ST MIRREN manager Stephen Robinson says that a point was the least his side deserved from a hard-fought encounter at Tannadice, despite Dundee United anger at the penalty award that led to the Saints drawing level on the day.

United manager Jim Goodwin felt that Saints forward Curtis Main had gone down under no contact from his defender Loick Ayina, but with St Mirren also having a goal disallowed due to a marginal offside call and dominating stretches of the game, Robinson felt that there could be no argument about a share of the spoils.

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“We don’t have an analyst and don’t get the opportunity to see it back,” Robinson said.

“I was 50 yards away so it’s very difficult to comment. I know we don’t get many so I very, very pleased.

“It’s fine margins in football but anyone who says we didn’t deserve a point today…I’m not too sure. “We deserved at least a point and should have gone on to win the game.”

Robinson was disappointed at another slow start from his team, and warned them that recent trend can’t be allowed to continue if they are to make the top six.

“Every game is a big game,” he said.

“We need to start better. The message wasn’t to start slow! The message was to turn them round, play in their half of the pitch, they’re a team fighting for their lives.

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“We just didn’t do that. We didn’t land on second balls and it took the jolt of the goal to liven us up.

“I’ve nothing but praise for these players. They are fantastic boys. To be in this position at this stage after what has gone on at this club this year is nothing but credit to these players.

“We just didn’t start well enough. It was very similar to the Motherwell game unfortunately.

“But the reaction after that, credit to the players. It is difficult because you just turn over Dundee United, St Mirren can’t do that.

“But our reaction after we went 1-0 down, I thought we had numerous chances which we didn’t take.

“We were brave and kept pressing high up the pitch. We got our rewards with the penalty but had another goal disallowed, which was disappointing.”