St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has told his players that today’s Premiership clash is the Buddies’ biggest of the season so far as he warned it is important to keep their feet on the ground after back-to-back wins.
The Paisley side head to Dingwall this afternoon looking for their third win on the bounce in the league but Goodwin knows the Staggies can pose a threat to his side’s hopes of picking up the three points.
With the Irishman setting his sights on a top-six finish this season after narrowly missing out last term, a win against County would see them stay well on course to achieve their goals.
“I’ve said to the lads this week that it’s actually our biggest game of the season so far,” Goodwin told the Paisley Daily Express.
“To go and try to win three games back-to-back in this league would be a great achievement for the group. That’s where our mindset is at, but we’ll give Ross County all the respect they deserve.
“We know they’ve got some very good players in their team that can cause us problems, but if we can apply ourselves in the same manner we have done in recent weeks then we give ourselves a good chance of carrying the run on.
“There’s two ways of looking at it – what the gap’s going to be like at the bottom end, or if we win we could go two points behind fourth place in the league. Most teams would be thinking ‘Let’s get the points needed to make sure we stay in the league’.
“We’re no different from any of those teams but, at the same time, we’ve got a target for top six. If we were able to get a win up at Ross County then that would put us right on track for what we need in the first 11 games of the season.
“But we’re not getting overly carried away with the run we’re on.
“I think it’s really important for everybody to stay grounded and remember it took us a little bit of time to get that first win as well, albeit we’ve had two good victories.
“You’re only a couple of games away from a crisis and that’s the nature of the beast. That’s the industry we’re in.”
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