Teale hopes to prove his worth
Gary Teale admits to feeling frustrated by his lack of first team action with St Mirren recently, but has vowed to fight for his place.
The winger has not started since last month's defeat to Kilmarnock and did not feature at all in the last two outings - defeats to St Johnstone and Celtic.
The 34-year-old says his omission is even harder to take when the side are not producing the results and he has not been given an opportunity to have an impact on those matches.
Teale said: "I thought at the start of the season, when I was in the side, that we were doing well enough.
"When you're sitting on the sidelines and the performances haven't been what they had been before, and you're not being utilised and you feel like you can make an impact, it is disappointing.
"But there's nothing you can do, you just have to get on with it and hope the manager changes it around again and you're back in.
"I've never been one to bang on the door and say 'why am I not playing?' I'm the type of character who just gets on with things.
"It is frustrating. You work all week and all you want to do is play football on a Saturday.
"I'll just get on with it and, when things turn around, I'll take my chance."
Teale is confident he can force his way back into manager Danny Lennon's plans.
And he insists he has not even considered the prospect of a January loan move in search of regular action elsewhere.
He added: "I think I'll get back in sooner or later anyway.
"If I was younger and feeling like I had to prove something, I'd maybe be thinking along those lines but it's not even entered my head.
"I enjoy it here, I enjoy training here, so it's not something I've really thought about."
Next up for Saints is the visit of Dundee United in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League as they seek to make amends for last week's 5-0 thrashing against Celtic.
Teale said: "When you look at Celtic and the performance they put in against Barcelona, you see how good a side they are.
"It's certainly no disgrace to get beat by them but the way we lost, and to lose 5-0, was certainly not acceptable.
"Before the game, we felt confident enough, the belief was there, and we thought we might even get a result.
"The way the game transpired was very disappointing and something we hope we can rectify this week.
"We've had time to dissect and analyse what went wrong last week and we've worked on it this week in training.
"Come Saturday, hopefully we'll be able to put things right.
"Dundee United didn't have the start they wanted last season and then kicked on and it might be the same situation this year.
"They will believe in themselves and will be thinking they can turn the corner at any given time.
"They will be looking at us and thinking we are a bit short of confidence after last week and that they can come here and kick their season on.
"Both teams will have their own agendas - but hopefully we can come out on top."
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