St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin was again left frustrated by his side’s performance as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Tynecastle yesterday against Hearts as he praised veteran Jambos keeper Craig Gordon after a string of impressive saves.
The meeting between the two sides served up an entertaining 90 minutes of football and Goodwin thinks that had his side taken their chances in the opening 45 then they could have taken something from the game.
However, the Buddies headed back to Paisley empty-handed and Goodwin was again left frustrated as his St Mirren let their opportunities pass them by before being hit by a sucker punch.
“The big frustration for me today is that at 0-0 we’re the better team,” Goodwin said. “I’m not saying we were miles better but I thought we were on top for the first 45 minutes, we pressed Hearts aggressively up the pitch, we played some good football and probably had the better opportunities.
“Those key moments in the games are really coming back to bite us. Same last week against Livingston, we should have been two or three up and get done with a sucker punch in the last minute.
“Craig Gordon has to get credit, he’s a top, top keeper. He has made two or three saves that has kept Hearts in the game.
“Jak Alnwick has also made some really good saves. I don’t need to see the stats from the analyst.
“I thought it was a very even game at 0-0 and the first goal was always going to be huge. It was the manner of the way we conceded that first goal that hurts me.
“It’s a stupid, slow pass across the pitch that gets cut out. We didn’t get enough bodies behind the ball and the deflected cross just falls kindly for Mackay-Steven.
“It’s a decent finish but, unfortunately, we don’t seem to get these gifts at the moment and that’s the bit that’s hurting us.”
The St Mirren boss had little complaint when Joe Shaughnessy was shown a late red card for a second booking but confessed that he thinks referee Alan Muir could have let it go with the game already over and into the fifth minute of injury time, adding: “I was disappointed. I can see why Alan Muir’s come to that decision.
“Joe was last man and there is a bit of grappling on the edge of the box and you could argue if the Hearts player gets away then he has a free hit at goal but in the 95th minute when Hearts are 2-0 up and the game is done I don’t think anybody would have minded if the referee had turned a blind eye to that one.”
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