Buddie Banter: Confident St Mirren are hitting top gear at just the right moment in race for top six spot


If you could make it and sell it you’d be richer than Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg combined.

Well, maybe not that rich, but you’d certainly not have to every worry about buying the next big round in again.

In sport, confidence is king.

Confidence can so often be the difference between winning and losing and in football we see that on a weekly basis.

Just a few months ago St Mirren couldn’t buy a win. The players’ collective heads were down and you were struggling to see where the next win was going to come from.

Fast forward to Wednesday night and the bustling Buddies were racking up their fifth victory in six games since returning from the winter break.

Indeed the only points they’ve dropped came from a last-gasp equalizer against Motherwell. It could have so easily been six wins from six.

Now confidence isn’t the only factor behind Saints’ up-turn in fortune.

The introduction of Alex Greive, Jordan Jones and Alex Gogic has played a big part, with the trio all contributing to recent victories with crucial goals and vital assists.

The change of formation has also made a massive difference.

Instead of a restrictive back five that saw the Buddies overloaded with defensive-minded players, Jim Goodwin’s side now poses a serious attacking threat with two out-and-out wingers and a playmaker properly supporting the lone striker.

What was even more impressive about Wednesday night’s win, and the club’s victory at Easter Road, was that both were achieved without top goalscorer and key striker Eamonn Brophy.

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It was also managed without Scott Tanser, the club’s first choice left wing-back.

As Greg Kiltie told the media after the game though, one of the biggest changes he’s seen is a serious up-turn in confidence.

When he says the reins have come off, I don’t think it’s physical reins that have been put on them he’s referring to.

It’s the freedom and belief to do what needs to be done that comes as a by-product of confidence.

Now that St Mirren have got their belief and their mojo back, they can seriously start to believe that the top six is ​​a more than attainable target this season.

Yes, Hibs and Aberdeen have much bigger budgets and should really be further up the table than they currently are.

But they don’t appear to have the stability and structure that the Buddies currently boast.

Motherwell and Dundee United both have brilliant players capable of great goals, but again the core group doesn’t appear to be as strong – hence why their results are more erratic.

The other key factor St Mirren have in their corner right now is momentum.

Last season, Goodwin’s side went on a brilliant run before the winter break.

When they returned, the pressure seemed to get to them and they ended up drawing far too many games in the run down to the split.

This season, it appears that the Saints have got their sticky patch of form out of the way early.

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While others around them are faltering, the Buddies seem to have hit their stride just at the key moment.

Having hung on in there and picked up points when they weren’t at their best, the Paisley side are now hitting form heading into the business end of the season.

With a crunch game in hand still to come against Dundee, if St Mirren’s players and staff can keep their confidence levels rising high there is absolutely no reason they can’t maintain a spot in the top half of the top flight for the first time since 1985.

Wouldn’t that be a confidence-boost for every St Mirren fan.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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