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Colin Paterson

Curtis Main happy to play through pain barrier to help lift St Mirren up Premiership table

Curtis Main insists he had no issues climbing off the treatment table to help lift injury-hit St Mirren up the Premiership standings.

The Buddies striker was a huge doubt for Saturday’s showdown at home to Ross County with a hamstring problem.

But the 30-year-old put himself through a rigorous fitness test hours before kick-off – and declared himself ready to go.

Main went on to play the full 90 minutes plus injury time as Declan Gallagher’s first-half header sealed a 1-0 triumph.

Saints leapfrogged Livingston into fifth spot as they chase a dream top-six finish. And hitman Main was adamant he could make a difference while alleviating boss Stephen Robinson’s selection headache by reporting for duty.

He said: “I had been very doubtful for this one because I felt something in my hamstring after the Motherwell game on Wednesday night.

“It’s one of those things where it’s a risk to play through it but I came in on Saturday morning to do fitness tests, putting myself through what I’d likely be going through in the game, and I was quite happy with how I was feeling at the end of it.

“That was enough to convince me I could get through it and, 90 minutes later, here we are.

“Our squad’s a bit light at the moment, do you know what I mean? Even if other players had been fit, the way I felt on Saturday morning I was convinced I could still make a contribution, even though I wasn’t 100 per cent.

“I managed to do that and we picked up a massive three points so, all in all, it was a positive day.

“We weren’t sure how it was going to turn out but, thankfully, I was right to play. I’d been a bit concerned on Wednesday night and on Friday but it didn’t hold me back too much.”

Main isn’t getting carried away with Saints’ lofty status as they gear up for a trip to Perth to face rejuvenated St Johnstone.

He added: “It changes every week. The big thing in this league is consistency; if anyone could put a run together they would cement their place in the top six.

“Obviously, that’s something we’re trying to do. There’s no midweek game so we have a free run at preparing for our away game against St Johnstone on Saturday.

“Hopefully, we can get a few bodies back from the treatment room for that one to make the squad a bit stronger.”

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