ST MIRREN manager Jack Ross was full of praise for his Buddies side for sticking to the game plan in the second half, after beating Livingston 3-1 and returning to the top of the table on Tuesday night.

Despite going in a goal down thanks to Dale Carrick’s quick reactions, Ross’ urged his side to keep doing what they were doing.

And it paid off minutes after the break, Morgan firing in four minutes after half-time, and an own goal and Ian McShane’s penalty put the result beyond doubt.

It was another test of his side’s character, and Ross thought his players came through it with flying colours.

He said: “In fairness I thought the whole game we were good, the first half we were good as well.

“I had no complaints about the performance in the first half, it was another test for our players to maintain faith in what they were doing.

“It’s never easy and they did that, and I think scoring early in the second half obviously helps, and we got what we deserved from the game and it was good performance.”

The Buddies boss also admitted he was over zealous in his celebrations when Saints took the lead, saying the moment got the better of him.

He added: “I think my celebrations were a wee bit over the top for the second goal.

“As much as you try and retain your composure in the technical area, it’s difficult to not get caught up in the emotion of it as well.

“I think I’m fairly frank and honest and I’d hold my hands up to that. It’s not just tonight but in every game, one thing I’ve never done is take that beyond the 90 minutes.”