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St Johnstone captain staying positive ahead of Inverness second leg

Saints were utterly dominant for the majority of the cinch Premiership play-off final first leg on Friday.

St Johnstone captain Liam Gordon staying positive ahead of Inverness second leg SNS Group

St Johnstone captain Liam Gordon focused on the positives after their 2-2 draw at Inverness and vowed to go out and take control of the second leg.

Saints were utterly dominant for the majority of the cinch Premiership play-off final first leg on Friday and goals from Shaun Rooney and Melker Hallberg had them two ahead inside 24 minutes.

But they squandered chances to hit Caley Thistle on the break and Billy Dodds’ side scored two late goals through Reece McAlear, the second a sensational free-kick.

St Johnstone’s top-flight status now depends on Monday’s one-off clash at McDiarmid Park but Gordon refused to be rocked by the late blow.

“I don’t really know how we didn’t (win) to be fair,” the defender said. “First 65 minutes, I thought we were brilliant then we concede the first goal.

“It’s obviously disappointing looking back at it. Having seen the photo, the boy’s at least three yards offside. That’s in the second phase and there was a head knock before.

“It’s disappointing to lose a goal in that fashion and then they score a worldie free-kick. Then it’s 2-2.

“But now it’s halfway, 2-2, all to play for in the second leg. We just need to dust ourselves down.

“If we can put that performance that we had, and just be more clinical, then we should do well.

“There are plenty positives to take. I was saying to the boys not to be too down. Obviously it’s a sore one, we didn’t want a draw after being two goals up, but that’s football.

“We dust ourselves down and we have a big performance to come now on Monday.”

Inverness grew in belief as the game progressed and will take that into the second leg.

“Of course they will fancy their chances,” Gordon said. “They’re in the play-off final, I don’t see why they wouldn’t.

“But we fancy our chances as well. If we turn up the way we can, we fancy ourselves as well.

“I thought we did a lot well but could have done better going forward. We have another chance to put it to bed and make amends.

“There is so much to play for, so much at stake. Boys can’t have their head down.

“We need to look at the positives of what we did in the first leg. There are plenty of them. We just need to do it again on Monday and be more clinical.”