A FRUSTRATED Jim Goodwin must have been cursing himself on the touchline as he watched on as his St Mirren side drew another blank at home to Hearts, writes Kyle Gunn

Saints have scored just three goals in seven Premiership games so far this season and none by a recognised striker.

But, Goodwin, who knows finding the back of the net on a regular basis is the final part of his Buddies jigsaw, wants others in the side to take on scoring responsibility. 


He said: "I can’t just point the finger at the strikers for not scoring goals. We’ve had plenty of corners and plenty of wide free-kicks.

"We spend time in training working on them and we need to take advantage of them when they come along. So the guys at the back are just as responsible for scoring goals as well as the boys at the top end of the pitch.

"But, from a striker’s point of view, people will ask how many goals you’ve scored. That’s what they will inevitably be judged on.

"We’ll keep going, keep working hard and hopefully things will change.

"I just felt that there were times when we weren’t quite in the right place a the right time. One of these days we’ll get a tap-in." 

At the other end of the pitch, Vaclav Hladky picked up his second clean sheet in a row, and his third in four home league games.

The Paisley outfit boast the best defensive record in the top division outside Celtic and Rangers, having only conceded six goals to date.

Goodwin continued: "Vaclav is a top keeper and I’ve spoken highly of him. He made a couple of really good saves.

"Clean sheets are a big thing and they were something we spoke about in pre-season.

"The most successful teams in world football aren’t always the ones who score the most amount of goals, but the ones who concede the least amount.

"We need to start being more clinical. But, if we keep doing what we’re doing defensively, we’ll get there at the other end."