It wasn’t the landslide victory some were forecasting- but Jim Goodwin was pleased nonetheless with the 3-0 St Mirren win over Broxburn Athletic.
The East of Scotland League side to their credit performed admirably against superior opponents, getting to half time at 0-0. In the second half though the Buddies’ class shone through.
Jonathan Obika scored almost ten minutes after the restart before two late goals from Danny Mullen and Obika once more sealed a home win. It was a patient performance and eventually Goodwin got his reward.
Whilst not the perfect display, Goodwin says the main objective is complete, booking a last 16 place as the Paisley side look for a cup run.
“Most importantly we’re in the next round and that’s the aim before a ball is kicked,” said Goodwin. “We knew it was going to be difficult. People would have expected us to wipe the floor with Broxburn.
“I give credit to them for the way they went about it, particularly in the first half. They made life very difficult for us and we struggled to break them down at times, we didn’t test the goalkeeper enough.
“I give credit to my players as well, they were professional in the way they went about it. In the second half we were better and Broxburn tired which we thought would be the case and gaps started to appear.
“It looks quite comfortable at 3-0 but it certainly wasn’t the case. It was a good game for us to go back into with the league campaign kicking off next week.
“Today’s not about us, I think it’s about Broxburn. Getting to this stage of the Scottish Cup is outstanding and all the credit should go to them because we’ve done what people expected us to do.”