BY KYLE GUNN

St Mirren defender Paul McGinn knows first hand the agonising feeling that a play-off defeat can bring and is adamant he will do everything in his power to ensure he doesn't have to go through it again with the Saints. 

McGinn was part of the Partick Thistle side who dragged themselves away from automatic relegation last season before being beaten by Livingston in the two-legged affair. 
And the right-back, who is set to line-up against Livi this afternoon at the Tony Macaroni Arena, is adamant he doesn’t want to go back down that road again anytime soon. 
He said: “Trust me I’d rather have the longer holiday than the stress of the play-offs. As long as when the season is done we’re sitting still in the Premiership then I’ll take it.

“I don’t know if it can still be deemed a success because you’re still in the relegation play-offs. I think everyone had us written off completely but are starting to think we’re in a game now. I suppose there is an element to success with that but until we stay up nothing is a success.”

The 28-year-old simply doesn’t care that others have written Saints off this season, insisting that has never been the feeling among the players.

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The Gazette: McGinn hoping for more of the same after playing his part in St Mirren's 1-0 win over Livingston back in MarchMcGinn hoping for more of the same after playing his part in St Mirren's 1-0 win over Livingston back in March

Three points against Livingston this afternoon would help that cause massively. And McGinn believes that avoiding a nervy play-off is still well within their grasp. 

He continued: ”It’s massive because if the fans are on your back then it’s much harder to play and really hard to play in front of teams. I think you see that all over Britain that good teams struggle in front of their crowd because they’re on top of them but it’s never been the case here. 

"It’s a bit different because I’ve been in St Mirren teams years ago when they weren’t always like that so I don’t know if it’s the success of the last few years that has brought it back. Hopefully they can stay behind us.

“We were the better team against Hamilton. It could have been a win but it’s gone now and we just need to hope that it we continue playing the same way that we can get the results we need. We’re all against each other and ideally we get the better of them."

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Livingston v St Mirren at the Tony Macaroni Arena kicks-offs at 3pm this afternoon.