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Breaking News ! Jim Goodwin insists it’s a relief he’s chasing points for a different reason as manager than he did as a Saints player. As the club reaches the business end of the campaign, the Buddies are hunting positive results this week to boost their bid for a historic Premiership top-six spot. Goodwin, who played for St Mirren between 2011 and 2016, remembers this time of the season as a tough and nerve-racking scrap for survival. Now the gaffer is enjoying a different kind of pressure in the dugout as he aims to steer his Buddies to the top half with their top-flight status already all but secured. He also knows a win tonight against Motherwell would go a long way to helping the Paisley club achieve their target of a top-half finish. Goodwin told Express Sport: “It’s great not to be concerned about the relegation side of things. “We know we haven’t achieved what we’ve set out to yet, the top six, but when I was here as a player for five and a half years at this stage of the season it was always fighting and scrapping to get the points required to make sure we survived. “This time around we’re asking the players to fight and scrap to get the points we need to make the top six. “It’s a really positive place to be. That’s why the players are giving their all game after game. “Livi was our ninth game in four weeks and by the end of this month we’ll have played 11 games in just short of five weeks. “That is a hell of an ask for the players. Read More Related Articles Ryan Flynn says St Mirren have shot at history in their hands as he urges Buddies to keep fighting “I know some people won’t have much sympathy for them because they’re professional athletes, they should be able to do that etc. But it’s very demanding. “They’re playing on very heavy pitches, a very quick turnaround with very little recovery. “Everyone is going through the same thing and we just have to roll our sleeves up and get on with it.
. “They’ll no doubt be looking for a massive reaction because they’ve conceded seven goals in their last two games. “I’ve no doubt Graham Alexander will be asking a lot of them and they’ve got very good players, so we’ll have to be at our very best.” Despite finishing impressively in third place last season, Motherwell are facing a relegation scrap this time around and visit Paisley tonight desperate for points to pull them away from the bottom two positions. While Goodwin believes home advantage hasn’t been as much of an influence this campaign, he is delighted to have the next two games at the SMISA Stadium as the Buddies look to cement themselves in sixth position.
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Goodwin added: “I don’t think there is that much of a home advantage anymore. “You don’t have thousands of supporters behind you cheering you on and the points return tells you that. “Teams have picked up more points on the road than they have at home. We certainly have. “With that said, we always prefer to play on our own patch, albeit the pitch has taken an absolute battering at the moment. “I feel sorry for our groundsman Tommy Docherty, who has received all sorts of plaudits and compliments in years gone by for the quality of the pitch. “But we’ve had so many home games back-to-back that the pitch is really struggling. “There’s not a great deal of grass on it at the moment, which does not really suit the way we want to play. “We’ve got another couple of home games, Wednesday and Saturday, and we’d rather be playing here than the logistical nightmare of what travelling to away games is at the moment, in terms of the facilities where you are sometimes getting changed at the back of the stands. “It’s not always that luxurious.
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“We’d always prefer to be in our familiar surroundings here at our stadium.”
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