St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin won’t put ‘extra pressure’ on Eamonn Brophy after the striker scored his first goal since November 2020.

The 25-year-old netted for the first time in St Mirren colours on Saturday during a 2-2 draw with Dundee on the opening day of the Scottish Premiership season. He worked well with strike partner Curtis Main according to Goodwin, who believes the Scotland striker will have a ‘very good season.’ Brophy joined Saints from Kilmarnock in January.

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Hit the net for Saints. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Goodwin said: “Main and Brophy complement each other really well. You saw that from the first goal. Eamonn knows why he is here and what he’s paid to do. I won’t be putting him under any extra pressure. He’s a natural goalscorer and you don’t need to tell him to take a shot, which I like.

“That finish wasn’t an easy one – it’s a difficult chance and he’s produced a great strike on his weaker left foot. It was an unstoppable strike and he will have a very good season. I have no doubt about that.”

Goodwin’s team were twice ahead against a Dundee team reduced to 10 men after a Max Anderson foul on Brophy. The St Mirren manager added: “From a neutral perspective I think it would have been a half-decent game to watch.

“The only frustrating thing is that we didn’t capitalise with the extra man but you have to give Dundee credit for that. Neither set of players have got the required match sharpness yet.”

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