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Nine-goal thriller stuns Lennon
Published : 30 Sep 2012 14:27:00
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has told the club's fans to continue to expect the unexpected after Saturday's incredible 5-4 victory. Steven Thompson's magnificent last-minute overhead kick earned Saints all three points over Ross County in a thrilling clash at St Mirren Park on Saturday. Iain Vigurs opened the scoring for County after 10 minutes and despite Thompson's leveller in the 39th minute, Grant Munro restored the visitors' lead on the stroke of half-time. Three St Mirren goals in the space of 10 minutes turned the game in the favour of the home side as Lewis Guy levelled from the penalty spot, Sam Parkin beat Michael Fraser to net the third and Kenny McLean drilled a low shot from outside the area into the bottom right-hand corner. County refused to give up, however, and Rocco Quinn netted with 10 minutes remaining and again 90 seconds later to level the game at 4-4. But as the clock approached the 90-minute mark, Thompson got on the end of Graham Carey's precise cross to beat Fraser in stunning style and earn St Mirren all three points. "You play lovely football, you've got the fans at the edge of their seat and then, five seconds later, it's in the back of your net," said Lennon. "That is us, and we will continually do that. That's what that performance was all about. "It's a very, very difficult game to digest." The St Mirren boss also hailed the impact of his second-half substitutes Parkin and McLean, who both hit the target against County. "I thought the two subs that came on, it was written for them, that the two of them went on and scored two wonderful goals." County boss Derek Adams was stunned after losing in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League for the second game in a row. The visitors looked like they had done enough to fight back for a point before conceding a last-gasp winner and Adams is hoping the disappointment will spur his side on to another run of good form. "That's the first time we've conceded five since we lost to Hamilton in Division One and we all know what happened after that - we went 40 games unbeaten so maybe it's an omen," said Adams. "It was a very good start from us and we dominated the first half but we haven't done well enough defensively. "All five goals we conceded were preventable so from that point of view St Mirren got out of jail when there shouldn't have been a way back for them after the first half. "Of course, we should have taken a point after getting it back to 4-4. We've thrown away a point last week against St Johnstone and given St Mirren three points."