Young St Mirren talent Kyle Magennis admits his 100th appearance for the club was “bittersweet” after his beloved Buddies suffered a home hammering against Motherwell .
The 21-year-old former Paisley Grammar School kid was powerless to stop the Steelmen overruning the Saints on Wednesday night as they cruised to a dominant 3-0 win.
And the Scotland under-21 regular, who has been with the club since he was just five, is hoping his 101st appearance for Jim Goodwin’s side is better on the pitch than his landmark 100th.
He told Express Sport: “Obviously it’s brilliant to get 100 appearances but it’s not the result or the performance that we were looking for.
“It’s bittersweet. I thought the first 15, 20 minutes, we were in the game. There wasn’t much in it.
“As soon as they scored, I just don’t know what happened. We’ll need to look at it back on the video but it wasn’t good enough.
“I think that’s probably one of our worst performances of the season. So, we need to make sure that we rectify that on Saturday.”
The loss on Wednesday night condemned St Mirren to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership, with tomorrow’s opponents Hamilton almost taking a point at Celtic Park.
And Magennis knows that the next three games, starting with the trip to face the Accies tomorrow, are crucial for his hometown team.
The mainstay of the side is targeting a much better start as he believes the opening goal will be crucial at the Fountain of Youth Stadium.
He said: “I think the first goal is going to be massive.
“Hopefully it’s us that get it and we can go and add some more goals to that. But we’ll just need to wait and see.
“I think the past few games we have actually played well and that’s been our downfall. We’ve just not taken our chances.
“Against Motherwell I think we were miles off it. We just need to try and change that on Saturday.
“Hopefully if we get an early goal we can go and take the game to them.”
Of all his 100 appearances so far in the stripes, Magennis revealed it was his goal against Brechin that he believed had won the Saints the league ahead of Livingston in 2018 was his favourite memory so far.
He added: “There’s been a few great moments. Breaking away when I thought we were going to win the league when I scored against Brechin was amazing.
“Obviously it never happened that we won the league, but it was a good feeling to score that game.”