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Saints gaffer says Buddies deserve credit for Ross County victory

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St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin was delighted with the resolve his makeshift side showed to pick up a pivotal win against Ross County.

The Saints travelled to Dingwall missing several key players, including influentia­l midfielder­s Jake Doyle-Hayes, Ethan Erhahon and Ryan Flynn.

Despite going behind early on, the Paisley side managed to shake themselves into action in the second half going on to win 3-1.

The win moved the Buddies back into seventh spot in the Premiershi­p, Goodwin’s target ever since narrowly missing out on the top six, thanks to Dundee United’s heavy defeat to Kilmarnock.

And the gaffer was pleased to be making the long return home with what could turn out to be a valuable three points in their quest to finish best of the rest this season.

He told BBC Sportsound: “It was a big win.

“It was a difficult start to the game. Ross County were the better team for the opening half an hour and I thought they deserved to go in front.

“Half time, it was just important to get the message to the staff to encourage the players and help them believe that if they got the next goal then they could go again and win the game.

“All-in-all I’m really satisfied considerin­g we’re up here with a real lack of numbers, not loads of options off the bench – I think the players deserve enormous credit.”

Disappoint­ed Ross County manager John Hughes said: “It was even Stevens in the first half.

“If we’d made it two before the first half it would have been a totally different game.

“The goals we concede are no different to the three we conceded against Inverness. “It’s bread and butter goals. “We have to stand up to it, win our headers, win our tackles.

“At 1-1 we’re still in the game, it was criminal to lose in the end.

“The effort of my players has never been in question, it’s just the know-how.

“It’s the fundamenta­ls that win football matches.

“We’re going to have to start keeping clean sheets.

“We’re conceding far too many goals.”

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