The St Mirren players are going to Dublin for their Christmas night out- something which they’ve fully earned after their Hamilton heroics says Jim Goodwin.

Whilst not the prettiest of games, Goodwin’s men grinded out their first away win in a crucial South Lanarkshire clash. Cammy MacPherson stepped up on 55 minutes to hand the Buddies a big 1-0 victory over Accies.

MacPherson grabbed a goal. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

It lifts them out of the relegation zone and into ninth, two points clear of tenth, 11th and 12th. The game also piles pressure on Brian Rice’s Accies, who are now joint-bottom after this defeat.

Goodwin was thirlled after the full-time whistle and insists his players have earned their Christmas party.

“What a difference a win makes,” he said. “When it’s your first win on the road which has been a long time coming it’s nice to put a stop to that bad run. Overall I’m delighted because coming into the game we were missing a lot of experienced players and a lot of physicality.

Plenty of St Mirren heart. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“You know how Hamilton go about things, they are very aggressive. We had to stand up and be counted and I thought we played a lot of good football.

“I’m delighted for the players. The manner of the defeat on Wednesday was sore for us all to take but they answered a lot of questions. Every single one of them was up for it.

“When we looked at the run of games we knew this one was going to be important. These are the games we’re going to be judged on and this was a massive game for us.

“We didn’t manage the game very well, we got a bit nervous – but all the credit has to go to the players as i thought they were all outstanding. They can go now and enjoy their weekend because they deserve a beer after that.”

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