It was another game without a goal for St Mirren against Motherwell, but at the back, Hull City loanee Sean McLoughlin is certainly pulling his weight.
The Buddies went down 2-0 to the Steelmen as their struggles in front of goal continue. They’ve netted just three times in the league this season.
At the back though they’ve been solid and it’s partly down to McLoughlin’s solid work in front of Vaclav Hladký.
McLoughlin has adjusted to the Scottish game brilliantly
The Irishman has only just transferred from Derry City to Hull City. The Tigers opted to send him straight out on loan for the first half of this season though and Paisley was chosen as his destination.
He’s adjusted in terrific fashion and against Motherwell he was unlucky to be on the losing side. Both the Irishman and Hladký prevented the Well attacks admirably.
Devante Cole didn’t get a sniff all day. Anytime he turned McLoughlin was there and in the air he was no match for the Buddies defender.
His passing from the back was good too. A real highlight was his curved pass upfield to Danny Mullen, reaching his teammate’s boot from all of 80 yards.
McLoughlin couldn’t have prevented James Scott’s first sailing past Hladký and was left exposed for the second after a poor backwards pass from Oan Djorkaeff.
Overall though he had a pretty decent game. St Mirren’s attack looked pretty blunt at Fir Park, but defensively they were very good.
McLoughlin is playing a big role in the centre of the Buddies defence as he continues to improve in black and white.