How the St Mirren and Aberdeen players fared: Jamie McGrath narration, Connor Ronan influence, Dons collective failure

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After sitting out the previous two games due to speculation about his future, Jamie McGrath returned to the starting lineup with a left-back role in a 4-2-3-1 system in 1-0 win over the Dons.

The midfielder was a key transfer target for Aberdeen, who were keen to snap the player up on a pre-contract deal. However, that was withdrawn with McGrath considering options in England.

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Goodwin revealed after the win over Dundee United earlier this month that he was not selected because the 25-year-old “didn’t feel like his head was in the right place”.

Connor Ronan celebrates with Jamie McGrath. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

McGrath played a key role with Goodwin and described his performance as “magnificent”, showing “fans that he cares and is committed to doing his best”. The midfielder displayed a power of work on the flank, combating Calvin Ramsay’s advances and supporting the attack.

However, it was another Irishman who ultimately stole the show for the Buddies. Connor Ronan scored his fourth of the season, and third against Aberdeen, with a brilliant second-half goal to beat Joe Lewis.

The star on loan showed his versatility and hard-working side, playing in a deeper role in midfield alongside Alan Power.

How did the rest of the St Mirren team do?

Aberdeen was abject in defeat. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

It was all about the collective for the Buddies. Goodwin spoke after about giving the ball away with the visitors enjoying 68 percent possession. However, they could do very little with it. Much of that was due to St Mirren’s work out of possession. They put players behind the ball, left little to no space between the lines, and pressed the ball intelligently. Eamonn Brophy, Greg Kiltie, McGrath and Jay Henderson worked hard to defend from the front, supported by Ronan and Power. The defense gave Aberdeen nothing. Joe Shaughnessy had Christian Ramirez in his back pocket and Charles Dunne didn’t get a foot in, as did Marcus Fraser. Stephen Glass changed his spread men throughout the game, but none could get past Scott Tanser, who was another looking to support the team going forward.

And the Dons?

The collective was mentioned regarding the good performance of St Mirren. Well, for Aberdeen, it was a collective failure. No player could conclude that he performed well. From the start of the game, the visitors were uncomfortable and unsure. Dean Campbell played a series of unruly passes, while David Bates and Ross McCrorie were guilty of loose play on and off the ball. Throughout the season, Calvin Ramsay has been a strong attacking outlet for Aberdeen. However, despite being in good positions, he never got past McGrath or Tanser. The midfield three had their moments but never took full control of the game despite the club’s dominance of possession. As for the three forwards. Passive and non-threatening. Ramírez’s link play was sloppy and he was guilty of giving up possession too often. Ryan Hedges was offside and Funso Ojo is not the answer in an attacking position. As for the submarines? Things did not improve.

player ratings

saint myrren: Alnwick 6; Fraser 7, Shaughnessy 8, Dunne 7, Tanser 8; Henderson 6, Power 7, McGrath 7, Ronan 8 (Erhahon 5); Kiltie 6, Brophy 6 (Grieve 6).

aberdeen: Louis 6; Ramsay 5 (Kennedy N/A), McCrorie 5, Bates 4, Campbell 5; Hedges 5 (JET 4), Brown 5, Ferguson 5, Jenks 5 (McLennan 5), Eye 4; Ramirez 4.

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

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