ST MIRREN striker Danny Mullen admitted he found it hard to look on helplessly from the sidelines during his injury absence.

Mullen wore strapping on his wrist during Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock, his first appearance since the 3-0 loss to Hamilton on September 22.

And the 23-year-old says the spell in the stands was hard to take.

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He said: "Sitting in the stand and looking on and seeing the team play well and not getting the results is hard to take. The first half of the Hibs game we played well and against Kilmarnock, but the results aren't coming.

"Knowing you can't do anything to help the boys out is frustrating. But, it was good to be back in the starting line up but it was not the result we wanted."

The former Livingston attacker netted a double in the opening day and only league win so far over Dundee.

And now he's back fit, Mullen is looking to strike up a lethal partnership with Simeon Jackson to fire the Buddies up the table.

He added: "I got off to a good start with the two goals against Dundee on the first day of the season. My confidence was sky high then.

"I felt that I could go on and do more. Then I got injured and that set me back a bit.

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"I am looking to go on and score as many goals as I can this season and I don't think just because I have stepped up a league that it is going to make a difference to how I play and how many goals I want to score.

“He is an experienced player and I think we linked up well in the first half last Saturday. We played off each other pretty well and the longer we play together the partnership will only continue to become stronger."