By David Buick
Jim Goodwin’s St Mirren side were held to a goalless draw by the ten men of St Johnstone as the Buddies failed to find the net for the second game running.
St Mirren did have chances in the game, mainly through Jonathan Obika, although the big striker couldn’t find the target despite his hard work up front. Even playing against ten men for the final 15 minutes of the game, the home side couldn’t find the breakthrough and it made for a frustrating evening.
Goodwin said: “I think probably frustration is the key word. Sometimes when teams go down to ten men it actually makes it a bit more difficult to break them down because it gives them the freedom then to sit with their two banks of four and ten men behind the ball.
“I thought St Johnstone did that really well for the last ten minutes of the game. My disappointment would probably be that we didn’t get the ball forward early enough during that period. When we got in some good wide areas, we didn’t put enough crosses in and make St Johnstone defend and give our strikers something to go and attack.
“Of course there is an element of frustration but at the same time, we’ve hit the post a couple of times tonight and Zander Clark’s made a couple of fantastic saves and I think you’ve probably got to give credit to St Johnstone. They’ll be certainly a lot happier with the point than we are.”
Despite a frustrating night for his side and hearing that Hamilton had won at Ibrox, Goodwin is still relaxed and thinks his side are in a decent position ahead of the run-in.
“Fair play to Hamilton,” said Goodwin. “Brian Rice will be delighted because any points you pick up against the Old Firm are considered bonus points to clubs like ourselves so well done to them.
“I’m really not concerned about anyone else; I know that’s what you think some managers just might say but genuinely I’m just concentrating on what we can do. Now is the time for calm heads, nobody to get uptight or anxious about the situation, it is what it is.
“We’re doing okay, we’re not in a bad place at all. If we were five or six points adrift at the bottom then absolutely we’d be a little bit concerned, but we’re not, we’re doing okay and we’re looking forward to the run-in.”