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St Mirren boss admits players have been distracted by cup final talk

Danny Lennon is looking forward to preparing for Sunday’s Hampden date with Hearts.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon
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Danny Lennon says he’s happy to turn his attention to the League Cup final after admitting his St Mirren players have been distracted by their Hampden date with Hearts.

The Paisley side drew 0-0 with Dundee United and have won two SPL matches since their League Cup semi-final win over Celtic.

And Lennon is happy to have a full week to prepare for the game.

He said: "It was an evenly contested game.

"We had a few attempts at goal so we've worked their goalkeeper, and they worked Craig Samson, who had a fantastic stop from short distance which was a key moment in the game.

"I'm absolutely delighted that we can go into a full working week of preparation for the cup final with no more games in between - it's been a demanding few weeks for us, but now we can focus on what the talk's been since the semi-final.

"We're just delighted to come of this game having picked up a valuable point; like every point we've gained this season we've had to fight and scrap and it was the same today.

"After the final, we then come into nine very important league games and that's our bread and butter, what we're primarily judged upon."

The St Mirren manager admitted that his players have been caught up in looking ahead to the final.

"I'd like to say it hasn't been a distraction but it has, there's no doubt about that, and the players are honest and will tell you that, but that's football," he said.

"Some will be playing in what they feel is the biggest game of their career, and we have a lot of young boys for whom hopefully it's the start and they have many big games within them.

"We'll leave no stone unturned - we want to go there on Sunday, bring the cup back and make it a memorable occasion for our fans.

"We have to take the positives out of this game, look at the negatives and put them right, and balance that to make sure we bring all our qualities, as that will be needed in the final."

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