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    Jim Goodwin after defeat to Dunfermline 

    09 March 2019 18:00:22

    Jim Goodwin after home defeat against Dunfermline

    Very disappointed, I thought it was a terrible game of football, conditions didn’t help it was windy, pitch was very sticky, both teams were very wasteful in possession, it was a kind of game which had 0-0 written all over it, neither goalkeeper has had much to do, I can’t remember Neil Parry having a save to make, a couple which were straight forward and Ryan Scully has had nothing to do either.

    Disappointed, I would have been delighted to have taken a draw from the game a 0-0 and just move on because it wasn’t a great game of football whatsoever. I would like to see the penalty incident back early in the game, Dario says there was definite contact on his back, a push in the box it is a penalty but we always don’t seem to get these type of decisions unfortunately, so I will watch it back and see but it doesn’t matter at this time, it would have been nice though if we had been given it and try to get our noses in front but I just thought it was a poor game of football. Dunfermline are on a great run of form, five wins, five clean sheets, I thought our two centre half’s marshalled Bruce Anderson very well for the majority of the game apart from the goal and that’s what all good strikers do, they don’t do a great deal during the game and pop up at the key moments and I thought he took his goal particularly well, albeit we need to defend it a whole lot better, we end up with an overload on the right side and two versus one, we don’t do enough to stop the cross then and I think when the ball comes into the box we need to deal with it better, simple as that. However we didn’t do enough going the other way either.

    I brought Jack Hamilton in for a bit more presence, he came on down at Dumfries against Queen of the South and did very well, I know Ashcroft and Devine are two good physical centre halves and I though Jack would give us more of an outlet there aerially and physically than what Dario does, knowing Dario has always done well for us on that left hand wing, we just tried to mix it up and see what happens. Jack Hamilton did fine but on the hour mark he is only 18 and would struggle to last the game so it was always my intention to make a change at that time.

    It was a bad game of football, it is as bad as we have played all season, it is games like that you just have to grind out a result, I would have taken a point and move on but unfortunately we got done losing a really poor goal.

    There is nine games left and in recent weeks we have had luck with results going our way, there are always going to be times we lose and the teams around us win and that’s just the way it is, I was at the Falkirk game last night and they did great to beat Ayr United and Partick Thistle get a last minute winner today but we have had our moments scoring last minute winners, it happens, we just have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and go again next week against Morton, I think there are teams now getting dragged into it like Morton and Queen of the South, they will be looking over their shoulders, it is not only ourselves Partick and Falkirk which are in it there is other clubs as well, there is still a lot of football to be played. We can’t get too down about the result, I thought we could possibly could have nicked a draw, we certainly didn’t do enough to win it so we will just have to go again next week.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after victory at Dumfries 

    24 February 2019 09:02:05

    Jim Goodwin after victory at Dumfries

    If there was ever a game of two halves you have just seen it there, I thought we were the better team in the first half and deserved the goal lead at half-time but full credit must go to Gary Naysmith because he changed the shape and had us penned back for the majority of the second half and it was very much backs to the wall, I must give great credit to our back four and goalkeeper for managing to avoid a second goal and we just stayed in the game and to be honest with you with five minutes to go I would have been delighted with a point but Jordan Kirkpatrick pops up with a massive goal from our point of view and he does what you hope all substitutes do and makes a positive impact on the game, “Kirky” has been one who has been unlucky to be out of the side, he has been very disappointed not to be in the starting eleven but his attitude is spot on and he goes on today and manages to score the winner.

    The first goal from a set play which we spoke about prior to the game having worked on one or two during the week but that ball was supposed to go round the back, but big Andy managed to get a great finish so we are delighted with that one, we had good presence in the box and good delivery so it is important we take advantage of that.

    Today was more about the resilience and togetherness of the group, when Queen of the South equalised it would have been very easy for us who have been on a very poor run of form to capitulate but it just shows you the strength of the group and the mindset and characters we have, huge just to keep going until the last kick of the ball.

    As always everybody had written us off with losing our last four league games but it was only four weeks ago everybody was talking us up being the form team in the league and hadn’t been beaten in six, we have had a wee dip in form but that lets us jump a couple of places up to eighth so maybe it is Partick and Falkirk’s turn to catch us up.

