St Mirren's Steven Thompson laughs off John Brown's blows

Steven Thompson insists he has laughed off Dundee boss John Brown's suggestion that he is at the helm of a St Mirren side sinking like the Titanic.

The striker had some unprintable words for the newspaper editor who depicted him in a Leonardo DiCaprio pose.

But, of his relegation rivals' manager, the Buddies captain said: "Knowing Bomber as I do, it is tongue in cheek.

We did not look like ourselves, we were second to most balls and in the first half certainly we were really disappointing

Steven Thompson St Mirren captain

"If you want to take it out of that context, you can, but I'm not. The comments I saw were reasonably funny."

Thompson was speaking after St Mirren lost 3-0 away to Hearts , thus failing to secure the point they need to ensure their own survival in the Scottish Premier League at Dundee's expense.

Brown, with whom Thompson worked while at Rangers, had suggested last week that the Buddies were a "sinking ship" that had "taken their eye off the ball" since winning the Scottish Communities League Cup final and that manager Danny Lennon was under pressure from his own chairman .

Thompson dismissed the comments as just "a bit of banter" rather than mind games and insisted that the Dundee manager's words had not heaped further pressure on the Paisley side.

"It hasn't been nerves," said the St Mirren captain after their run without a victory was extended to six games.

"I think what you saw there was a Hearts team that really came out the traps and caught us flat-footed and we were unable to recover.

Dundee manager John Brown

Dundee have reduced the gap with St Mirren from 15 points to eight under Brown

"We did not look like ourselves, we were second to most balls and in the first half certainly we were really disappointing."

Dundee, who are eight points adrift at the bottom, could be relegated should they fail to defeat Aberdeen at home on Sunday before the Dons visit St Mirren Park next weekend, but Thompson was confident his side would be able to get the result they need, if required.

However, he agreed with his manager that the way they have been starting games is of concern - but that decisions had gone against their side.

"At 1-0, we are still in the game," he said. "The second goal, we felt it wasn't a free-kick. Marc McAusland coming over the top of their player, it was very soft."

Thompson also claimed that he had been fouled by Kevin McHattie in the penalty box soon after.

"Mine was a definite penalty kick, but I think, speaking to the other guys, not an awful people saw it, including the referee - the linesman's in line with it as well," he said.

"But he's 100% pulled me back. I only protest like that if something's happened against me."

Hearts went ahead through goals from 19-year-olds Jamie Walker and McHattie, who then won a penalty following a challenge by Kenny McLean that was converted by Jamie Hamill.

"I am at the other end of the pitch so didn't see it clearly, but Craig Samson and the rest of the defenders said that Kenny wins the ball quite clearly," said Thompson.

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