St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has lauded Jon Obika and provided an injury update on Kristian Dennis following his side’s 2-0 win over Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon.
A first goal of the season for Kyle McAllister and a second-half Obika strike secured a big three points for the Buddies, ensuring they held onto sixth spot in the Premiership table despite rivals Dundee United and St Johnstone both recording victories of their own.
Killie triumphed 1-0 when the two sides met in Paisley back in September, so Goodwin was delighted with the victory and he reserved special praise for his no.9.
“Obika has been a big player since he came to the club,” he said. “He scored massive goals for us last year and again today he gets an important goal because at 1-0, Kilmarnock were looking dangerous.”
“I thought his overall performance deserved a goal today. He led the line brilliantly and caused the Kilmarnock back three a lot of problems early on in the first half.”
Obika now has eight goals in all competitions this season and there’s pressure on him to deliver more going forward with both Collin Quaner and Kristian Dennis out injured.
Dennis scored twice in the league in January but picked up an injury in a midweek defeat to Hibs and Goodwin confirmed he is facing months on the sidelines.
“We were disappointed for Dennis because he was just looking as if he was getting up to speed fitness-wise but he got a sore one during the week and it’s looking like it might be quite a lengthy one so we’re really gutted for him,” he said.
“We got the results of a scan back yesterday [Friday]. He’s away to see a specialist on Monday and we’ll decide then whether it needs an operation or not.
“But it’s quite a lengthy one unfortunately and we’ll probably not see him again this season.”
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