Ross County supervisor John Hughes believes being slightly extra streetwise might have made all of the distinction towards St Mirren on Saturday.
The Staggies went down 2–0 after seeing 18-year-old left-back Josh Reid and veteran midfielder Ross Draper get proven second yellow playing cards.
Even then, it took till the 76th minute for Marcus Fraser to make the breakthrough for St Mirren, with a second purpose from Kristian Dennis coming as County tried to salvage an unlikely level.
Hughes thinks if his gamers had stored a bit extra composure, they may have had an actual go at claiming a late equaliser as a substitute.
“Till the primary sending off, I felt we had been the higher group,” Hughes mentioned.
“We had the higher probabilities, we had been proper out of the traps and so they performed with every little thing I requested of them.
“The entire sport adjustments and we had been beneath the cosh, however even with 10 males I believed the spirit and need to maintain that clear sheet was commendable.
“We had been up towards it, so we went kamikaze on the finish. If we had simply stored it at 1-0 for a spell, I feel we’d have given them a wee little bit of fright.
“We simply wanted to be slightly bit extra streetwise.”
Buddies boss Jim Goodwin agreed that Reid’s crimson card within the first half was the turning level within the sport.
St Mirren nonetheless needed to benefit from having additional gamers and switch that right into a scoreboard lead although, so Goodwin was glad to see his squad flip in knowledgeable victory in less-than-ideal circumstances.
“There wasn’t a fantastic deal between the groups, I’ve to confess, however having younger Reid despatched off adjustments the entire sport,” he mentioned.
“It was a troublesome afternoon. The preparations for the sport weren’t best, we had pre-match lunch cancelled on us on the final minute.
“The boys needed to take a packed lunch for the bus, which isn’t probably the most skilled, however we requested them to not use that as an excuse or speak concerning the pitch being heavy within the rain.
“We requested them to indicate us what characters they’re – and they’re a terrific bunch of lads.
“They provide you every little thing on a matchday.
“We might have performed higher, and can play higher sooner or later, nevertheless it was all concerning the consequence. We ask them to be skilled and so they did that.”