St Mirren manager Danny Lennon last night applauded his players for staging a brave fightback in the 1-1 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park.
The Buddies got off to the worst possible start in Lanarkshire yesterday afternoon when former Saints star Michael Higdon scored for the Steelmen with just 60 seconds on the clock.
However, just when it looked like Lennon’s men would be heading home empty-handed, talented teenager Thomas Reilly grabbed a dramatic equaliser deep into time added on.
It was Reilly’s first ever SPL goal and no more than Saints deserved after fighting their way back into the game.
Lennon told Express Sports: “I thoroughly enjoyed the match and I really enjoyed the performance.
“Fir Park is a very difficult place to visit and this is a very valuable point for us.
“I loved the reaction we got from the players after losing to Hibs last week. They knew they had let themselves down.
“Everything we worked on in training, we got in spades against Motherwell but it’s important that we try to string results together on a more consistent basis.”
The travelling fans were left fearing the worst when Higdon came back to haunt them by firing Motherwell into an early lead.
He enjoyed a slice of good fortune when the ball glanced off Lee Mair, allowing the big Scouser to guide the ball past Craig Samson from 12 yards.
Lennon reflected: “We had asked them to play with the same commitment they showed in the second half against Hibs last week but the early goal didn’t help.
“A goal like that can sometimes dampen your enthusiasm but I thought our response was top drawer.”
Lennon also defended the way his team tries to play football from the back, although he admits that style does come with risks attached.
He said: “It’s there for everyone to see. It’s no secret that’s the way we want to play this season but, when you do that, you will take risks.
“That’s two weeks on the trot that we seem to have been punished for brave defending.
“Lee probably got too good a header on the ball and, unfortunately, it goes right into Michael’s path.
“You can take nothing away from Michael as it was a lovely finish but the response we got after that was great and I thought we certainly deserved something out of the game.”