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St Mirren v Hamilton Academical: Wylde is fast finding his feet under Craig

LIFE in the fast lane seems to suit Gregg Wylde following a slow start to his time in Paisley.

The St Mirren winger was part of a team who seemed to struggle to find their groove last season under Danny Lennon. Brought to the club in January, the pacy former Rangers midfielder hoped to finally be on the right path after disappointing spells at Bolton Wanderers and Aberdeen.

The 23-year-old was a potent threat down the flank at Fir Park last weekend, despite the 1-0 defeat, and attributes his new lease of life to the fast-paced training new manager Tommy Craig has brought to his squad.

"Danny Lennon brought me here in January and showed a lot of faith in me because I'd had a hard few years before that. But Tommy, Jim Goodwin and Garry Teale have also been really good for me. Everyone is loving training and the boys are buzzing all over the place. Morale is really good. Training is all high-tempo stuff. There's a lot of crossing and shooting and possession games, two v one and two v two. We have longer sessions, too - the other day we didn't finish until one o'clock. The manager wants us to work hard. It also makes a difference having guys who are still playing involved on the coaching side because we have a young squad."

St Mirren suffered a slow start to their campaign last term, a run which they struggled to recover from.

So it's understandable Wylde is keen to get their season up and running tonight and set the right tone from the off.

"We were disappointed with the result on Saturday because we played well but goals change games and we need to get that out of our system now. The manager has a philosophy of playing football so we'll continue to attack teams."

Hamilton were also disappointed after their opening-day defeat by Inverness but Jason Scotland, the experienced forward, has told his team-mates to put the mistakes of that 2-0 setback behind them. "We have a lot of young players so we can't dwell on mistakes and past performances because their heads could easily go down. So we need to guide them as much as possible and always concentrate on the next game."

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