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2013-14

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2013-14



With memories of the previous season still fresh in mind, the League Cup sitting proudly in the boardroom, Saints had to rebuild for season 2013-14 with several top players leaving.

Loan stars Dummett, Newton and Goncalves returned to their parent clubs and Samson, Chris Smith, Parkin, Carey and Puri left when their contracts ended. Along with these departures, Adam and Imrie had their contracts ended by mutual consent.

So ten players out, including all of the clubs senior keepers meant a long close season was in order.

First new signing was Gary Harkins who arrived from Dundee. Paul McGowan gave the club a boost when he rejected the possibility of a lucrative move south and signed a new deal at Greenhill Road.

At the beginning of July goalkeepers David Cornell and Christopher Dilo arrived from Swansea (loan) and Blackburn respectively, along with young midfielder Kealan Dillon from Hull City to bolster the squad.

As the season got underway cup hero Conor Newton returned for a further season long loan along with Jake Caprice(Blackpool) and Stephane Bahoken(Nice) who signed loan deals and Danny Grainger who arrived from Hearts.

The fans first glimpse of the new players was not a happy one as Morton took the Renfrewshire back to Greenock for the first time in eight seasons with a 4-2 win in Paisley.

The doom descended further when the defence of the League Cup ended at the first hurdle with a 2-1 defeat at Queen of the South.

Early into the season it was clear that having two inexperienced keepers was going to be a potential problem for Saints and this was compounded when first Cornell then Dilo picked up injuries, leading to a move for ex Slovakian international Marian Kello who quickly settled in and made the number one shirt his own.

However, the season continued poorly with few highlights and a continuous position around the play off spot.

By the end of January no fewer than five of the new signings had departed Paisley after failing to impress. Bahoken would have made it six, however a technicality with the French FA meant he had to return to play out his loan deal despite being told he could leave. He never played for the club after the New Year!

Adam Campbell arrived from Newcastle in another loan deal and former Cameron international Eric Djemba-Djemba came on board to try to rescue the season.

As it turned out, none of the new signings made much impact and it was down to the old guard to up their game to secure an eighth place finish.


Competitive Results
Premier League

                  

03-08- 13

Inverness CT

Caledonian Stadium

0-3

-

17-08- 13

Kilmarnock

Greenhill Road

1-1

Harkins

24-08-13

Ross County

Victoria Park

0-3

-

31-08-13

Partick Thistle

Greenhill Road

1-2

McLean

14-09-13

Motherwell

Greenhill Road

0-1

-

21-09-13

Hibernian

Easter Road

0-2

-

30-09-13

Aberdeen

Greenhill Road

1-1

Thompson

05-10-13

Hearts

Tynecastle

2-0

McGinn McGowan

19-10-13

St Johnstone

Greenhill Road

4-3

Mclean2 McGowan Thompson

26-10-13

Dundee United

Tannadice

0-4

-

09-11-13

Partick Thistle

Firhill

3-0

Thompson2 Newton

17-11-13

Ross County

Greenhill Road

2-1

Thompson Newton

23-11-13

Hibernian

Greenhill Road

0-0

-

07-12-13

Inverness CT

Greenhill Road

0-0

-

14-12-13

Aberdeen

Pittodrie

0-2

-

21-12-13

Motherwell

Fir Park

0-3

-

26-12-13

Dundee United

Greenhill Road

4-1

Thompson2 McGinn Naismith

29-12-13

Hearts

Greenhill Road

1-1

Thompson

02-01-14

Kilmarnock

Rugby Park

1-2

Campbell

05-01-14

Celtic

Greenhill Road

0-4

-

11-01-14

St Johnstone

McDiarmid Park

0-2

-

18-01-14

Hibernian

Easter Road

3-2

Campbell Thompson OG

25-01-14

Partick Thistle

Greenhill Road

0-0

-

29-01-14

Hearts

Tynecastle

1-2

Thompson

02-02-14

Celtic

Parkhead

0-1

-

15-02-14

Aberdeen

Greenhill Road

0-1

-

22-02-14

Ross County

Victoria Park

1-2

McGinn

01-03-14

Kilmarnock

Greenhill Road

2-0

Newton Wylde

15-03-14

Dundee United

Tannadice

2-3

McGowan Thomson

22-03-14

Celtic

Parkhead

0-3

-

25-03-14

St Johnstone

Greenhill Road

0-1

-

29-03-14

Inverness CT

Caledonian Stadium

2-2

Naismith Kelly

05-04-14

Motherwell

Greenhill Road

3-2

Thompson2 McLean

19-04-14

Hibernian

Greenhill Road

2-0

McLean McGowan

25-04-14

Partick Thistle

Firhill

1-1

McLean

03-05-14

Ross County

Greenhill Road

1-0

Wylde

07-05-14

Kilmarnock

Rugby Park

0-1

-

10-05-14

Hearts

Greenhill Road

1-1

Newton

Scottish Cup

30/11/134th rndQueen of the SouthPalmerston Park2-2Newton Thompson
10/12/13ReplayQueen of the SouthGreenhill Road3-0Harkins Thompson Kelly
09/02/145th RndDundee UnitedTannadice1-2Mclean

League Cup

27-08-13

2nd Rnd

Queen of the South

Palmerston Park

1-2

Thompson

Top scorers

League

Scottish
Cup

League
Cup

Total

Thompson

13

2

1

16

McLean

6

1

0

7

Newton

4

1

0

5

McGowan

4

0

0

4

McGinn

3

0

0

3

Naismith

2

0

0

2

Wylde

2

0

0

2

Campbell

2

0

0

2

Kelly

1

1

0

2

Harkins

1

1

0

2