Fear not, though, in the season of goodwill, promising news is delivered... Two years ago today, Jamie McGrath's goal in Lanarkshire ensured all three points for Jim Goodwin's St Mirren, lifting them off the bottom of the table, too. Image source, SNSSt Mirren have had little to no luck when it comes to penalty decisions this season. They have been awarded the joint-fewest penalties in the Scottish Premiership - just one when Jonah Ayunga tucked away a consolation in September's 4-1 defeat by Aberdeen. At the other end, Stephen Robinson's side have conceded the most spot-kicks in the league with eight - two more than Livingston in second.
St MirrenвЂ™s backline will relish the opportunity to try and snuff out the considerable threat from the likes of Bojan Miovski, a task that former Aberdeen man Declan Gallagher should be up to as one of the Buddies' standout performers this season. St Mirren scored two late goals to secure a 3-2 victory over St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership on this day in 2020. St Johnstone had led 2-1, but went down to 10 men just before half-time when Jason Kerr was sent off for a reckless tackle, and Jim Goodwin's side took full advantage. Lee Erwin and Jonathan Obika both headed home from Kyle McAllister crosses to secure all three points. Image source, SNSImage caption, Jonathan Obika's header proved to be the winner in PaisleySt Mirren defender Richard Tait will be out for at least a couple of months following a groin operation, confirms manager Stephen Robinson.
The Buddies have gone six weeks without a game after their first match back after the World Cup, against Motherwell last weekend, was postponed due to burst pipes at Fir Park. Boss Robinson, whose team face an Aberdeen side reeling from back-to-back defeats to the Old Firm, said: "The boys were very disappointed not to play but these things happen at this time of year. вЂњWe had an 11 v 11 on Saturday morning among ourselves and we had another bounce game on Monday. "We feel we have caught up with time and minutes and, when we analyse our data, it was like we had played a game. So we are ready to go. "We have players who are training really well, they are right at the top of their game, and we aim to take the game to Aberdeen.
В After an unexpected extension to the World Cup break courtesy of MotherwellвЂ™s defeat at the hands of their own plumbing, all attention turns to Christmas Eve. A clash between a Saints side enjoying their best home form in many a moon and an Aberdeen team experiencing their fair share of struggles on the road so far (that sounds familiarвЂ¦) В should play out as a Christmas cracker. Stephen RobinsonвЂ™s men will be hoping itвЂ™s a case of third time lucky this calendar year after last seasonвЂ™s final-day 0-0 borefest at Pittodrie consigned Jim GoodwinвЂ™s men to a 10th-placed finish. The less said about a lopsided 4-1 Dons win in August, the better.
"Robinson spent the winter shutdown fine-tuning his squad, who are unbeaten in Paisley since the opening day. "We don't intend doing anything different, we just need to do what we do even better and try and gain those percentages, " he said. "We have not changed a lot. We have demanded more intensity and even better concentration levels so that we can keep pushing on. "I feel we have quite a consistent 11 and four or five boys in the background who deserve to be playing. We have a group of boys who want to get better all the time. "Image source, SNSSt Mirren have confirmed their support of Shelter Scotland's Christmas campaign. #NoHomeKit will be taking effect across Scottish football this weekend, having done so in the women's game three weeks ago.
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St Mirren are unbeaten in their last five home league meetings with Aberdeen (W3 D2), winning both of their last two. After beating St Mirren 4-1 in August, Aberdeen are looking to earn back-to-back league wins over the Buddies for the first time since December 2018, when they won four in succession. It's been a long old wait, eh? Six weeks after they last kicked a ball in the Premiership, St Mirren finally return to action on Saturday. It's sure to be a spicy one with former Buddies boss Jim Goodwin bringing his Aberdeen side to the SMISA Stadium.
St Mirren are aiming to continue their excellent home form, so who should get the nod to start? Make yourself the manager and choose your Buddies XI here. Craig Devine, Misery Hunters podcast, externalMichael JordanвЂ™s 2001 NBA return. Tom BradyвЂ™s current Buccaneers season. Every St Mirren fan will be hoping Jim Goodwin considers coming back to Paisley up there with the other great вЂI shouldnвЂ™t have botheredвЂ™ stories in sports by the time the final whistle rings out at the SMISA stadium on Saturday.
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В (Daily Record), externalRead the rest of Tuesday's Scottish gossip. Image source, BBC SportAre we all giddy at the near return of the Scottish Premiership? Buddies have been buoyed by the exploits of Keanu Baccus out in Qatar, flying the flag for Paisley at the World Cup. But as attention can begin to turn back to domestic action, is there any worry amongst you St Mirren fans ahead of Saturday? To be blunt, Stephen Robinson's side have a dreadful record on the road this season, and they return from hibernation at Fir Park against Motherwell.
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The 33-year-old has been sidelined since coming off in the 3-0 defeat by Hibernian at Easter Road on 19 October and eventually went under the knife, but Robinson believes the prognosis on his recovery could have been more unfavourable. вЂњWe thought he would be the end of the season but the surgeon spoke positively about it, " said the Northern Irishman. вЂњHe is going to be at least a couple of months but probably a bit less than we originally thought. "Without rushing him, it will be good to have him back in terms of squad depth but other than that everybody is fit and ready to go. "Robinson's side were due to return to Scottish Premiership action this weekend but their match against his former side Motherwell has been postponed due to flooding at Fir Park.
Pick your St Mirren XI to take on Motherwell here. Image source, BBC SportImage source, BBC SportAndrew Christie, В Misery Hunters podcast, externalMotherwellвЂ™s home record (four pointsВ fromВ 21) versus St MirrenвЂ™s away record (threeВ fromВ 18). ItвЂ™s an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. В ItвЂ™s Mick Jagger and David Bowie performing Dancing in the Street. В ItвЂ™s Travolta and Cage in Face/Off. В At home, the BuddiesвЂ™ defence is as solid as any in the league, but the version of that backline that has sufferedВ humblingsВ on the roadВ to St Johnstone, HibsВ andВ Ross County hasВ lookedВ a different proposition;В one thatВ Stevie HammellвЂ™s bigВ bad lad forward line ofВ KevinВ van Veen and Louis MoultВ will have studied closely.
St Mirren - BBC SportSt Mirren will be without striker Alex Greive, who has returned to New Zealand after a family bereavement. Full-back Richard Tait is out following groin surgery. Jim Goodwin has no fresh injury concerns but says "psychologically we have to get them back up and running again" after Aberdeen's dramatic late defeat against Rangers. Winger Callum Roberts is still making way his back from a long-term hamstring issue. Stephen Robinson reckons St Mirren arenвЂ™t disadvantaged by their later than expected return to action as they look to add to AberdeenвЂ™s woes on Saturday.
St Mirren's midfield (including returning World Cup hero KeanuВ Baccus) will look to contain and frustrate the more creative elements of theВ MotherwellВ side. Up top, theВ robustВ and ready pairing of Curtis Main and JonahВ AyungaВ will beВ primed to fight for every inch against a Motherwell defence that has thus far shipped 11 goalsВ in seven gamesВ on their own turf. Both sides go into the game onВ the back of five weeks spent arresting their respectiveВ early seasonВ issues. В From St MirrenвЂ™s point of view, it is a massive opportunity to make a statement of intent about how the rest of ourВ campaignВ -В and our top six ambitions - will look. A switch toВ St MirrenВ and a possible reunion with old team-mate Scott Brown at Fleetwood Town are options for midfielderВ Scott Robertson, 21, who won't be offered a newВ CelticВ deal this summer.
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