Park on Sunday, 17 April. Brown went on: "We have a dressing room like a casualty ward. The result's not good but the injury situation is concerning us with the semi-final coming up. I'm particularly concerned about Diamond and McArdle. We'll need to wait on medical opinion."
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