St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin hails stylish display in League Cup triumph

Jim Goodwin with the Scottish League Cup

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St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin believes the team's positive play was a key factor in securing the Scottish Communities League Cup.

The Buddies won the competition for the first time with an exciting 3-2 victory over Hearts at Hampden.

While Danny Lennon's men have been pleasing on the eye for some time, they have also struggled to get out of the bottom six in the Scottish Premier League.

But with a semi-final victory over Celtic ahead of Sunday's win over the Jambos, Goodwin reckons the wait for glory has been worthwhile as St Mirren claimed their first cup triumph in 26 years.

"We have been rewarded," Goodwin said. "We have always tried to play good, attractive football.

"We have made mistakes in the past that cost us. We have lost the ball close to the goal and the opponents have gone through and scored.

"We have been criticised in the past for doing it, but we showed in the semi-final against Celtic that we are good enough to play that way.

"We have got players who only know that way. If we start going long ball, then we are doing them an injustice.

"We train the way we play and I'm just delighted now that the boys have been rewarded."