St Mirren 1-1 Hibs extras: Bad tackle on Jim Goodwin, defender back to his best, card-happy referee

The extras from Saturday’s 1-1 draw between St Mirren and Hibs in the cinch Premiership ...

Hibs interim boss David Gray (left) with St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin.
Hibs interim boss David Gray (left) with St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin.

Man of the match: In a game low on quality, partly due to the poor weather conditions, Darren McGregor shone. The 36-year-old centre-half has struggled this season, flitting in and out of the Hibs team, but he partnered Ryan Porteous at the SMISA Stadium and barely put a foot wrong all afternoon. He won nearly all of his aerial duels and looked the most secure of the Hibs backline.

Letdown: Kevin Nisbet’s performance as Hibs’ main striker. The Scotland internationalist missed a very good header from point-blank range in the first half. Such a display is infuriating because of the high standards he is capable of. Hibs need him to find his shooting boots on a consistent basis.

Turning point: St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin ordered more players forward with ten minutes to go and while it left them very exposed at the back, the gamble paid off with centre-half Joe Shaughnessy popping up with the equaliser.

Referee watch: Argh, Kevin Clancy! For such an experienced official, he did not need to book Alan Power so early on for a tackle that he deemed dangerous but the rest of us did not. That seventh-minute caution set the tone and he ended up dishing out eight cards in a match that was far from dirty.

Gave us a giggle: Midway through the second half, Nisbet tried to keep the ball in next to the St Mirren technical area, but succeeded only in wiping out Goodwin with a challenge that the Saints boss would have been proud of back in the day. Fortunately, Goodwin saw the funny side of it!

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