St Mirren defender Richard Tait fronts up to costly Motherwell mistake and targets Hibs comeback

Saints defender Richard Tait revealed he was “raging” at himself for the costly mistake that led to Motherwell’s late equalizer on Tuesday night.

But the CrossFit-fanatic is confident he can bounce back from it and prove his worth to the Buddies once he’s fully fit and match sharp again.

The St Mirren full-back went into the clash with the Steelmen on a high having just signed a new deal with the club ahead of the visit of his former club to Paisley.

His night ended in agony though as his failure to clear the ball at the death allowed Ross Tierney to record a dramatic extra-time leveler.

Ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Easter Road to take on Hibs, Tait insists he will not make the same mistake twice and is targeting being more involved as the Saints enter the business end of the season.

Tait told Renfrewshire Live Sport: “During the Motherwell game I felt OK but towards the end of the game fatigue was kicking in.

“Maybe that’s why I didn’t kick the ball out of play when I should have.

“There wasn’t much that needed to be said after the game. I knew myself what I should have done.

“I was raging at myself, to be honest with you. Obviously I’ve not played for a long time, maybe fatigue set in towards the end of the game and I definitely made the wrong decision.

“But these things happen and you’ve got to get over it quickly. I know what I should have done and next time in that situation I’ll definitely do that.

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“It’s always nice to get your future sorted. I know where I’m going to be next year and I’m excited to be here.

“Obviously I’ve not played as much football as I would have liked this season, but that’s part and parcel of football.

“I’m excited for the back end of this season and I’m sure next season will be just as exciting too.”

Tait revealed it’s been tough to sit on the sidelines so much this season, with his appearance against Motherwell his first start for the Buddies since December.

But the 32-year-old insists he’s ready to take his chance now, with Scott Tanser’s injury opening the door for his return to the side.

Tait explained: “It’s been tough. No-one wants to be sitting watching football, they want to be playing it and I’m no different.

“I’d spoken to the gaffer at the start of the season and he told me I’d be an important player in terms of being a squad player and supporting the boys.

“I know my role in the squad and I know I’m going to have to bid my time to get in the team. When I do get it in it’s all about taking that chance.

“Hopefully I’ll get a run in the team now and see where it takes me.”

Tait is almost certain to start tomorrow afternoon’s clash with Hibs at Easter Road, with the Buddies knowing a win will bring them just two points behind their opponents.

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The defender believes St Mirren’s positive start to 2022 can help them add their Premiership points tally in the capital.

Tait added: “It’s been a great start to the year with three wins and a draw.

“It would have been nice to get the win the other night against Motherwell, but it was probably a fair result in the end.

“There’s disappointment there of course about how late their equalizer came. We should have seen it out.

“Let’s be honest, it wasn’t probably the most exciting game of football to watch. The ball probably had to go to hospital after!

“But it’s a point towards our tally.

“We still go into the weekend in good confidence and looking forward to adding to those tally points.

“The lads are full of confidence and Easter Road is always a good place to play football.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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