He’s beaten Aberdeen in a cup quarter final before- and Jim Goodwin is hoping for a repeat tonight when St Mirren host the Dons.

Both sides will face off in a bid to reach the Scottish Cup semi-finals. The Buddies go into this one in good spirits after an encouraging 2-1 win over Motherwell in league action during the week.

A good midweek win. (Photo by Ben Banks)

Goodwin was Saints captain in October 2012 when they beat Aberdeen in a dramatic 4-2 penalty shootout at Pittodrie at this stage in the League Cup. They would go on to win it via a 3-2 final victory over Hearts.

All eyes are on cup glory for the Paisley manager. Whilst he is well aware of the underdog tag St Mirren will take with them into this match, Goodwin is remaining a firm believer in cup magic.


“The fact that we are in the quarter finals is great for everyone involved and no doubt there will be a really good atmosphere,” said Goodwin. “The last time we played Aberdeen in the quarter-final of a cup when I was here was 2012/13.

One thing led to another. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“We all know what happened then and hopefully this is another good omen. We have had really good performances against Aberdeen in the league this year, we have beaten them at our place here early on this season, we have drawn against them recently.

“Every game has been really tight so we certainly have nothing to fear.  In any cup competition it is on the day. I have always believed that throughout my career. Whether you are a big club or a small club, anyone is capable of beating anyone on a particular day and that has got to be our mind-set going into it.

“We were underdogs on Tuesday night, we were underdogs in the cup game previously against Motherwell and we will be underdogs again on Saturday and rightly so because when you look at the squad Aberdeen have got, we should be underdogs but we certainly don’t fear them.

Jim Goodwin meets the media ahead of St Mirren's match with Aberdeen

Jim Goodwin meets the media ahead of St Mirren’s match with Aberdeen. (Photo by Ben Banks)

“We are in a really good place at the moment. Hopefully we can give the fans something to cheer about. The fact that it is a home tie is a real positive for us and I hope it’s a good entertaining game.

“I’ve not been fortunate enough in my senior career to be at any real big club where that expectation is on you. Obviously as a manager, I was underdog every year at Alloa. It seems like every year I’m trying to get rid of that tag because I’d love St Mirren to be a club where we are favourites going into games.

“But I suppose it takes a little bit of the pressure off the players. People expect Aberdeen to roll into Paisley and win the game. It puts more pressure on them I suppose but we don’t view ourselves as underdogs within the group.”

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