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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 April 2007, 18:58 GMT 19:58 UK
Coyle proud of hard luck Saints
St Johnstone manager Owen Coyle
Coyle says his side deserve something to show for their efforts
St Johnstone manager Owen Coyle feels that his valiant side deserved something tangible to show for their efforts after missing out on promotion.

He said:"Football is played over 90 minutes and I applaud Gretna for scoring late in the game, cruel as it was to us.

"But that's football with its highs and lows.

"I realise the word 'proud' is often over-used but tonight I have nothing but pride in this squad's achievements.

Despite winning their own game 4-3 at Hamilton, Saints were denied promotion to the SPL when James Grady scored an injury-time winner against Ross County to hand Gretna the First Division title by a single point.

Coyle continued: "It was a big ask to begin with - Hamilton had only lost one game all season and we came here and scored four goals.

"Some of the players were a bit nervy in the second half.

"When our game finished there were still five minutes to play at Dingwall and we were aware the score was still 2-2.

"It was a very anxious wait in the dressing room, then came that sinking feeling."

In a season of near misses, St Johnstone also reached the semi-finals of the CIS and Scottish Cups only to fall at the penultimate hurdle on both occasions."

And Coyle concluded: "The players deserve something tangible for their efforts."



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