Ross off the Mark at St Mirren

  • First League win for St Mirren manager Jack Ross
  • Saints won 3-2 away to Queen of the South
  • Last minute winner from Stevie Mallan
  • Sport Careers Agency client Ross took over from Alex Rae in October
  • Saints host Raith Rovers on Saturday

MATCHWINNER: Stevie Mallan strikes for St Mirren

ST MIRREN boss Jack Ross has confessed his side's nightmarish run in the Scottish Championship led him into a period of soul-searching.

Sport Careers Agency client Ross had seen his Saints suffer six league wins on the spin under his guidance despite keeping their runs alive in the IRN BRU and Scottish Cups.

Before Tuesday night's 2-3 win at Queen of the South at Palmerston Ross' side had yet to register a league win all season.

Jack, who took over from the axed Alex Rae, finally saw them triumph at the campaign's 15th attempt and he admitted: "I have been examining myself and my role in this during this run and I would be the first to admit that.

"I love the job but I have to assess myself and we have been expansive in the way we play.

"You start to question yourself and wonder whether you should shut up shop and try to nick wins."

Former Hearts Under-20s coach Ross' star was on the rise at League One side Alloa before he landed the step into full-time management again at St Mirren.

He has endured a difficult start to life in Paisley but has kept faith with the rising stars from his Academy and saw 18-year-old midfielder Kyle Magennis sparkle against Queens.

Jack stressed: "I have young players with pace and energy in that midfield and Kyle Magennis showed what he has as a midfielder.

"I said from Day One that he had an ability to drive with pace with the ball from central areas that not many people have.

"Stevie Mallan is also getting more like himself every single week and we are starting to see his quality.

"It was great to look at the four midfielders at the end and see Mallan was the oldest at 20.

"They need the experience to help them but they know I have a lot of trust in them and that it won't be one bad performance and they are back out.

"I have faith in them and it will not diminish as long as they keep producing.

"I hope they will go on and have bigger moments in their careers but for now this was a big night for them."

Ross' side are still six points adrift at the bottom of the Championship table but go into Saturday's home clash with Raith Rovers on a high now.

Jack is at the helm of a club whose last five coaches have had an average tenure of seven months and just 24 games in charge.

New chairman Gordon Scott insists the appointment of Ross will now bring stability to the troubled fan-owned club.

His manager, though, has felt the heat as the run wore on and he said: "I didn't think it would take this long for the first league win but I do believe we are capable
of going on a run now.

"I know this league through my time with Alloa and I know what we face, we look a little healthier now.

"I hope people start looking behind themselves because I believe in what we are doing.

"That win has been coming, we haven't had some breaks and I was delighted we were playing again quickly after Saturday because we have been playing well."

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