St Johnstone not looking for excuses after Kilmarnock defeat

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St Johnstone's Liam Gordon is dejected at the full time result on Saturday.

Liam Gordon doesn’t believe the pre-match drama that affected St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright’s team selection was an excuse for the Perth side’s defeat to Kilmarnock.

The young centre-back was drafted into the starting line-up after Richard Foster was stuck in a traffic jam on the A9.

There were four players in the car that couldn’t make it to McDiarmid Park in time, with Michael O’Halloran only able to be listed as a substitute, and Chris Millar and Denny Johnstone left out completely.

Saints lost 2-1 but Gordon didn’t attribute the result to the selection confusion.

“You can look at it that way but we had 11 boys on the pitch who had prepared well and were willing to fight for the shirt so I don’t think we can blame that at all,” he said.

“It was the performance that let us down. We had a good first half but second half we weren’t at the races and we need to take a long, hard look at ourselves and bounce back next week.”

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