Stephen Robinson sees more still to come from high-flying St Mirren

St Mirren took their unbeaten run in the league to six games with a 1-0 victory over Hearts.

Stephen Robinson sees more still to come from high-flying St Mirren SNS Group

Stephen Robinson believes there is still room for improvement despite his side’s fantastic start to their cinch Premiership campaign.

St Mirren took their unbeaten run in the league to six games with a 1-0 victory over Hearts, keeping the Buddies second in the table – just two points behind leaders Celtic.

Ryan Strain blasted home the only goal of the game after seven minutes, though the Saints would see three further goals ruled out during the remainder of an impressive performance.

“I believe there’s things that we can still improve on, our game management at times can be improved and we obviously would like to take more chances than we are,” Robinson said.

“If we keep creating chances and show that resilience, then there’s no reason why we can’t continue.

“Nothing is ever perfect, but so far, so good – we’ve got a group of boys that will continue to try to improve and continue to try take the club forward.”

The St Mirren gaffer was particularly pleased with the display of Olutoysi Olusanya, who put in a tireless shift before being replaced by Mikael Mandron on the hour mark.

Olusanya had an underwhelming loan stint with Arbroath last season, though has impressed on his return to the Buddies.

“It was a harsh conversation, he didn’t perform to the levels that we knew he could do at Arbroath,” Robinson added.

“He didn’t work hard enough, it’s as simple as that. I sat him down and told him what he needed to do.

“Full credit to the boy, he’s listened, he’s taken it on board and he’s such a lovely boy – he’s a super, super boy and if he adds goals to his game, which he will do if he keeps getting chances, then he’s a terrific asset for us.”

Steven Naismith believes the next week presents an ideal chance for Hearts to bounce back from the disappointing defeat.

The Jambos suffered more misery on the road after a defensive lapse led to Strain’s opener but have a chance to make amends when they travel to face Kilmarnock in the Viaplay Cup, followed by a league trip to Ross County.

“It’s a good week because you’ve got the chance to get into a semi-final and then we’ll have another tough game,” Naismith said.

“In some respects I’m pleased the two games are away from home and that we can rectify the things I’ve been talking about straight away – try start these games quicker, try to have more control and be more clinical when we get our chances.”

Hearts made a slow start to proceedings at the SMISA Stadium and conceded with the first meaningful attack of the game.

Since taking over at Tynecastle, Naismith has only managed one victory from six away league fixtures.

“It is something that has been there for a while,” he added.

“I think we’ve shown in the games especially at home, the game against Aberdeen last week, the game was tentative for the first 5-10 minutes but after that we were comfortable and we started to dictate the tempo and got a good goal.

“We need to do that consistently game in, game out.”

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