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Guy Melamed had no worries over being benched in the Betfred Cup final

Fri 05 March 2021 | 11:00

St. Johnstone forward Guy Melamed was resolved to show he had "no hard feelings" after his Betfred Cup final setback.

The Israeli spent Sunday's 1-0 victory over Livingston at Hampden on the seat in spite of scoring a brace against Motherwell the earlier end of the week, including a splendid 25-yard strike. 

He was back in the team on Wednesday and made a troublesome day for the Hamilton goalkeeper

Ryan Fulton

with many shots prior to scoring a late leveler in some style. 

Melamed brought down a long ball over the top and, in a flash, guided it past Fulton to acquire a 1-1 draw, a move which his club Twitter account appropriately compared to a well-known

Dennis Bergkamp

strike for the Netherlands national team. 

The 28-year-old said:

"Obviously I had mixed emotions because every player wants to play, especially in the final. But I respect the coach. If he decides I need to be on the bench, then I respect that.

"I came into Wednesday with no hard feelings and gave everything. The main thing was we won the cup. Yes, of course, I didn't feel so good but this is football and I need to accept that."

Melamed's strike was a potential lift for St. Johnstone's slim

Premiership

top-six expectations. They are five points behind 6th set St. Mirren, who face Rangers on Saturday, and Callum Davidson's side should beat Hibernian to keep their points alive.

"I'm happy to score. I can score all kinds of goals: outside the box, inside, with the head, with the left, with the right," he said.

"But we are really disappointed we didn't win, we wanted a bigger chance to get to the top six.

"But we will fight until the last minute. We have Hibs on Saturday and it will be all in for us."

 

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