BY Kyle Gunn 

ST MIRREN defender Lee Hodson admits tonight’s game against Motherwell is "massive".

Hodson, like gaffer Oran Kearney, is still to taste victory in Paisley but insists he and his teammates are good enough for the Scottish Premiership.

And five defeats in a row doesn’t change in opinion.

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He said: "It’s massive for us to try to get a win tonight and if we get the three points then we can climb the table if results go our way.

"After that it’s about trying to build momentum. I’m confident in myself and the team that we’re good enough to be in this league and things will start changing for us.

"Despite the losses we have, the lads are still full of confidence and still believe we can turn this around.

The Gazette:

Stephen McGinn during St Mirren's defeat to St Johnstone (photo: Allan Picken) 

"Personally, I don’t think we’ve been getting much luck with refereeing decisions at the moment; we should have had a clear penalty on Saturday, plus the goals against Kilmarnock.

"When you’re not getting much luck things tend to go against you,but hopefully that will turn."

Hodson also had his say on Saints' pursuit of ex-Rangers coach Jimmy Nicholl and insists it can only be a good thing.

He continued: "I know Jimmy very well and he’s a good character to have around the place, especially if the morale is a little bit down.

The Gazette:

Former Rangers caretaker manager Nicholl is reportedly on the verge of joining the backroom staff in Paisley 

"He tells you his stories that cheer people up, but he’s also got amazing experience and knowledge of the game.

"To have someone like Jimmy come in to add to the staff will help the lads a lot.

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"He’s bubbly and sometimes you need someone like that just to be around the players and keep their morale up when times are hard.”

Meanwhile Saints boss Oran Kearney has been given a boost by the return of Anton Ferdinand for tonight’s game.

He said: "Anton trained yesterday and today (Monday and Tuesday), so he’s feeling good."