Esmael can shock it to 'em
Feb 8 2013
by Paul Behan, Paisley Daily Express
Saints star Lee Mair is hoping surprise package Esmael Goncalves can leave Aberdeen shell-shocked when the teams meet at Pittodrie tomorrow afternoon.
Goncalves is making quite a name for himself after bagging four goals in his first three appearances since joining the Buddies on loan from Rio Ave during the January transfer window.
And 32-year-old defender Mair reckons the fact the Dons won’t have faced the on-form hitman before can work to St Mirren’s advantage.
He is also tipping playmaker Paul McGowan – who missed St Mirren’s 4-1 SPL defeat at the hands of Aberdeen back in November, due to a shoulder injury – to produce the goods at Pittodrie.
Mair said: “We didn’t have these guys the last time we played Aberdeen and I’m sure they’ll be able to cause some problems for them this weekend.
“Isma has instantly won over the fans with the four goals he’s scored so far, while Paul is our lynchpin and he links our play extremely well.
“It’s great having him back in the side because he’s so important to how we play.”