Wind may affect Wednesday’s clash between Livingston and St Mirren– but Buddies boss Jim Goodwin is hoping his team can stand up to the direct nature of Livi’s play.
The Paisley outfit travel to the Lions tomorrow, who are currently on a fantastic run of home form. They’ve won six on the bounce in West Lothian, conceding once.
Their style is hard to cope with and Goodwin knows how direct and big Livi are. They can play the ball on the deck too, which just makes things tougher for the Buddies.
With Storm Ciara still roaming over Scotland, it is likely that adverse weather conditions will play a part in this tussle, just like they did during St Mirren’s recent 1-1 draw with Motherwell. A run of decent form though gives Goodwin hope ahead of the Livi journey and an update on Lee Hodson has been provided too. The right-back was feared to have suffered a bad hamstring injury against Motherwell.
“The game on Saturday wasn’t ideal,” said Goodwin. “But I thought both sets of players made the best of what we could with the conditions. I thought it was a half decent game but hopefully things settle down for midweek.
“Some of the games have been almost farcical. We’ve been playing ok and picking up points along the way. We’re not in a terrible place in terms of how we’re performing but we need to turn the draws into wins, I keep saying it. Hopefully we can do that against Livingston, who are another very difficult team to play against.
“They are coming into the game off the back of a couple defeats so they’ll be looking for a reaction. Lee was in yesterday seeing the physio and we feared the worst initially. We thought it was maybe going to be a torn hamstring. But early signs are positives but whether Wednesday is too soon remains to be seen.
“You know what you’re going to get with Livingston. They are a very direct, balls up to Lyndon Dykes. Anything from 40 yards is coming into your box from a throw-in. It’s land of the giants unfortunately. We’ve coped admirably in the two recent fixtures. We aren’t blessed with a great amount of height so we need to avoid giving away silly set-pieces.”