He’s one of the most ‘prolific’ strikers in the UK according to Conor McCarthy- but the St Mirren defender was pleased with how he and new pal Akin Famewo dealt with Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove.

The Buddies and the Dons contested a 0-0 draw at the weekend. McCarthy was making his home league debut in Paisley and had quite the baptism of fire up against Cosgrove.

An arrival from Ireland. (Photo By Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Aberdeen’s hitman has scored 21 goals in 29 matches this term. It’s top form and it has earned the Dons striker praise and reported interest along the way.

Up against McCarthy and Famewo though, there was no way through. McCarthy says he was pleased with how he and the Norwich City loanee he’s bonded with did during the weekend tussle.

“It was a tough day at the office, he’s a very physical striker,” said McCarthy after dealing with Cosgrove. “I suppose he’s probably the most prolific in Britain at the moment with his goals record.

Shut him out. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“I knew it was going to be a tough day. But I thought I dealt with him ok, I was just doing my job. I’ve only been in the country two weeks so it’s all about getting my sharpness back.

“I didn’t know about Cosgrove previously but hopefully we can continue to keep strikers like him out. Me and Akin are both 21 and he was staying in the hotel as me.

“Obviously we spent a bit of time together in the hotel. It gave me a chance to get to know him a bit more. The manager has been working hard with us on the training pitch so it’s up to us to repay him now.

Bonding with the Norwich man. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

“I think me and Akin are both in the same boat. We are both eager to impress. Not many managers would throw a young centre-half in, they look for experience in that position. It’s credit to the manager for throwing us in so early.”

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