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Robinson hopes St Mirren fans can take encouragement despite defeat

The Buddies showed great character to draw level from going two goals down before finally losing 4-2.

Stephen Robinson hopes St Mirren fans can take encouragement despite defeat SNS Group

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson hopes the club’s fans can draw encouragement from Saturday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat at Hearts.

The Buddies showed great character to draw level from going two goals down before finally losing 4-2.

Some 1300 Saints fans made the journey to the capital for the televised clash and Robinson, who has now overseen five games since replacing Jim Goodwin, believes they are seeing progress under his stewardship.

He said: “The fans were superb, they have been. It costs a fortune to come and watch football and hopefully they are seeing the style of play we want to implement.

“We want to bring some new players in, not wholesale changes, and we need to get people like Eamonn Brophy fit.

“He was tired after 60 minutes but you leave him on because he might just nick that goal for you.

“We’ve got three games to go to the split and I’m confident we can get into the top six.

“If we get six points, maybe even four we give ourselves a chance.”

Hearts stormed into a two-goal lead with efforts from Beni Baningime and Peter Haring but Brophy pulled one back before the break.

Connor Ronan levelled with a stunning drive from distance before Hearts substitute Aaron McEneff found the net and then set up Ellis Simms for the fourth.

Robinson added: “We scored two wonder goals but we didn’t hold the 2-2 long enough and didn’t do our defensive duties right.

“We didn’t have that ownership of the game that would have allowed the crowd to get on top of them a little bit.”

Hearts currently sit third in the cinch Premiership are on course to claim European football but manager Robbie Neilson wants a good season to become a memorable one by delivering success.

He said: “So far, it’s been a good season. But that’s the key, so far.

“We still have a lot to do. We have to try and secure that third spot in the league.

“We’re in the hat for the semi-final so hopefully we get a good draw and can get through.

“I’ve got a good group here and for the injured players this gives them a carrot to try and get back – not just for Saturday but for a Scottish Cup semi-final.

“We’ve given the fans a chance to go to Hampden so hopefully we can take a massive crowd there and get through in the cup.”