Football - Teal reveals basic approach

St Mirren winger Gary Teale claims going back to basics has been the secret behind his rediscovered form.

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The 34-year-old former Scotland international's displays this term have been reminiscent of the those that earned him 13 caps for his country.

The former Wigan and Derby midfielder played a crucial role in the Buddies' Scottish Communities League Cup win over Hearts last month and has now won himself a one-year extension to his contract, with the opportunity to add an extra 12 months after that should he play a set number of games next year.

But Teale admits his performances last season were not up to scratch as he struggled to adapt to boss Danny Lennon's passing philosophy. This term, however, he's reaped the benefits of getting back to what he does best.

Ahead of Saturday's clash with Dundee, he said: "Last year, I thought I would maybe have to try to change my game as the gaffer was trying to bring in more of a passing game. Don't get me wrong, we still do that, but I've tried to get back to being more direct, the type of style I've played my whole career.

"My game was always about getting at defenders and getting crosses into the box. I probably changed my game too much last season when I thought I had to sit in a bit more and keep it simple, keep it moving. But I've went back to doing what I've done for the majority of my career, being direct, and thankfully it's worked this year."

Meanwhile, Dundee manager John Brown has challenged his side to repeat their Kilmarnock heroics as they continue their bid to stay in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

They head for to St Mirren knowing anything less than a victory will see them relegated back to the First Division but can go there buoyed by their recent 2-1 win away to Killie which prolonged their stay in the top flight.

Interim boss Brown said: "We can go there with every confidence. We played really well away to Kilmarnock so we're looking for a similar type of display and result. We know what is at stake so it's up to us to go there and give everything.

"We're only thinking positively in our present situation. There's no point thinking otherwise as we have to stay upbeat and the players are certainly that. We're looking forward to the match and will try to get the three points as we do in every game."

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