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May 9th - This will be the last news update on the Temple. After 16 years of plenty of highs and (not many) lows, I've no longer got the time or resource to spend doing the updates. There are plenty of alternative sources of rumour, gossip, reports and Saintee-related news these days. Therefore it seems like a fitting time to bow out gracefully and let these other sites take up the mantle. The current contents will be left online for the forseeable future. Thanks for reading the site over the years.
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May 8th - After signing a new deal, Andy
Jackson is looking to cement his place in the Saints side. Speaking to the Courier he said, "I wasn’t sure what was going to happen because I’ve not played much so I’m delighted to get six months and I’ll be working extra hard to extend that. You could say the season’s end is the wrong time for me because I’m getting back into the team, but on the other hand it’s just the right time because it gives me time to prepare and get properly fit for the start of next season. I’ve worked hard over the last couple of months and done well in training and that’s why I’m back in the squad but, even then, you can never be sure, so I’m delighted to get a bit of security.
Derek McInnes will have a clearout next week so the game today is likely to see some farewell appearances. The manager said, "We want to finish as strongly as possible and there is an obligation on us to maximise the financial rewards for the club because, at the moment, every penny is a prisoner. There’s also professional pride which means we want to finish seventh. We’ve been playing recently against teams with a lot more to play for but Hamilton, like ourselves, have shown good spirit and the right attitude to finish the fixtures strongly and both have to be given credit for that."
One player who'll take no part is Filipe Morais who misses out again with a knee injury.
5.30pm - It was heartbreak at the end as a combination of some dodgy opposition tactics and incompetent officials rounded off our first season back in the SPL with a 3-2 defeat at home to Hamilton, a result that sees us slip to 8th in the league. Farewells to Doobs and Sheerinho who played their last games for Saints and they leave with the best wishes of Saints fans everywhere.
As for the rest of the league, Falkirk's failure to score in the goalless draw at Rugby Park has consigned them to the First Division - allowing us all to come out and confirm to Steven Pressley that he isn't imagining it but we do hate them.
May 7th - The planning has started for next season and the latest player to sign up is Andy
Jackson. Currently on his way back after a long spell out through injury and out of contract this summer, Saints have given him a 6-month deal to get himself back into the side. Derek McInnes told the Official Site, "We have given Jacko a contract through to the end of the year and it is up to him to take advantage of the opportunity. I have seen signs in the last two or three weeks of the Andy Jackson we remember and were waiting for. He has a real hard time of it but it has taken far longer than we ever imagined to get him to this stage. He now has to keep progressing and showing the right approach. We know what he is capable of but we have stepped-up a level since he was scoring goals regularly here. Injury aside, he has to be in tip-top physical condition to give himself a real chance."
There's also a German goalkeeper on trial at McDiarmid this week - one Michael Langer whose apparently played in the Bundesliga.
May 5th - We're set to play the Bairns tonight so surprise, surprise, it's Liam Craig(right) who is interviewed in the papers today. Speaking in the Courier he said, "We are still sore about not making the top six but we are determined to hold on to seventh place. The split has been around for a few years now but certain aspects of it are still strange. For instance, it is possible that the team which finishes in seventh position can have a higher points total than the side in sixth. But as players, we just have to get on with it. We had a good win last Saturday at Kilmarnock against a team fighting for their lives. It is great that we are not involved in the relegation dogfight but we just have to continue being professional and hopefully end the season on a high against Hamilton who are just behind us. However, we know it will be a really difficult game as their recent run is the sort of form that is worthy of a top three finish. Before that though, we have a vital game against Falkirk. Finishing seventh would obviously be important both to the club in terms of money from the SPL and the players in the form of bonuses but pride is the overriding factor to us. Against Kilmarnock, we were determined to finally win against a side who had beaten us three times already this season. Likewise, we have not lost to Falkirk this term and we will be doing everything to ensure we maintain that record on Wednesday night and complete a clean sweep."
He went on, "I have friends at Killie as well as Falkirk and, as I said, we have our pride to consider. We also want to win for our fans who have been magnificent for us this season and will probably travel in good numbers again. As professionals, we want to win every game so Falkirk will not be getting any favours from us. Obviously, every team wants to stay in this league but their fate will not be decided by the last two matches—it is what has happened with their results over the course of the season that is the crucial factor. If they go down it is their own fault—but enormous credit to them if they manage to stay up."
