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Dec 21, 2019 at 3pm UK at McDiarmid Park
Attendance: 3,318
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St Mirren

Result: Jim Goodwin urges St Mirren to maintain momentum against Celtic

Result: Jim Goodwin urges St Mirren to maintain momentum against Celtic
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The Buddies claimed a valuable point against St Johnstone.

Jim Goodwin hopes St Mirren can continue to build momentum as they seek a route to top-flight safety.

The Buddies manager welcomed a valuable point against St Johnstone in Perth but admits games do not come much tougher than a Boxing Day clash with champions Celtic.

"We are in a good place at the moment," stressed Goodwin after fending off St Johnstone's attempt to overtake the Buddies and claim ninth position.

"Hopefully we can carry it on against Celtic and finish off against Kilmarnock. Celtic and Rangers are at a completely different level from the rest of us.

"We need them to take their eye off the ball, and that's just to get a point.

"But we enter every game to be positive.

"Every so often the 'big two' have a bad day. We just have to hope it is on Boxing Day. You never know."

A well-drilled St Mirren side battled for everything at McDiarmid Park and successfully snuffed out St Johnstone's danger men.

"Any time you are playing away from home a point is a good result," said Goodwin, who praised a vociferous 700-strong following.

"McDiarmid has always been a difficult venue to come to. I never had too many successes here as a player.

"We came to battle. We knew it wasn't going to be pretty. On balance it was probably a deserved point for both sets of players.

"This is the first time all season we have put together a run of results. Okay, it's only a win and a couple of draws, but it has been important because of the teams we have been playing."

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright was frustrated to miss out on three points.

But a third clean sheet in succession for a previously leaky defence offered consolation from the stalemate.

"They worked extremely hard and made it difficult for us at times," said Wright. "But we had the best chances and didn't take them. So a draw was probably a fair result.

"Too many players weren't as positive as they should on the ball. People will have better games. But we defended well.

"And that is three games unbeaten. When you have been in the position we were in, that is a positive."

Wright was bemused by some of referee John Beaton's decisions.

"A team with more fouls than us end up with less bookings. The less said about that the better."

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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