Jim Goodwin was left head in hands at half-time against Aberdeen – but the St Mirren manager was overjoyed come the final whistle.
His Buddies side beat the Dons 2-1 in League Cup last 16 action on Saturday night, Ilkay Durmus putting them ahead before Niall McGinn leveled things up before half-time.
It was against the run of play but it still irked Goodwin: “I was really disappointed to be level at the break considering how much we dominated in the opening 45 minutes.
“If we had been 3-0 up then there couldn’t have been many complaints. When they equalise, it would have been really easy for the team to capitulate, so credit to the boys because they didn’t allow that to happen.
“I asked them to replicate their performance at half-time as I believed that would be enough to win the game and, thankfully, that proved to be the case.”
A Jamie McGrath effort, that was unfortunately bundled into the net by Dons keeper Joe Lewis, would seal victory for Goodwin. They’ve had a stop-start season due to Covid-19 and the Paisley boss believes this victory is just reward for their efforts.
“Every single player contributed hugely,” said Goodwin. “There has been great belief within the group. There’s been a lot said outwith our dressing room but we know why that poor run happened.
“We’ve got plenty of reasons for it and I’m not looking for excuses because they aren’t, they are genuine reasons. We started the season well and then Covid hit, and it took its toll.
“We are on the other side of that now and I don’t want to speak about it. We have got a fantastic group.”
Now attention turns to the next match at home to Aberdeen in the Premiership next Saturday for Goodwin and his team: “I’ve always said that, outside the top four teams in the league, we are all capable of beating each other.
“It’s about consistency, momentum and confidence, so hopefully we can take that into next weekend’s game against Aberdeen. They’ll come down here hurting, like wounded animals and wanting revenge.”