PREVIEW | Montrose v Saints

The competitive season makes a welcome return tomorrow night as Saints head to Links Park to face Montrose in the Betfred Cup.

It's the first match for Saints in Group B with matchday one having been a free week for Tommy Wright's men.

Both sides are familiar with each other having faced off in last season's competition at the same stage with Saints coming away from Angus with a 2-1 victory.

Speaking to the club's official website ahead of tomorrow's match, Saints boss Tommy Wright says he's looking forward to getting the 2019/20 season underway at Links Park.

"From the moment the players return to pre-season everyone looks forward to the competitive action starting," the Manager said.

"We're all really looking forward to it and we've worked hard throughout pre-season to be ready for the first match.

"I think we've played well at times during the friendlies although on reflection we've conceded too many soft goals. That can happen during the pre-season matches but I'm looking for the players to make sure those mistakes don't happen in the competitive games.

"I watched Montrose on Saturday against Ross County and I think they'll be slightly disappointed with how it went particularly in the first half.

"They came into the game as it went on and they caused County a few problems in the match which we'll need to be wary of.

"It's a home game for them so they'll look to improve upon their performance on Saturday but we'll be prepared for that. I want the players to pass and play just as we have done throughout pre-season.

"We've scored in every game and if you look at the Morton and Linfield games in particular we could have had even more goals. Going forward it's been good but we just have to make sure we cut out the defensive errors.

"Hopefully we can get our Betfred Cup campaign off to a positive start and progress through the groups and as far in the competition as possible."

One thing that has been concerning for the Manager is the number of injuries picked up during the pre-season matches and he has a number of fitness concerns ahead of the trip to Angus tomorrow night.

He is hopeful though that most of the players with knocks will return in time for Sunday's home clash against fellow Ladbrokes Premiership outfit Ross County.

"Zander has been doing some training today but I think the game tomorrow is just a little too soon for him," Tommy said.

"I'd expect him to be available again in time for Sunday and we've also had Liam Craig and Steven Anderson sit out training today. We'll assess them both tomorrow and I'm hoping they may be able to be named on the bench.

"Chris Kane is making good progress with his calf injury and I expect to have him back in contention for Sunday and Matty Kennedy will probably be looking at the Brechin or Forfar matches to make a return to the squad.

"Liam Gordon and Drey Wright are really the only longer term injuries. Drey is continuing to work hard to get back to fitness as soon as possible and in Liam's case we're looking at about four weeks before he's back in action."


We'll have live audio commentary of tomorrow night's match against Montrose on Saints TV with the full match replay and highlights available shortly after the full-time whistle.

Subscribers can watch the full pre-match interviews with the Manager and Richard Foster on Saints TV now.