Jim Goodwin has praised Jake Doyle-Hayes and Jamie McGrath after the St Mirren boss allowed them to play through the ‘pain barrier.’
Goodwin was hopeful of having at least one player back before the split after foot and shoulder injuries respectively but both started during Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Motherwell. It keeps the Buddies in the top six in the Scottish Premiership.
Given this game was originally down as a 3-0 forfeit loss, Goodwin was satisfied with a point, praising his Irish duo: “It absolutely could be a good point. I have boys in the dressing room who are all disappointed after taking a point against Motherwell.
“People will talk about all the injuries Motherwell have, but we have our own problems. We played a game there with two boys who were probably only 80 per cent fit. They’re a good side who were wanting to come here and make amends for their poor result on Saturday.
“We respect the opposition as always and, in the end, we didn’t do enough to win the game. It’s a positive result for us because, a few months ago, it was down as a 3-0 defeat. It’s another point on the board. We’re still in pole position. We’ve opened up a bit more of a gap with St Johnstone and Dundee United but there’s still a lot to play for.
“We only decided on Tuesday to play Jake and Jamie. Jake hasn’t trained, he went and got an injection on Monday and it settled down nicely and we took a gamble to be quite honest. I’ve got to give great credit to both players because they are only probably 75, 80-per-cent fit.
“But they realised the importance of the situation and I didn’t have to beg them to play. They wanted to go and make their own bit of history by being part of the first St Mirren team to make the top six since the Premiership began. It’s a great credit to them for playing through the pain barrier. It’s fantastic we’ve got big characters like that.”
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