Derek McInnes is taking nothing for granted. "We have had two wins and a draw against them. Obviously, there is a lot riding on the game for them and there is a lot of tension and anxiety from their camp which I can perfectly understand. However, we are not arrogant enough to believe we are wholly better than any team down there. On any given day, there is not much between us and like any game we have to fight our corner and hopefully get a positive result."
11pm - A nice boring goalless draw against Falkirk tonight saw us cling onto 7th by a single point as Accies had the same score against the Paisley junkies. Little to say of the game with no real incidents of note although sub Josh Falkingham had a good claim for a penalty turned down.
May 4th - Tomorrow sees the penultimate game of the season with a trip to Falkirk. And while the performances haven't been great Derek McInnes is more than happy with the fight the boys have shown to come from behind and stretch our unbeaten run to four games. The manager told the Courier, "That is us four games unbeaten now and we have had to come from behind in all of them to get something. It is pleasing and it shows there is good character and resilience in the team. We may not have been at our best but we have managed to dig out results. We put in a good performance in the second half on Saturday. We have produced a lot of similar displays this season which is the main reason we are not involved in the relegation issues. We all know the consequences of dropping out of the league. We spent seven years looking in from the outside and were desperate to get back in. Now that we are there, we want to stay—like the two clubs fighting it out at the bottom, Kilmarnock and Falkirk. Both of them have it in their own hands to affect what happens. We are aware there will be a lot of tension on Wednesday but, from a St Johnstone point of view, we just want to finish the season strongly."
Filipe Morais is the latest doubt - the winger missed out on Saturday due to swelling on his knee and it looks like the same problem may keep him out of the squad for the Bairns game.
May 1st - Kevin Rutkiewicz is aiming to bury the Killie hoodoo today which has seen us take hee-haw by way of points from Tango Calderwood's men. Speaking to the Courier, the Saints skipper said, "It was great to be back against Aberdeen. It has been a frustrating time as I have been fit but because of the backlog of league games, it was difficult to organise bounce matches. So I’d only had 70 minutes of action before the Aberdeen game which was not ideal. I played another 45 minutes in a closed-doors game on Tuesday—actually I played 50 minutes as I came on again for the last five as we only had a couple of subs. It was a wee cameo role up front which was good fun and I managed to score a goal. It was even better than Pique’s one. I left the two centre-halves in my wake and then dinked the keeper. But I just want to finish the season strongly, stay fit and look towards next season."
As for the current season he's full of praise for the way the players have handled themselves in the SPL, "Jody stepped in and has done a great job. He has been the captain on the footballing side. Off the field, I have just been trying to do the right things. For instance, there are a lot of younger guys here and I tried to show them that I was working hard even when I was injured. I would be in and about the club maybe overseeing wee things and sorting out bits and pieces. But you cannot help feeling out of the loop and not a part of the squad when you are injured for so long. The club have had a tremendous season and from a personal point of view, it would have been horrific to have had to watch if they were in a dogfight or rooted to the bottom. I think every player can look back and consider themselves a success this season."
He believes Killie owe Saints as well, "We have probably kept Kilmarnock in the race to survive the drop. Each season, every club has a team they have problems against— previously, it was Queen of the South, now it is Killie. For instance, I think in the game up here, we battered them but they had one half shot on goal and it ended up going in. Kevin Kyle in particular has been a thorn in our side. From a professional point of view, it really hurts when a team has taken nine points off you in a season. When we look back, that nine points would have been invaluable to us in our bid for a top six place. So it would be a nice record to set straight and to get a victory over them as we bid to finish as high as we can."
No new injury worries for Saints with Steven Milne back in the squad.
7pm - In an echo of the last couple of games Saints again came from behind and recovered from a poor opening spell. Today though we went one better with goals from the Kenny Deuchar and Collin Samuel seeing us run out 2-1 winners at Rugby Park in a game which shoves Killie down with the Bairns as the relegation battle goes to the wire. Elsewhere in the bottom six and Accies thrashed the Sheep at Pittodrie leaving them pressing us in the battle for seventh spot and the Sheep gaffer Mark McGhee apparently dishing out the verbal abuse to the BBC reporter.
Finally congratulations to ex-Saintee Allan Moore who's managed to win the Second Division Championship with Stiling Albion.
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