St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin believes his side were the better of two teams during a defeat to Aberdeen– although defensive woes have been rued.

The Buddies have been knocked out the Scottish Cup at the quarter final stage following a 2-0 defeat in Paisley against Derek McInnes’ side. Goodwin’s men had the ball in attacking areas but failed to test Dons goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Rarely tested. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

In the end it was Lewis Ferguson and Sam Cosgrove strikes that have sent Aberdeen to Hampden for another domestic cup semi-final. For Goodwin, full focus returns to obtaining Premiership survival.

It was more frustration than disappointment for the Paisley boss. He reckons his side played better than Aberdeen on the night but defensively they shot themselves in the foot.

“It was more frustrating in that we played reasonably well, I thought we were the better team,” said Goodwin. “I thought we played the better football but the bottom line is the two goals we concede are extremely poor.

Disappointment for Goodwin against Aberdeen.

Disappointment for Goodwin against Aberdeen. (Photo by Ben Banks)

“The first one we drop a midfield runner which we spoke about leading up to the game. The second one, it’s stupid really, messing around on your own 18-yard line like that and giving away a penalty.

 

“I’d love to sit here and say Aberdeen thoroughly deserved it because of how well they played but I can’t. We were very good from back to middle and lacked a bit of cutting edge in the final third.

“We didn’t work Joe Lewis at all, I think he made one save from Jamie McGrath when he cut inside – but it was a straightforward save. At the same time, Vaclav Hladky’s had to pick the ball out of his net twice.

“I’m really frustrated. We just didn’t do enough to win the game.”

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