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Paul McGinn: Defeat was sore but encouragement to take

Paul McGinn admits Saturday's defeat against Rangers was hard to take.

But the full-back hopes the side will show the same fight when Saints travel to Dundee on Saturday. 

The Buddies had chances against Steven Gerrard's side and contained them well before an 80th minute Daniel Candieas cross found its way into the back of the net, with Alfredo Morelos added a second in the dying embers. 

Up next for St Mirren is a trip to Dens Park to face bottom side Dundee and McGinn wants to see the side take Saturday's positives on the road with them.

 Speaking to stmirren.com, McGinn said: "It's sore.

Everyone can see it's a cross that does us. It's that old thing that when you're down there that's the way things seem to be. 

"It was a lot better though and I think the fans appreciated it a lot more. 

"We went back to four at the back and decided to get at them and I thought we did that. That's definitely encouraging.

"We need to take it on the road now. On the road hasn't been good enough and we need to first and foremost fight.

"It's another team who won't be high on confidence so we have no excuse in terms of that and we'll look to go and get the three points."

Lee Hodson has played at left-back for Saints for the majority of the season but was ineligible to play against Rangers due to his loan deal. 

With Hodson ruled out and Adam Eckersley not quite ready to return to action, 17 year-old Ethan Erhahon was pitched in for his first Premiership start.

McGinn was impressed by the St Mirren Academy graduate and hopes to see him kick-on. 

I thought Ethan was brilliant," McGinn said. 

"He must have been nervous as he got thrown in at the deep end and I thought he was magnificent.

"He did really well against Ryan Kent and even on a booking.

"Sometimes with Ethan you wonder if he is interested to be here as he's got that sort of laid back presence about him.

"If he can get that fire in his belly he'll be a top player."

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