Scottish Football - We've been rewarded for attractive football - Goodwin

St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin believes their Scottish Communities League Cup success is just reward for the team's commitment to playing attractive football.

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Saints improved aesthetically but have not always gained consistent results after Danny Lennon brought in assistant Tommy Craig and changed his side's tactical philosophy in the summer of 2011, after beating Hamilton in a relegation battle in his first season in charge.

But the approach paid dividends in two 3-2 victories at Hampden as their positive attacking game saw them sweep aside Celtic in the semi-finals and then a Hearts team on Sunday who had stifled them early as they got the ball up to their physical strikeforce of John Sutton and Michael Ngoo.

Saints began dominating possession after Lennon moved Paul McGowan back to a deeper midfield position and the former Celtic player - who is in advanced talks over a new deal - showed the way St Mirren have been trying to play.

"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."

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