PREVIEW | Saints v Hamilton

Saints welcome Hamilton Accies to McDiarmid Park tomorrow in the first of four home matches on the spin for Tommy Wright's men.

Last weekend the Club's winless run continued with defeat in Paisley and the Manager will be looking for a response from his players in front of the home support this weekend.

Accies come into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw with Hibernian last Saturday and currently sit 8th place in the table, 4 points ahead of Saints in 12th.


TEAM NEWS

The only player ruled out of action tomorrow for Tommy Wright is central defender Liam Gordon who continues his rehabilitation following a knee injury.

Liam Craig played 90 minutes for the Reserves on Monday and is back in contention following his spell on the sidelines, while Stevie May and Jason Holt are nursing niggles but both are expected to be fit for tomorrow's match.


PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE

The Manager: "We're still searching for that first win and we have a chance to do that tomorrow against Hamilton here at McDiarmid Park.

"We have a run of home games coming up and the simple fact is that we need to start winning games and halt this run we're on.

"We've put ourselves in this situation and we only have ourselves to blame. The players have not done their jobs in both boxes and that was proven last weekend against St Mirren where we dominated for the first 30 minutes, missed chances, and then were punished for defensive errors.

"When you haven't had that first win it adds pressure because it's the first thing that's asked before every match you go into. The only positive is we're not detached and if we can put some results together then we can start to move in the right direction up the table.

"I feel frustrated for the players because they haven't performed to the level that I know they are capable of. As a Manager you know that there will be times that you come under a bit of pressure but I believe that we can turn this around.

"We've got a good chance to get that first win against Brian Rice's Hamilton side this weekend. It'll be a tough game and they'll be coming here thinking they have a chance of getting three points on the road so it's up to us to make sure that doesn't happen."

Wallace Duffy: "On the back of last week's defeat to St Mirren the boys are itching to get out there and get the first victory of the season.

"The morale in the squad is really good despite our current league position and we're all trying to encourage each other and give the place a lift.

"Overall we are feeling confident about tomorrow and we know we're more than capable of getting the three points.

"We're at home tomorrow and we'll have the fans behind us. It's a great chance to get points back on the teams above us and we're all desperate to get three points on the board and to kickstart our season."


SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Kick-off tomorrow is at 3PM and you can beat the queues by purchasing your tickets online right up until kick-off.

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Season Ticket holders can also get a 50% discount on Stagecoach Match Dayriders for every home weekend match at McDiarmid Park!

Supporters simply need to show their Season Ticket to the driver of the first Stagecoach bus they board on match day to receive 50% off dayrider tickets.

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Matchday Programmes and 50/50 draw tickets are available from our sellers inside the stands tomorrow. Tomorrow's matchday programme features an interview with Saints midfielder Murray Davidson and the 50/50 draw will be conducted on the pitch at half-time.

The Saints Shop will be open from 1:45PM tomorrow with a range of official club souvenirs and clothing on-sale.

The Muirton Suite will open from 12PM tomorrow for home and away supporters to enjoy pre-match and post-match refreshments.

Our Junior Saints Pre-Match Club also takes place tomorrow pre-match from 1PM in the Muirton Gym for members only.

As always there will be the pportunity to take part in fun games including mini football, tabletop games, arts & crafts, play Xbox/PlayStation and have a penalty competition against Brogan the Beagle!

We'll also have player visits from members of the first-team-squad pre-match.

If you'd like to join the Junior Saints supporters club, click here for full details and to download an application form.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Tomorrow is the 154th meeting between the two clubs in all competitions and it's Saints who come out on top in the head-to-head record with 66 wins to Hamilton's 52. The fixture has ended all square on 35 occasions.

There were five meetings between the sides last season with Saints winning 3 and Hamilton coming out on top twice.

Both sides had two wins each in the Ladbrokes Premiership last season, the pick of the matches a 4-0 victory for Saints at home back in November 2018.

Tommy Wright's men also won the Scottish Cup 4th Round clash between the clubs back in January 2-0 at McDiarmid Park with Jason Kerr and Tony Watt on target.

Since the Manager took over in the summer of 2013, the clubs have played each other 19 times with Saints coming out on top on 11 occasions to Hamilton's 5. The other three matches ended in a stalemate.

The last two matches have ended up in victory's for tomorrow's visitors though with wins in February and May for Brian Rice's men.

There will also be two familiar faces returning to McDiarmid Park on Saturday as Blair Alston and Scottish Cup-winning defender Brian Easton line-up for Accies against Saints for the first time since they departed Perth in the summer.


SAINTS TV

Tomorrow's match will be shown LIVE on Saints TV for overseas subscribers, with live audio commentary for those in the UK/IRE.

Co-commentating with Gary Henderson tomorrow is Saints defender Liam Gordon!

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Also on Saints TV tomorrow, we'll be catching up with former Saints manager Paul Sturrock and ex-Saints and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Philip Scott!