St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has praised Hibs after Paul Heckingbottom’s side edged past the Buddies 1-0.

Scott Allan scored a late winner to ensure the three points stayed in Leith. The Buddies didn’t make it easy for the home side, who’ll know they have to improve on their first league outing.

Allan netted late to seal victory. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Despite that, Goodwin was full of praise for the victors.

Speaking after the game to the BBC, he said: “They are a very good side. I like the way Paul Heckingbottom has his team playing.

“They are very attacking minded and they have some really good pace in the team. They were comfortable on the ball and I think they’ll turn teams over here a lot, three and four nil maybe.”

Hibs have to work hard to prove Goodwin right

The Buddies boss clearly has a lot of respect for his opponents. On the day Hibs just about edged it but they were far from perfect.

Were Hibs deserving of high praise from Goodwin? (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Christian Doidge missed a few golden opportunities. It took them until the 85th minute to break the deadlock. St Mirren could have stole a point towards the end, but Jonathan Obika missed his chance from close range.

Hibs have work to do yet. They need an injection of pace, which oddly enough is one of the attributes Goodwin highlighted. They’ll likely receive that through Glenn Middleton.

The Daily Record reported recently that the Rangers winger is set for a medical before linking up with Hibs on loan. He is a pacey direct winger, who’ll give Hibs a different option out on the flanks.

Middleton will add pace. (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Were Hibs deserving of such high praise from Goodwin? On the evidence of their St Mirren performance, probably not. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the scintillating show Goodwin seems to be describing.

They will improve though. It’s also nice to see another Premiership boss have so much respect for their opposition.

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