Cammy MacPherson netted his first goal for St Mirren at the weekend but while the youngster relished the strike, he did not get the three points he desired to go with it.

A goal in each half game Aberdeen the win on Saturday afternoon in freezing conditions, a defeat that pins Oran Kearney’s side to the foot of the table.

“It’s a hard one to take because it was quite an even game but obviously we’ve been done by the set piece,” said the 20-year-old. “All we can do is move on and look forward to putting it right next week.

“The goal felt brilliant, you could see that in my celebration. It’s my second senior goal, I scored when I went on loan to Stranraer earlier this year.

“I was only six or seven yards out so it was just a case of hitting it as hard as I could.”

The youngster has not been involved before in a relegation scrap, something that might inoculate him from some of the pressures that go with it.

St Mirren did not fare badly against Aberdeen on Saturday afternoon and there was very little between the times but there will come a time when points are badly needed to ease their predicament.

“I don’t feel any more pressure because I try to treat it like a normal game,” said MacPherson. “Simple as that.

“Obviously it’s not great not getting points when we think we should be getting more to show for it but you’ve just got to keep going and hope it will change.

“You just have to keep playing the game and not the occasion. If you treat it the same then you’re not building it up too much.

“I’m sure the time will come when that changes and the need for points becomes more desperate. I’ve obviously not been involved in it before, but I’m sure there will be a time when the pressure is higher.”

And despite being stuck at the bottom of the table along with Dundee, MacPherson has maintained that the camaraderie within the Saints dressing room is still good.

“All the senior players have been a help to me since I came up to the first team dressing room,” he said.

“It’s a good atmosphere in there and confidence is still high because it’s not as if we’re getting beaten by three or four goals every week. We are putting in good performances but just not getting the luck at the moment.

“Hopefully that will change in the coming weeks.

“I want to repay the manager for giving me a new contract so I’m just going to keep working hard and see what happens.”

Meanwhile, St Mirren manager Kearney has insisted that he is still confident that he can steer St Mirren away from the relegation more and instil some consistency in the performances of the Paisley side.

It will be interesting to see what business might be done in the January transfer window given that Kearney inherited the current squad that he is working with.

“There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes,” said the Irishman.

"I thought our performance was a lot better and a marked improvement from last week.

"We had the game in a place where we wanted it after 60 minutes and things were starting to get edgy, so just disappointed to concede at that time and let them off the hook.

"The big concern for me is still the sporadic nature of the performances. The second half at Livingston last week was embarrassing, yet we hit a performance like that today where we got at it strongly.

"We have nine points to play for before January, and those nine points are massive."