St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has praised St Johnstone ahead of the two teams’ meeting in the Premiership on Wednesday.

Tenth-placed Saints are looking to put some daylight between themselves and Hamilton in the relegation play-off spot, with the gap currently just four points. Goodwin’s side sit six points above bottom side Hearts.

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

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

Standing in their way of three points are St Johnstone, who have been going well lately.

It was a tricky start to the season, with a 7-0 hammering at the hands of Celtic on the opening day never a good way to begin, but results have been strong in 2020.

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Before their 1-0 defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup at the weekend, Tommy Wright’s side had gone seven games unbeaten in all competitions, and their form has impressed Goodwin.

Perth battlers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 38-year-old said: “Tommy Wright has done really, really well again this season to turn it around. He was getting a lot of negative press which wasn’t justified in my opinion because he had quite a big turnaround of players.

“He deserves great credit for how organised he’s got the team.

“Somebody told me yesterday, the defeat against Celtic was only their third in 16 games or something like that – there won’t be many better records out there than that at the moment.

Praise for Saints boss Wright. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“They’re [St Johnstone] a club that we need to look to for inspiration if you like. They’re not a bigger club than we are, there’s not a great deal between the two teams, but Tommy Wright has managed, in years gone by, to make St Johnstone a regular top-six team – that’s where I want to take us as a club.”

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