St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin says he will revert back to tried and trusted players this weekend after rotating the likes of Collin Quaner and Daniel Finlayson into his team on Saturday.
Key players such as Jamie McGrath, Ilkay Durmus and Marcus Fraser weren’t chanced against Hamilton as Finlayson – who will joins the Buddies permanently from Rangers this summer – and Quaner were amongst the players handed rare starts. St Mirren lost 2-1 to Accies ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final with St Johnstone.
The weekend’s match has not handed Goodwin problems ahead of a return to Hampden: “It’s very disappointing. We didn’t play to our best at all. We didn’t underestimate Hamilton but I’d be lying if I didn’t have one eye on next Sunday. I don’t mind losing but there’s a way to lose and too many were going through the motions.
“There wasn’t a level of intensity, the passing was sloppy, everything was in front of Hamilton. They know that level isn’t acceptable and we have to raise things for next weekend. I felt as if too many were on 70 or 80 percent and you can’t have that at this level. Hamilton are too good for that. They punished us.
“I’m disappointed with the goals we conceded – the first we could have defended better then the second took a lucky deflection. Overall this season the performances have been good and we’ve taken our standards to a new level. But we dropped down in this game and that reality check can sometimes be good going into a game like the one next week.
“I gave opportunities to one or two who had been champing at the bit to start but they haven’t done themselves justice or given me a headache for next week. But the players have been fantastic and we won’t be too hard on them. We’ll reiterate we can’t play at 60 percent because if you do you get beat.”
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