Jim Goodwin was once again pleased with his St Mirren defence – but he was also left wanting more cutting edge in the final third after a 1-1 draw with Ross County.
Jonathan Obika got his second goal of the season to give Goodwin’s men the lead in Paisley. The game changed as Joe Shaughnessy was sent off after the hour mark, Nathan Sheron sticking one in his own net 20 minutes from time.
It leaves St Mirren in the top six as their decent start to the season continues, losing just once so far. Having been ahead at home in this one though, before then holding on for a share of the spoils a man down, Goodwin wasn’t sure how to feel at full time as he urged his team to improve in the final third.
“It’s real mixed emotions as 11 vs 11 I felt that we were going to add to it,” said Goodwin. “Junior Morias is so unlucky. With everything he puts in to the game he deserves a goal. He’s really unfortunate in a couple of incidents in both halves.
“I thought we were going to go two up, maybe even three up. So we’re disappointed not to hang on for all three points but there’s also a sense of pride in the players. It’s a little bit cheesy when managers say that but there was a real togetherness and willingness to dig in to grind out a result.
“When it goes to 1-1 with so much time left on the clock you’re fearing the worst. But that’s why I signed the lads that I did – Tait, Fraser, Jak Alnwick in goal. They’re strong characters who won’t roll over and let teams have it easy. We made life difficult for County. They weren’t peppering Jak’s goal at any point.
“I thought we created more chances today. Kyle McAllister when we got him on the ball in the first half he looked dangerous. I’m satisfied with what they’re giving me at the moment and going forward we will improve.
“Defensively we’ve been excellent. We weren’t battered in the Rangers game. Of the four goals we’ve conceded this season two were own goals and one was a set play. Defensively we’re doing great but we have to improve at the other end. But it will come I’m sure of that.”