Danny Lennon hopes cup run can relieve current league woes

The St Mirren manager believes his players will want to make up for their League Cup exit by beating Hamilton in their Scottish Cup replay.

St Mirren boss Danny Lennon believes other SPL sides are treating his team with more respect
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Danny Lennon hopes to use St Mirren’s Scottish Cup replay as a distraction to their current league woes.

The Paisley men haven’t won since Christmas Eve when they beat Rangers 2-1 at home.

Since then they have gone four matches without a win including SPL defeats to Hearts and Kilmarnock as well as draws with Dundee United and Tuesday’s opponents Hamilton.

However Lennon believes recent results are proof that other sides are giving Saints more respect than last term.

"Our form has been good, the results have not been good," he told Press Association Sport.

"It has been two defeats and two draws and there is no getting away from that.

"But I think we were unlucky to lose the two games (against Hearts and Kilmarnock).

"A lot of teams are showing us respect and we have got to be able to handle that.

"We are trying to win games but teams are sitting in and we take that as a compliment but it is difficult to break down 10 men.

"But we can take great heart from the performances.

"The game against Hearts was bizarre and very frustrating to be honest.

"We had 67 per cent of possession at Tynecastle and created twice as many chances as they did but we were undone by Rudi Skacel, he was the big difference with the three goals he scored."

After exiting the League Cup to First Division Ayr United, Lennon believes his players will be fired up for the clash with the Accies.

"We want to put things right tomorrow night and that is what's motivating us," said the former Cowdenbeath boss.

"We owe the fans it for the game against Ayr United. We want to exorcise that ghost.

"We didn't create much against Hamilton in the first game which is not like us.

"But I thought we were comfortable, I didn't think we would ever lose it.

"I was at Hamilton's win over Partick Thistle on Friday night and they did well.

"They have a good balance of youth and experience and they have a good, strong, mentality.

"And with that mentality, they will want to prove a point against us.

"But it is important to this group of players to do well in the cup.

"It is our dream to win it and that dream is still alive.

"We want to achieve things at St Mirren and on our day we believe we can handle anybody."

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