Teale defiant in defeat

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St Mirren boss Gary Teale has refused to give up the fight to stay in the Scottish Premiership after 3-0 defeat to Ross County.

A Liam Boyce hat-trick gave the Staggies a fourth consecutive win but it dealt a further blow to the Buddies, who remain 10 points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Teale vowed to keep fighting until the end.

“[It is] a big ask to stay up, we’ll never throw in the towel but being realistic with the kind of form that we’re in it’s going to be a tall order, especially with no real consistency in our play.

“As the manager I feel extremely low and disappointed. The goals we’ve conceded have been very soft and that has been the story all season. Giving away soft goals just knocks the stuffing out of us.”

Meanwhile, County boss Jim McIntyre hailed his side’s performance which ensured they can’t finish bottom of the Premiership and gave them an eighth win in nine games.

“The team’s form overall has even surprised me, its all down to players. We’ve got a group of players that are desperate to do well, the additions in January have been excellent and we remain focused on the job in hand.

“Its great that we’re definitely safe from automatic relegation, but there is still so much work that needs to be done so that we don’t finish in 11th place.”

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