Even though the run came to an end in the weekend’s semi-final defeat to Livingston, St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin feels that his players should take pride in their Betfred Cup run.

The Saints defeated some of the biggest teams in Scottish football on the way to Hampden Park. The run included memorable wins over Aberdeen and Rangers.

Goodwin does acknowledge that the defeat to Livingston was a missed opportunity. However, he still believes that St Mirren acquitted themselves well in the tournament.

“It was a good achievement”

“It was a good achievement to get to the semi-final. There’s been a lot made of it, in terms of the missed opportunity and all that. It just wasn’t our time” he said.

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St Mirren lost to Livingston in the Betfred Cup semi-final (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“The players can be proud of their efforts and what they done in order to get that far in the competition. Knocked out some big teams along the way. We know on our day we are capable of beating anybody in the league, and we just have to get back to winning ways now” Goodwin concluded.

Confident team will respond to defeat

St Mirren return to action this evening, when they take on Dundee United at Tannadice. Goodwin is confident that his players will be able to shake off the semi-final disappointment.

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St Mirren are back in league action against Dundee United this evening (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“The boys are desperate to make amends from the weekend, and hopefully you’ll see a nice positive reaction” Goodwin stated.

The game against Dundee United is a big one for St Mirren, as they bid to get clear of the relegation zone. At the moment they are four points clear of bottom placed Hamilton. A win over Dundee United might well see them increase that lead, as Hamilton face Celtic tonight.

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