Disruption has affected St Mirren in recent matches – but it’s not all bad at the Buddies says Conor McCarthy as they look for a return to winning ways.

It’s been a difficult few weeks for the Paisley side. Before their match with Hibs a couple of weeks ago, their entire goalkeeper department was wiped out due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Including the 1-0 defeat to St Johnstone beforehand, Jim Goodwin’s men are now on a run of four straight defeats, following matches against the Hibees, Celtic and Dundee United. They will look to bounce back from that today against Kilmarnock.

Injury, suspensions and COVID problems haven’t helped their cause to get back on track after a solid start to the season. But despite a disappointing run of form, centre-back McCarthy says there’s some good things going on in Paisley.

“The gaffer’s always been positive, that’s one of his greatest strengths as a manager,” the Irishman said. “He’s drilled home what we are really good at and hopefully we can bring that forward into the next game.

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Conor McCarthy has been decent this term. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Performances have and haven’t been there. There’s been some good aspects in the game and the gaffer has been showing us that. It’s not all doom and gloom.

“The disruptions don’t help. We had a settled unit at the start of the season and obviously with a few sendings-off and people having to self-isolate that changed.

“But the players that have stepped in are more than capable of equalling if not bettering what we have already built this season. It would be nice to get back to that tight unit we built up.

“Having shown the form we did at the start of the season, we have enough experienced players in the group to pull ourselves together and really kick on this Saturday.”

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