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Wright angered by four players missing out due to traffic

St Johnstone had to reshuffle their team after an accident caused travel chaos.

Tommy Wright says his players had no excuse for being late.
Tommy Wright says his players had no excuse for being late. SNS

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright had no sympathy for four players caught up in traffic before his reshuffled side lost 2-1 at home to Kilmarnock.

Wright had to drop Michael O'Halloran and Richard Foster from his starting line-up after a carload failed to arrive until well into the first half of their Scottish Premiership encounter at McDiarmid Park.

Chris Millar and Denny Johnstone were also late after an accident on the A9 at about 12.40pm near Dunblane forced the closure of a long stretch of the road.

Kilmarnock had safely navigated the same route earlier and triumphed thanks to goals in each half from Stuart Findlay and Eamonn Brophy, either side of Steven McLean's header.

Wright kept one substitute's spot open for O'Halloran but left the on-loan Rangers player on the bench and saw another replacement, David Wotherspoon, hit the post with a 20-yard strike late in the game.

The Saints manager did not speak to the media after the match but had expressed his displeasure during an interview on BBC Radio Scotland shortly before 3pm.

"Our plans have been thrown into sort of chaos," he said. "Foster and O'Halloran haven't made it on time. We've had to make two changes before the game even starts.

"I've absolutely no sympathy for them. It's up to them to get here on time.

"They've got caught up in something which obviously isn't their fault, but other players made it from the same area."

Wright, who promoted Liam Gordon and Graham Cummins to the team, added: "Ultimately, it's a player's responsibility to get to his place of work on time. I'm not happy."

The 66th-minute winner was Brophy's first goal since his summer move from Hamilton and Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke was pleased to see his five changes pay off following a home defeat by Aberdeen.

On Brophy, who limped off late on, Clarke said: "He's fine, he just picked up a little bit of cramp, he hasn't been involved that often this season.

"He's been good in and around training. I always had it in the back of my mind that he was due a start, similar to Dominic Thomas.

"I thought Eamonn did very well and grabbed his chance. Dom was good, he ran out of steam a little bit in the second half.

"But I think it's nice for the squad players that they can see we are looking at everybody, we are not just looking at the same 11.

"It's important for squad players to know that, when they're working hard and doing well in training, that the manager and the coaching staff are looking at them and we will give them a chance."

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