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    Jim Goodwin after draw v. Raith Rovers 

    Saturday, January 27, 2018 5:27:40 PM

    Jim Goodwin after draw against Raith Rovers

    We go into every game looking to win them, but I am well aware of how good a side Raith Rovers are, I thought we defended really well all day, with the likes of Spence, Buchanan and Vaughan they have 30 odd league goals between them, so we did make a point of marshalling them properly then we would give ourselves an opportunity. Defensively, I thought we were excellent, as a group from big Kris Renton right back through the team - Neil Parry made a good save in the first half with a header but going forward I thought we just lacked a wee bit of creativity things were just not quite coming off, picking the wrong pass at the wrong time, decision making and sharpness at that area of the pitch wasn’t quite there, but at the same time we still had plenty of positives. We had Jordan Kirkpatrick who had their keeper making a great save in the first half, wee Kevin Cawley had a good chance, probably comes to him a little too quick for him at the end of the match with a header just to nick it but overall I think the draw was probably fair - I don’t remember Neil Parry or Aaron Lennox in their goal having too many saves to make, so a draw over the match was probably a fair result but we are never happy with a draw.

    The main thing was the fact we nullified their attack, it is hard to remember any clear cut chance they had, we know Greig Spence very well and we know the quality he possesses in the box, he is that type of boy who doesn’t look interested in the game and all of a sudden he comes alive in the box - so I thought Jamie McCart and Andy Graham were excellent against Buchanan & Spence today and Lewis Vaughan is a big player for them as well. Our back four were brilliant, Garry Fleming and Stevie Hetherington in the middle of the park, “Gaz” in particular was excellent he covered every blade of grass out there and made some important tackles in and around the box and stopped some really good counter attacks. If we could take the positives from the defensive side of our performances and in the coming weeks sharpen up a little bit at the top end we will be absolutely fine.

    The gap between ourselves and Raith Rovers and Ayr United at the moment is quite big and we would probably need these two to have a total collapse but we certainly will never throw the towel in, we have a couple of games in hand and we know if we win them, albeit not easy games against Airdrie and Arbroath, it will push us in the right area, we have to keep going and focus on our own job in hand and not concentrate on the table too much at this time, Stranraer are currently on a great run and they seem to be able to find the correct results at the moment but we know it will go right till the wire, we were in this position last year we know nothing is decided in January, we will focus on what we are doing and concentrate on the high standards we have set.

    Jim Goodwin



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