Danny Lennon has challenged his St Mirren players to secure their Clydesdale Bank Premier League status as soon as possible to banish any lingering disappointment over their Scottish Cup exit.

The Paisley side were seconds away from knocking out Aberdeen last weekend but they were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal when Rory McArdle equalised deep in injury-time. Further punishment was in store when Chris Maguire's early goal set Aberdeen on their way to the semi-finals and a 2-1 replay win on Wednesday.

The Saints boss laid down his demands for the remainder of the season as soon as possible after the quarter-final loss, saying: "We were very disappointed with the outcome and more importantly, the way we started the game, it was as if we still felt sorry for ourselves, and that's not acceptable."

He added: "We had a great opportunity and we've blown it. I really felt for the supporters but we have got to dust ourselves down very quickly and that was part of the reason for staying over on Wednesday after the game.

"We had a meeting immediately after breakfast on Thursday morning and spoke about the aims and challenges of the 10 games ahead and what we have to focus on to make sure we are an SPL team by the end of the season.

"We spoke about having 10 cup finals coming up. The biggest thing is having strong mentalities and making sure you are focused.

"Another part of staying over was that they couldn't wake up and feel sorry for themselves. We won't allow that at this club. They have a job to do and a responsibility.

"We have asked them to have more belief in themselves in the final third and also gave them a motivational tool.

"Danny Lennon doesn't want to be sitting until the last day of the season to see which players he wants to keep.

"Let's get the business sorted out and if that's the thing that's going to get you motivated, financial security and knowing where we are going to be, and let's get it done as soon as we possibly can."

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