St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has paid tribute to his Buddies battlers after their unbeaten run came to a close at Easter Road.

Kevin Nisbet scored the only goal of the game as the Hibees beat the Saints 1-0 on Wednesday, a first defeat in 12 matches for Goodwin’s men. It brought an end to a great run that had them pick up several great victories.

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Goodwin’s St Mirren men lost the match at Easter Road. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Goodwin won’t hammer his players after a first defeat in a while: “It was a frustrating night. That’s obviously the 11-game unbeaten run coming to an end.

“But I don’t think there was a great deal between the two teams over the ninety minutes. The game lacked that bit of quality, to be honest, especially in the final third from both teams.

“The only bit of quality we saw in the game was young Nisbet’s finish. Even at that point I’m really disappointed because we come charging out of the area to leave Boyle in acres of space.

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Left frustrated. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He’s the one man we highlighted before the game – make sure we look after him and don’t give him space – but we did and he runs across the 18-yard line before finding Nisbet.

“It was a half chance but ultimately that’s why they took all three points. We’re all frustrated but we can’t be too hard on ourselves. We’ve been on a fantastic run and there’s no shame in coming to Easter Road and losing.

“There wasn’t a great deal between the teams. It wasn’t like we’ve been hammered 4-0. I can’t be overly critical of the players because to turn the corner the way they have has been incredible.”

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