|St Mirren's Gavin Reilly admits Saturday's away game to Dumbarton will be tough. The striker and his teammates travel to The Your Radio 103FM Stadium this weekend hoping to continue their good run of form that has seen them move six points clear of Dundee United at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. Reilly, who scored his 20th goal of the season in the 1-0 win over Inverness at the weekend, knows that playing Dumbarton is always difficult. However, he's confident the Buddies will be up for the challenge.
Reilly said: "We have beaten them before there and I think that was the first time St Mirren had beaten them there in so many years. It's a hard place to go, especially when it's windy because it is one of the windiest places ever. But we'll go into the game fresh and will be back to our normal week after a busy Christmas schedule. We'll come in, we'll train well this week and look forward to Saturday."
St Mirren are on a good little run and are unbeaten in their last six league games with five wins to their name, since losing, ironically, 1-0 to Dumbarton at the Paisley 2021 Stadium at the start of December. Reilly believes that recent form shows the side have grown as a unit since the defeat by The Sons. He said: "I think the game we lost against Dumbarton was another week where we had three games in the one week. It shows that we have grown, we've matured and become more resilient to then go three games in a week again and take seven points from nine. We are getting stronger, we are getting better every week so we just need to keep going and keep chalking off the games as they come."
Reilly scored his 10th goal in St Mirren's famous black and white in the last trip to Dumbarton back in October. His first half winner against Inverness on Saturday took his tally for the season so far to 20. He admitted he is delighted with that milestone reached and, with 15 league games still to go, he is focused on adding to that total. Reilly said: "That's 20 goals in January I'm absolutely over the moon about that. There's still a long way to go this season so I'm just aiming to keep going into every game and hopefully scoring more. I'm delighted but it's more important for another three points on the board. With United getting beaten it’s another massive step forward for us."
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