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WRIGHT RUES ‘LACK OF QUALITY’ AS SAINTS CRASH OUT

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TOMMY WRIGHT has admitted that his St Johnstone side lacked quality as they were defeated 1-0 by FK Trakai.

 

The Saints, who went out 3-1 on aggregate, went down to an 88th minute goal by Maksim Maksimov meaning that they’d be the second Scottish side, after Rangers, to exit in the first round of the Europa League qualifying round.

 

Speaking to BBC Sportsound, Wright made it clear that despite being proud of his side, he thought that they lacked the quality to progress.

 

“Our approach play was good, but we lacked quality in the final third and that’s killed us.

 
“We need to get more quality in to take us to the next level. If we don’t then we’ll end up with more frustrating performances like that. You can’t say we played badly.”

 

“We made opportunities. I’m extremely disappointed for the players because they put a lot into the game.

 

“We put two good crosses into the box all night and the keeper has had to make two saves.

 

“The final ball let us down. Crosses just weren’t good enough. We have given away three poor goals and that’s been the difference. They have defended better than us.”

Wright was confident in his side for the upcoming season, however, if they were able to secure some signings to take them up to another level.

 

“We’re a good side. We’re hard to beat. But, when it comes to games like this and we need to break teams down we don’t have that quality.

 

“We’re a small club with the ninth or 10th (smallest) budget in the league. When it comes to Europe and we don’t have that quality, that’s when it’s highlighted most.”

 

Meanwhile, prime transfer target Michael O’Halloran, who has been told he can leave Rangers, is being considered by Alan Archibald’s Patrick Thistle. Wright now faces a race against time to get the deal over the line.

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