After an excellent first half, St Mirren fans will wonder how their game against Hibs ended in a 3-1 defeat.
Oran Kearney’s side were really motoring in the first half. Simeon Jackson fired in a poacher’s goal, with the whole team as a unit playing well. The turning point of the match perhaps came from Kyle McAllister’s decision to go on the outside of the Hibs defence, rather than break though for an easy goal.
Hibs came out firing and turned over the Buddies in the second half, sweeping past them with three goals. Kearney couldn’t react to the formation change Hibs implemented and it cost them, with St Mirren’s first half performance rendered irrelevant to the final score.
Despite the scoreline, Buddies fans should take some solace from what they saw in the opening 45 minutes.
Saints aren’t down and out
A big positive from the Hibs game is the Buddies actually looked like scoring for a change. Jackson was on good form, proven by his calm finish in the first half.
When Adam Hamill departed for Scunthorpe, there were serious questions who could create opportunities for Jackson. With new boys McAllister and Brad Lyons, Kearney now has two men in midfield who can feed the Buddies talisman.
Another new signing who impressed was Anders Dreyer. Hibs full-back Steven Whittaker couldn’t handle the Danish winger, with his bursts of pace and movement proving too much to handle for the veteran full-back. If Dreyer can utilise this in upcoming matches, he will be a key asset for Kearney.
Perhaps the biggest thing about yesterday was the team look bothered. They wanted to play for the badge and there was a real desire to win the game.
Kearney has to work out how to get this type of performance for a full 90 minutes, as yesterday’s first half was arguably the best passage of play St Mirren have had all season.
The Buddies can’t afford slip-ups like the one against Hibs. They are rooted to the bottom in a three team dogfight to survive, but if the first half is anything to go by, the Buddies have every chance.