Jim Goodwin reckons three points earned on their travels could be huge for St Mirren after beating Motherwell 2-1 at Fir Park.
The first half was dominated by their hosts but the Well headed into half time with just a 1-0 lead thanks to a Liam Donnelly penalty. St Mirren made them pay for not taking advantage of their good play.
Jon Obika continued his hot streak of form against Motherwell by netting his third Fir Park goal in a week after 49 minutes. Ilkay Durmus beat Mark Gillespie with a lovely finish three minutes from time to give the Buddies a big boost in the relegation battle.
Goodwin’s side are now six clear of 12th placed Hearts with their game spare to come against the Jambos. St Mirren are also four points clear of Hamilton in the relegation play-off zone.
It was a big night for the Buddies in North Lanarkshire according to Goodwin. He says that it could be a significant result in their quest to survive in the top flight once more.
“The first half we looked a shadow of the team we were in the first 45 minutes last week,” said Goodwin. “Motherwell deservedly went in in front and but for a good save by my goalkeeper it could have been worse.
“We had to have a strong discussion at half-time. I asked for a bit more aggression all over the park, I asked them to play more directly and get the ball forward a little bit earlier, and it worked to our advantage.
“The majority of the game was played in Motherwell’s half in the second half. On a couple of occasions we’ve been well beaten but every other game we have lost it’s either been a 1-0, a 2-1, or even 0-0’s where we should have won it. It is a massive result in the end and those three points could be huge.
“Early on in the season that’s a game we might have been happy to take a point from but we felt Motherwell were there for the taking. I’m delighted for the players and a big shoutout the supporters as well.
“It’s an expensive time of year for those that travel on the road so it’s great that they can go back to Paisley with three points in the bag.”