Jim Goodwin says St Mirren can’t have any regrets as they moved back into the top six on goal difference against Hamilton.

The Buddies couldn’t celebrate Goodwin’s new deal as manager until 2024 with victory as a 1-1 draw was played out against Accies. Ilkay Durmus gave the home side the lead before Bruce Anderson leveled for Brian Rice’s side midway through the second half.

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A draw in Paisley. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Goodwin believes they are in pole position for a top six slot: “We’re frustrated to only have drawn based on the chances we had first half. We hit the post and bar, and Richard Tait forced Ryan Fulton into a fantastic save down to his left.

“I felt we should have been in front, but in the second half we didn’t pass the ball as well. We got sloppy in possession. We scored a really well worked goal and it was a fantastic finish from Ilkay Durmus. I’d said if we kept a clean sheet we’d win, but unfortunately we weren’t able to keep a clean sheet.

“The goal was disappointing from our point of view – there were a couple of deflections and it went past Jak Alnwick and there wasn’t a lot he could do. The point puts us back into the top six which is where we want to be. We’re in the driver’s seat with a fantastic opportunity and hopefully we can put on a better performance against Livingston.”

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Aiming for history. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Achieving a top six spot would be historic for St Mirren as they have never achieved such a landmark before. But Goodwin says it’s the ‘fear of failure’ that will motor the Buddies on to achieve it.

He said: “We’re not relying on favours from anyone. It’s a good position to be in, the best we’ve been in, in our history at this stage. It’s the fear of failure that drives you on. You don’t want to come this far and not achieve what we set out to.

“Hamilton were the slightly better team in the second half. We had to rely on Jak to make a great save to stop us losing so I suppose over the piece a draw is probably fair.”

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