Jim Goodwin has been left frustrated with the manner in which St Mirren conceded their goals in a 5-0 defeat to Celtic.
Leigh Griffiths got scoring underway for Celtic with an 18th minute effort. The Buddies were still in the game but another Griffiths strike before half time was a major blow for Goodwin’s team.
Second half goals from Odsonne Edouard, Griffiths again and Callum McGregor added insult to injury. Celtic moved 16 clear at the top but after Hamilton and Hearts picked up three points and a point respectively, St Mirren are now in the relegation play-off spot, three off bottom.
“To lose it 5-0 and to lose some of the goals in the manner we did is probably the most disappointing thing,” Goodwin told St Mirren’s website. “Even at 2-0 we thought if we got the next goal it would be game on again.
“We spoke about trying to get to the hour mark but unfortunately we weren’t able to do that. When it goes 3-0 it’s pretty much game over. It’s the way we conceded the goals which is the most disappointing aspect of it.
“The first two are really avoidable, third goal, Edouard manages to turn and get a shot away. The fourth one is a decent strike from Leigh Griffiths and the fifth one which puts the icing on the cake for Celtic, we get done on the counter-attack. We can’t allow this to affect us too much, we’ve got a huge game coming up on Wednesday.”
Huge Jambos battle
If it wasn’t big already, Wednesday’s meeting between St Mirren and Hearts is massive. It’s rare that St Mirren get bowled over quite like they did at Parkhead, but they must file their Celtic defeat under one to forget.
A win over Hearts in Paisley could move them six clear of bottom, putting a huge amount of pressure on their relegation rivals. Not only that, but they could move back out the relegation zone.
St Mirren won’t face many harder challenges than this for the rest of the season. Making sure it doesn’t impact their confidence too much ahead of Wednesday will be vital.