Saints Hope To Turn Luck Around
A cup defeat is hard to take but the Perth Saints will want to bounce back in the league
St Johnstone will want to take advantage of their chance to take another step up the table when they travel to Hibs on Monday night. Saints overtook Aberdeen into fifth place two weeks ago with a convincing 3-1 win over the Dons at McDiarmid Park. Steve Lomas' side site just a point behind Hibs, but with a game in hand. The Saints manager is looking for his side to bounce back from their William Hill Scottish Cup defeat to St Mirren last week, and to make amends for two loses to Hibs earlier this season. In August last year Pat Fenlon's side won 2-0 at home and then 1-0 at McDiarmid Park in November but Lomas is looking to stop the Easter Road side making it a hat-trick. The Northern Irishman said: "We did well against Aberdeen and we took our chances that day. And at this stage it is about getting as many wins as possible and we will take a win by hook or crook. But Hibs will see it the same way, a chance to increase their lead over us, so there should be all to play for. The performance levels against them this season have been good but not in terms of results. I am more than happy with the way we played against them. With a bit of luck and better finishing we could have beat them and that was the same last week against St Mirren. Any time you go out of the cup it is always disappointing, especially when we could have been 2-0 up at half-time, had it not been for their goalkeeper." Lomas will be looking to his side to get the opening goal against Hibs after going behind to St Mirren in the cup. He said: "The first goal was critical and of course it was St Mirren who got it. We pushed on and left spaces at the back and they got a second and goals change games. But we had more than enough chances to win the game."
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