St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has dismissed Hibs boss Shaun Maloney’s comments after the Buddies picked up a win at Easter Road.

Maloney had claimed his side would have been comfortable winners had they not wasted so many chances in front of goal but Goodwin insists his players “thoroughly deserved” the win.

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The Buddies boss also took aim at BBC’s Sportscene show, saying they did St Mirren a “complete disservice” with their highlights package.

“Clean sheets are important and, thankfully, Hibs didn’t score the five goals that their manager thought they should have done,” Goodwin said.

“But I have to say, I was slightly disappointed with those comments because I thought my players deserved a bit more respect than that, to be honest with you.

“There was a certain highlights show as well on Saturday night that I thought did us a complete disservice as well.

“You would swear that my boys didn’t kick a ball. Hibs hardly got out of their own half in the first 45 minutes.

“I was very honest afterwards and said Hibs made a good tactical change at half-time and we struggled for the first ten or 15 minutes.

“Jak Alnwick makes a save that he has to make, but I thought, over the piece, that we deserved to win the game. ‘There are many ways to win a game. Sometimes, I think managers try to put a gloss on their own performances.

“My players were outstanding on the day. They never let Hibs get any rhythm in the game and thoroughly deserved the victory.”

St Mirren face St Johnstone tonight and Goodwin will be hoping they can pick up another important win and take a big step towards a top six place.

Goodwin’s side have won four of their last five games and find themselves just four points off Motherwell in fourth place in the Premiership table.

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