Jim Goodwin and St Mirren extended their unbeaten run to nine games after a 1-0 win away at Motherwell.

The Buddies sat bottom of the Premiership before kick-off as they were forced to forfeit postponed fixtures against the Steelmen and Hamilton Accies, but a win lifted them off the foot of table and into 10th.

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Great day for the Buddies. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Goodwin said he was delighted with the result: “I thought we played really well in the first half and we were the better team but credit to Motherwell. I thought they were the better team for the second 45 and I know Stephen (Robinson) and his players will be disappointed not to have taken something from the game.

“We’ve got a lot of plaudits recently for the way we have been playing and the run that we’re on and we’ve played some really good football I believe. The second half wasn’t about that it was about togetherness and team spirit and grit and determination that sometimes people question and it was there in abundance I’m delighted to say. It’s nice to be sitting on the right end of the result.”


Forfeiting two fixtures hit St Mirren hard as Accies leapfrogged them with the three points handed to them by the SPFL but Goodwin says that the turning point for the Buddies season had already happened long before the Motherwell game: “When I think back to the game before our own lockdown if you like when we went to Pittodrie.

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Turned a corner. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“We got beat 2-1 but we were in front for a long period. I think that was the turning point for us and also for me as a manager. My approach to the game and the message that I was giving to the players early on maybe it was a bit negative at times.

“Because we were so low on numbers, I was constantly thinking about how we would stop the opposition and trying to be maybe too clever at times with tactics and since then we have gone into every game with a real positive frame of mind.

“I think that is something I have learned as a manager. I’m in my second year as a manager in the top flight and I’m learning all the time and unwise enough to admit when I get things wrong.”

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