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Oran Kearney anticipates difficult match against St Johnstone

St Mirren manager Oran Kearney expects a difficult match when the Buddies travel to Perth tomorrow to face St Johnstone in the Ladbrokes Premiership. 

Saints have already faced the Perth side twice this season - once at McDiarmid and once at the Simple Digital Arena. 

Oran anticipates it being another stern challenge for the Buddies in our bid for Premiership survival and hopes the side can maintain recent good form heading into the final nine games of the season.

It'll be another tough game," Oran said.

"We have played them twice this season and both games have been really tough.

"It's not rocket science to see the job Tommy [Wright] has done up there and how well he has them organised.

"We have got to try and hit that same level again. We've got to get close to where we have been in the last few weeks and make sure we are up around that level if we are to get anything out of that game. 

"We have nine games left and 27 points to play for so it's in our hands. It's not panic stations, there's no big histrionics or anything else.

"Everybody is aware of the scenario we are in, but everybody is also aware of what it is going to take to get us out of that scenario.

"We've had our biggest points haul all season over the last month. It's so important that we keep that level of consistency that we are starting to find." 

The gaffer made a number of changes to the squad in January with a number of players leaving the club, while the likes of Vaclav Hladky, Mihai Popescu, Mateo Muzek, Duckens Nazon and more were added. 

He believes that Saints are beginning to see the best of the new boys now they have started to settle at the club and praised them for what they have brought to the team.

The new players that have come in have all done extremely well and are all improving game-by-game.

"They came in with some obstacles on the pitch and some obstacles off the pitch in terms of language and everything else.

"As all of that starts to even itself out and settle itself down you are hoping we start to see the best of these guys and for me that has been quite apparent in the last few games."

The Buddies will be without captain Stephen McGinn after the skipper aggravated a hernia issue just prior to kick-off in Monday night's match against Kilmarnock. 

Other than that, the manager expects the squad to be the same that faced Kilmarnock.

Stephen McGinn won't be available for selection as he has had a minor operation for a hernia. Apart from that it will be the same squad from Monday night."


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