Lomas relief after Cup tie thaw

St Johnstone v Cowdenbeath

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas was relieved to finally play his side's fourth-round Scottish Cup tie at Cowdenbeath after four postponements.

And Lomas was delighted to have played the match, with fears of a festive fixture pile-up in his mind.

"The tie was becoming a pain and the main thing was to get it out of the way," he said.

"We didn't want a replay and then to have to play again in two days.

"That would mean our fixtures would be Saturday-Monday-Wednesday-Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday-Wednesday if that was the case so we're delighted to get through and just put it to bed."

The Northern Irishman admitted that the First Division side had proved to be stubborn opposition.

"All credit to Cowdenbeath," he said. "We had a few hairy moments there on the counter-attack.

"It wasn't easy on the eye, but the most important thing is to be in the hat for the next round. The job was done."

Saints now face St Mirren in the fifth round.

Cowdenbeath boss Colin Cameron felt the scoreline was harsh on his side.

"It was the same story for us," he said. "The last six games we've only scored one goal.

"We've created five or six good chances, their keeper has made some fine saves and we've had a couple just go past the post.

"For it to finish 3-0 is harsh on us. I'll take more positives than negatives out of tonight. Hopefully we can take something from this game and use it to our advantage on Saturday."