Ross County fought back to earn a 1-1 draw against St. Mirren in sunny Paisley on Saturday.

Both sides had started their campaigns impressively, but it was Jim Goodwin’s hosts who hit the front early on through Jon Obika’s second goal in as many weeks.

The Highlanders fought back in the second-half though, with Nathan Sheron’s own goal arriving just minutes after the Buddies had seen Joe Shaughnessy sent off.

Here’s three things we learned from the game.

St. Mirren were resolute with 11 men

St. Mirren may have an entirely new backline from last season but they’ve started the season really well – with 11 men at least.

Prior to Joe Shaughnessy’s debatable red card, Saints were rarely troubled. Only first-half headed chances for Ross Stewart and Billy McKay threatened to unlock a Buddies defence that had kept two clean sheets in their opening three matches.

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Jim Goodwin has built a resolute side / (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Richard Tait looks like a brilliant addition to Jim Goodwin’s outfit and executed a brilliant acrobatic clearance just after half-time.

Marcus Fraser, playing against his old team, also had a good game.

Willie Collum stealing the headlines

Even when he’s not refereeing, it seems like Willie Collum can’t stay away from the headlines.

As fourth official, he had arguably the biggest say in the game as he convinced referee Mike Roncone to dismiss Shaughnessy after an overzealous challenge in the middle of the park.

Roncone didn’t even give County a full in the first instance but soon dismissed the former Aberdeen man after Collum’s input and a bit of a rammy in the centre circle.

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Willie Collum had another big say in the game / (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Jim Goodwin’s cries of “Willie” told everyone inside the stadium who had really given the red card.

Positive signs for both

It may be early stages in the Premiership season – but both of these sides look much improved from last season’s showings.

County conceded more goals than any other top-flight team last season (60 in 30 matches) but they’ve shored up at the back with some hard-working signings.

St Mirren, meanwhile, have only conceded four goals in four games this campaign – with three of those arriving at Ibrox.

Early stages indeed, but both of these sides look better to Hamilton Accies – who they each defeated over the past two weekends.

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