McCall: Draw was right result

However, the Steelmen boss admitted the Buddies fully deserved

to get something out of Sunday’s clash.

McCall’s men had looked set to claim their second win of the

Scottish Premier League season as they led through Michael Higdon’s

early opener deep into stoppage time.

However, St Mirren, who had received a boost in the 88th minute

when home defender Shaun Hutchinson was sent off, claimed a share

of the spoils when substitute Thomas Reilly bundled the ball into

the net after Steven Thompson forced an excellent save from Darren


That was a major blow for the hosts, but McCall conceded a draw

was the right result.

“I was disappointed for the lads and didn’t want to see them

around (referee Euan) Norris at the end of the game,” he said.

“There’s no doubt that St Mirren deserved a share of the points

but we’re disappointed in the way that it came about.

“Overall we weren’t good enough in possession and struggled to

keep the ball.”

McCall revealed Hutchinson was distraught at his late red card

but hopes the 21-year-old will learn from the experience.

Hutchinson received a yellow card for dissent with 10 minutes

remaining and was then dismissed for the second time in as many

matches when he lunged in on Reilly – much to the anger of the home


“Shaun has to learn from his first booking,” McCall said. “He

took too long to leave the pitch – he’s inconsolable in the

dressing room.”

St Mirren boss Danny Lennon felt his team, who dominated for

long spells before grabbing their late leveller, were good value

for a point.

“It is a very difficult place to come and this was a very

valuable point,” he said.

“We can look at Motherwell and aspire to reach the levels of

consistency they have in order to qualify for Europe.

“We got off to the worst possible start and that’s two weeks in

a row we’ve been punished for brave defending, but the response we

got after that was great.

“We certainly deserved something from the game and I was

thinking before the end that we would take something from it

regardless of the result.”