Steve Lomas believes punters will witness “an old-fashioned cup tie” when his St Johnstone side face St Mirren in their William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round clash in Paisley today.
The Buddies are on a high after last week’s shock 3-2 League Cup semi-final win over Celtic at Hampden, which they followed with a 2-1 SPL win over second-placed Inverness in midweek.
Lomas’ side, for their part were “buoyed” by their 3-1 home win over Aberdeen on Wednesday which leads the Northern Irishman to think the fans could be in for a treat.
The St Johnstone manager said: “St Mirren have done brilliantly and they were doing well before Christmas so I’m sure Danny [Lennon] didn’t want the winter break to come.
“When they have everyone fit, they are a good team. They have good players like Stevie Thompson, Paul McGowan and Gary Teale, who has Premier League experience, and they have good young players like Kenny McLean, so they have a good mix in the team and it is going to be a tough game all right.
“But our performance against Aberdeen was good, although I thought we played well against Motherwell in the previous game to that even though we lost. But we were delighted with the result against Aberdeen and I get the feeling this is going to be an old-fashioned cup tie with two teams who like to attack so there could be plenty of goals.”
Lomas was pleased with the way the Perth club came out of the transfer window after he signed Newcastle’s Mehdi Abeid, 20, and Swansea’s Gwion Edwards, 19, on loan until the end of the season. They join 20-year-old QPR midfielder Michael Doughty, who made his debut against Aberdeen after also joining on a loan deal as midfielder Kevin Moon left the club by mutual consent. Lomas also revealed that 19-year-old Newcastle winger Marcus Maddison will come on trial next week.
Another Newcastle youngster, Paul Dummett, is desperate to get back in the St Mirren team after returning to the club on loan.
Dummett’s hopes of returning to Paisley appeared to have been dashed last week but Newcastle finally allowed the left-back to return on the final day of the transfer window.
However, the 21-year-old knows he cannot expect to walk back into the team for today’s clash at St Mirren Park.
Dummett said: “I’m desperate to get back in but Graham Carey has been playing left-back and I can’t expect to come straight back in the team. He has done a brilliant job.
“But that’s what is good about the team, having players that can play in different positions and there is going to be a fight for places and that can only help St Mirren get better results and climb up the table.”