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    Jim Goodwin after deat v. Ayr Utd 

    Saturday, September 22, 2018 3:43:22 PM

    Jim Goodwin after home defeat to Ayr United

    I didn’t think there was a great deal in the game in the first half, both teams playing end to end, both teams had half chances nothing great and then Lawrence Shankland does want he does and pops up with a goal, it was a decent ball into the box we could have defended better, there is no point marking space in situations like that, you need to mark the man who undoubtedly was the one likely to score a goal. He was the difference today, there was no doubt about it, he is to Ayr United what Stephen Dobbie is to Queen of the South, two players who shouldn’t really be playing at this level, if I’m being honest I think they are in a bit of a comfort zone by playing at this level, they are Premier League strikers, they certainly should be playing in the Premier League as far as I am concerned and you can see that in the fact they can score two or three goals each week, that was the difference, he turned half chances into goals and that’s what separated the teams today.

    It is concerning we are not scoring enough goals, up until today we were unbeaten in five games, defending really well and again today barring the last fifteen minutes of the game I thought we defended really well, that said in the last fifteen minutes we were two goals down and trying to have a go at them to see if we could get some way back into the game. We have got really good players in the forward areas of the pitch, some exciting young talent and for whatever reason at the moment we have just not been taking these opportunities when they come along, we just need to be a bit more clinical. Connor Shields did well, Liam Burt came on and made a wee difference as well, Alan Trouten is a terrific player and we brought him to the club to be that playmaker but I felt today the way the game was going, particularly in the first half, Ayr United were dropping deep with two banks of four, denying Alan any space, that’s why we made that change at half-time and I know Trout’s will be disappointed but we made it for the right reasons and I asked Connor to go and try and stretch the game and get in behind and we still didn’t do it enough if I’m honest in the second half.

    All that said, take nothing away from Ayr United they are a very good team, they go top of the league tonight after today’s results and I’m not being disrespectful of the rest of their players because I said the difference was Lawrence Shankland, they have good players in their team but at that top end of the pitch that’s where games are won and lost, and he was the difference today.

    Jim Goodwin

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