We asked A View From the Terrace's Craig Fowler to give us his three key players from each of the weekend's Betfred Cup semi-finalists, today were looking at St. Mirren...
Whether it's the recent signing from Kilmarnock, Jonathan Obika or Lee Erwin, whoever starts for St Mirren at the point of attack has a key job on their hands. Not only are they expected to carry a significant goal threat, they'll also have to play well with their back to the keeper, bringing Jim Goodwin's side up the park and supporting team-mates into play. Brophy, as the club's marquee January signing, will likely get the nod. Despite his diminutive stature, he's a role he can perform thanks to his scrappy nature and a low centre of gravity.
The Irish midfielder has emerged as the Buddies' leading playmaker this campaign, netting six goals from midfielder and ensuring his side always have a legitimate threat from set-pieces. The 24-year-old is also adept at setting the tempo of the game with a strong range of passing and will be someone Livingston will likely pay very close attention to as they seek to shut him down.
The centre-back returned to Scottish football in the summer and rediscovered the kind of form which once made him a premier defender in this division during his time with St Johnstone. The St Mirren defence is very strong in general. Shaughnessy, as its leader, will have to marshall the troops and play to his dominant best to snuff out the threat from Livingston's attack.
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