Jim Goodwin says St Mirren have every reason to be positive during Sunday’s encounter with Aberdeen.
The Buddies are currently sitting tenth in the Premiership as they look to secure top flight safety for another year. They come into the Aberdeen game off the back of a spirited 1-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox.
Earlier in the season Goodwin’s men prevailed over Derek McInnes’ side in Paisley, beating them 1-0. The return fixture was less kind, losing out 2-1 despite doing enough to perhaps merit a point.
It’s the positives from previous Aberdeen clashes that Goodwin is looking to build on as he prepares to welcome the Red Army back to Paisley.
“We beat them in the first game but I take a lot from the second up at Pittodrie as well,” said Goodwin. “The first one we were organised and defensive-minded in that game.
“We allowed Aberdeen to have possession and denied them a lot of space. We defended really well and took that one opportunity when it came along. The second game more recently we kind of took the game to Aberdeen.
“We should have got ourselves in front in the first five minutes but Joe Lewis pulled off a great save. It was an entertaining game, it was end-to-end. Aberdeen ran out 2-1 winners but we had a great opportunity from the penalty spot to level it up and take a point.
“We’re going to have to be strong defensively because they are quite direct Aberdeen. They get balls up to Sam Cosgrove so you’ve got to defend your box properly.
“But I still believe if we impose our own game on them we can cause problems.”