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Jim Goodwin: 'Seventh-place finish will help player recruitment'

Jim Goodwin: 'Seventh-place finish will help player recruitment'
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The Buddies secured their highest league finish since 1989 with a goalless draw against Dundee United.

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin was thrilled to finish top of the bottom six in the Scottish Premiership as they clinched seventh spot on the final day.

The Paisley outfit's goalless draw with Dundee United was enough to see them leapfrog above Motherwell on goal difference and secure their highest league finish since 1989.

The Buddies also secured their highest points tally, 45 points, since the inception of the SPFL.

St Mirren narrowly missed out on the top six in the closing moment of their final pre-split game but Goodwin, who also led the club to two semi-finals this season, was delighted with the way they finished their league campaign.

Goodwin said: "We have achieved a number of things we haven't done for decades.

"We have the youngest player to play in the Premiership, most points, highest league finish.

"We have had near misses but it's not the time to reflect in what we could have done.

"We know with Hearts coming up things will be tougher (next season) but we enjoy the underdog tag. There are positives to take and things to work on for next season.

"We had to reset our goals after missing out on top six and we wanted to be best of the rest and we have achieved that.

"Financially it means a lot for the club with the extra position in this time of real difficulty.

"The money will help bring in quality players and the infrastructure so it means a lot. I'm thrilled to be finishing seventh."

Dundee United were reduced to 10 men after 71 minutes when Jamie Robson was shown a straight red card by referee Euan Anderson for a rash challenge on substitute Kyle McAllister.

After a poor touch, Robson lunged in on McAllister and caught him on his shin.

However, Dundee United manager Micky Mellon was adamant the referee got it wrong as he defended Robson.

Mellon said: "I would never want my players to hurt a player intentionally, I would never want them to be reckless, and that tackle was none of them.

"The only thing he could be guilty of was a really poor first touch and then he's made a good honest challenge. Nobody here can tell me that wasn't an honest challenge for the ball and he's maybe mistimed it.

"The boy's got back up and we've all got on with it, let the teams play 11 v 11 and fight for seventh place.

"Jamie was terrific all day and I'm gutted for him because he played so well and a moment like that shouldn't decide how he leaves the game."

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Friday's key events

· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

· Lauren Price will be looking to add to Team GB's success in the ring when she takes on Nouchka Fontijn of Netherlands in the women's middleweight semi-final (6am)

· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
· The women's champions will be crowned as both Sweden and Canada aim to win Olympic gold for the very first time (1pm)

· The men's 5000m final includes Great Britain's Andrew Butchart, but most eyes will be on Ugandan world record holder Joshua Cheptegei (1pm)
· Team GB's Jodie Williams will hope to get on the podium in the women's 400m final, but defending champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo is favourite for gold while Stephenie Ann McPherson should challenge and Allyson Felix is bidding to become the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time (1.35pm)
· Netherlands' Sifan Hassan takes on leg two of her ambitious attempt at a Tokyo treble in a women's 1500m final which also includes Great Britain's Laura Muir and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya (1.50pm)
· A star-studded women's 4x100m relay final will see a Team GB quartet including Dina Asher-Smith look to upset defending champions USA and favourites Jamaica, who boast Elaine Thompson-Herah as she goes for her third gold of the Games (2.30pm)
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