St. Mirren skipper Stephen McGinn has been awarded as Ladbrokes Scottish Championship Player of the Month for January – and says league leaders Saints haven’t looked back since the 1-0 defeat to Dumbarton at the beginning of December.
The 29 year old returned to the Paisley side in January of last year and has dragged the club away from the relegation zone to a 14 point gap at the top of the division. McGinn believes the Queen of the South game on December 23 where the team came from two goals behind to win shows the character of the side.
“We had a really tough afternoon here against Dumbarton right at the start of December. Since then we have not looked back. We have really taken off and made it hard for the teams below us to really keep up with us. I’m delighted with the way that everything is going. The game that stands out for me of the recent run has been Queen of the South away. To be 2-0 down after five minutes at a really tough venue. It was almost the making of the run we have been on recently because you look at each other and say “right, who is willing to dig in here and pull out a result?” And the way we did that. I think after that you really start to believe in the people around you”, said McGinn.
The central midfielder is not looking too far ahead and knows how hard it still will be to get the club over the line but as long as the team keeps going the way they are success won’t be far away.
“You respect, I mean, that teams have got games in hand and you need to respect that you still have to play against each team in the league. You don’t want to dip. I have been in the game long enough to know that if you get stuck in a rut it is hard to get out of. We just need to try and avoid that and keep doing what we are doing. Keep being as clinical as we have been at the moment.”
The former Watford man joked about the fact that it was a lot more difficult look at the standings last campaign but says that the title is St. Mirren’s to lose
“It was lot harder to look at the league last year. Yeah definitely it’s hard to look at teams above you need a result. I always go back to the gamete won last year at Queen of the South and Ayr won at Dunfermline, and Raith had won at home. In situations like that it’s really tough. The chase is much harder than being chased. It is in our hands and we know it’s lovely to look at the table. We know if we win enough games we will be there at the end of the season, and we’ll get to enjoy looking at it for even longer.”