11 Mar Jack Ross hails ‘terrific’ performance as leaders St Mirren see off Dunfermline
St Mirren extended their Ladbrokes Championship lead to 11 points with a 2-0 victory over Dunfermline but manager Jack Ross was just as pleased to see his players reinforce their confidence with a “terrific” performance.
The leaders needed a 69th-minute penalty from Harry Davis to break the deadlock before Liam Smith doubled their advantage three minutes later and Ross felt they were dominant throughout.
St Mirren were without star player Lewis Morgan after the Celtic-bound winger was struck down by tonsillitis but still produced one of their best displays of the season.
After a 4-1 defeat by Livingston and an edgy 1-0 win over bottom club Brechin in previous weeks, Ross felt they had given themselves a major lift.
Ross told his club’s official website: “It was a terrific performance.
“It was obviously pleasing for me as a manager but most importantly for the players, sometimes they need a reinforcement of how good they are.
“It can come from me and my staff, but sometimes they need to produce a performance that reminds them.
“They are a good squad of players, they have shown that, not just this season but before that. I had a couple of meetings with them this week to remind them of their recent record and how good it has been.
“That level of performance will help them in that respect and we obviously did it without a player who has been very important for us this season in Lewis and who has contributed to us winning matches.
“So that again strengthens the belief in the group that they will continue to win games.”
Livingston’s home game against Inverness was postponed along with Dundee United’s trip to Brechin and the other team in the top four, Morton, suffered a 3-1 defeat at Falkirk.
The Bairns were three ahead inside half an hour following goals from Aaron Muirhead, Andrew Nelson and Alex Jakubiak.
Queen of the South’s 1-0 win at Dumbarton moved them into fifth place, two points behind Dundee United, who they host on Tuesday. Dom Thomas netted the only goal from a free-kick.