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St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes backs Liam Caddis

St Johnstone midfielder Liam Caddis
Caddis had won himself a contract extension with St Johnstone

Derek McInnes expects 16-year-old Liam Caddis to bounce back after being hauled off after 45 minutes of his first competitive start.

The midfielder was replaced with Alan Maybury at half-time as St Johnstone lost 2-0 at home to Motherwell.

"We took a chance putting Liam in," said the Saints manager. "He has done fantastically well with us.

"And I have every faith in him. For a youngster, it's a learning curve and he will learn from that."

Caddis had made two substitute appearances this season and, having impressed McInnes with his "composure and ability", won himself a contract extension this month.

But the more experienced Maybury was brought on at half-time against Motherwell with the Perth side already two goals behind.

"Alan Maybury has always been known as a full-back but came in there and used his experience and we started to get a bit more hold of the game," said McInnes.

St Johnstone sit bottom of the Scottish Premier League with one point from four games and the manager believes they have paid for the loss of some experienced campaigners.

"We've had to suffer injuries this season, there's no question of that," he told BBC Scotland.

"We have a young boy going in at 16 making his first competitive start and ideally you want your captain, Jody Morris, and the experience he brings.

"We have missed Liam Craig, we've missed Dave Mackay - and we had to play Mackay now as we need to bring him up to speed and he will be better for it.

"So we've not had our troubles to seek, no question about that. But, once we get our better players back in about it, I am sure we will show ourselves better than we are at the minute."

Saints created more chances in the first minute than the following 89 as Marcus Haber, Cleveland Taylor and Murray Davidson all failed to convert inside the box.

"We are lacking a wee spark," suggested McInnes, who hopes for an improvement in a "big game" against third-bottom St Mirren next weekend.

"Liam gives us a natural balance in terms of playing that left side.

"It would be wrong to say we aren't worried. The performances up until now have been pretty solid, but this was a bit more of a concern.

"We are concerned about results and we expected to win, although Motherwell are a good side.

"We just need to keep working hard and we are hoping that our injury situation clears up and we get one or two back to make us a bit more rounded, more balanced and more experience."

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see also
St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell
11 Sep 10 |  Scottish Premier
Caddis wins Perth deal extension
06 Sep 10 |  St Johnstone

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