Alexander expects tough start
St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin returns from suspension for the
home Scottish Premier League clash with St Johnstone on
The midfielder missed the Scottish Cup fourth round win over
Brechin City last week but will come back in for the visit of the
Striker Steven Thompson is also back in the squad after
recovering from a hip injury.
Dave Mackay begins a two-match ban for St Johnstone but fellow
defender Frazer Wright is free to play before a one-game SPL
suspension kicks in.
Kevin Moon, Peter Pawlett, Callum Davidson and Paddy Cregg are
all available after injury.
But David McCracken, Craig Beattie, Jamie Adams and David
Robertson are all injured.
Former Scotland international Alexander was unveiled as Micky
Mellon’s successor on Thursday, five days after an FA Cup defeat to
Aldershot cost the latter man his job.
The Cod Army lie seventh in the League Two table, two points shy
of fellow play-off occupants Southend, but have won only one of
their last six league games – a period in which Paul Sturrock’s
side are unbeaten with four wins and two draws.
“You’ve just got to put out a team with the right ideas and the
right competitive edge to hopefully get a result for the club,”
said Alexander when acknowledging the limited preparation time at
“That’s all we’ll be looking for on Saturday. It’s going to be a
“I’ve obviously done my homework on Southend and they’re a team
on a good run at the moment with a really experienced manager.”