    We probably didn’t deserve to win the game, I think I am quite honest in how I assess the games and I am not going to come in here and say we toughly deserved the three points because we didn’t. I thought Queen of the South were the better team but we have played really well on occasions this season and got nothing so today was our turn for being on the other end of it, where we played poorly in the second half and managed to go away with three points. I feel for Gary and his backroom staff and players because I thought they were excellent in the second half, but credit goes to my keeper and back four because they managed Dykes and Dobbie today., because for me they are the best partnership in the division, so it was good to keep them quiet and stop them scoring.

    The result today was massive, it puts a stop to the rot and we can now start looking up again. It is amazing how tight the league is and how entertaining it is as well every team can beat each other there is nobody adrift a the top or the bottom and keeps it entertaining from a fans perspective, we are delighted with ten games to go we are still in it which is massive for me and the club because everybody had written us off before a ball was kicked.

    Hopefully that has been our dip in form and we can now start putting a run together like we did six weeks ago.

    Jim Goodwin

     

    Jim Goodwin after defeat to Partick 

    16 February 2019 19:56:36

    Jim Goodwin after defeat against Partick Thistle

    We were looking forward to the game but the game plan went out of the window after losing a goal in only three minutes, we were then chasing the game from then on. I have spoken enough about the cheap goals we are giving away, I don’t think in our last four league games the opposition hasn’t had to do a great deal to score and that’s the disappointing thing for me because it is the same group of players, the tactics are the same as they were in the first half of the season but for whatever reason we are just giving sloppy goals away. The first goal was a poor goal, we have to defend the cross better when it comes into the box and the second goal as well is poor defending. I would love to be able to give the opposition credit in terms of that they had cut us open or the played some great football there, or it was a fantastic free kick but lately I haven’t been able to say that. And that is because our defending at times has just been so poor and that puts us on the back foot and straight away you are chasing the game. Partick then could afford to come off the game, like they did, I think they started to run the clock down from about the fifth minute of the game it was incredible.

    It was very frustrating from the side lines you want to try and get a little tempo and get some urgency in the game, but it is very difficult when they are taking half minute each time to get the ball in play every time the ball went out. It was a frustrating afternoon but we just need to pick ourselves up again it is as simple as that. We need to stop giving ourselves a mountain to climb each week, it would be great to get our noses in front and see how the opposition react and then maybe we could take or feet of the gas and let the clock run down,.

    We are very disappointed we have now lost our last four league matches but at the same time I have said to the players that we are only seven points adrift of fifth, the league is really tightening up. This time last year it must have been very difficult for Brechin City when you consider they were only sitting on three or four  points, and they were relegated and it was a formality where as from our open point of view we are still in it, we have a lot to play for and it is really important we don’t get too down on ourselves, we have put ourselves in a really good position, unfortunately we are currently on a bit of a bad run but four games prior to this run we had gone six games unbeaten.

    We are a good team I believe in the players , I think we actually played well today and I believe we played some good football at times today, possession stats are great but at the end of the day what matters is who scores more goals than the other team. Next week we need to look to bounce back in what will be another difficult game against Queen of the South at Dumfries. But we need to get back to winning ways.

     

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after derby defeat 

    09 February 2019 15:14:01

    Jim Goodwin after derby defeat against Falkirk

    I don’t want to sound like a broken record but recently I have been saying how we are gifting teams goals which is completely out of character for us as a team. We now just have to pick ourselves up again, in the first half I thought we played really well, conceded a poor goal then came back to score a decent goal ourselves which took us in level at half-time. Then it was a carbon copy of last week, where we get it back to 1-1 at half-time and we were looking to take the game to Falkirk and then concede a goal within the opening two minutes. A really poor defensive goal with a catalogue of errors, we should have put the ball out of play in the far side, we then had two miss timed headers, its just unfortunate but that is the way it is and Falkirk are the kind of team once they get their noses in front they are a very hard team to break down, and they managed the game very well in the second half in fairness to them but they did get ten men back behind the ball and made life very difficult for us and unfortunately we just couldn’t find that key pass to break them down.

    I have no concerns on how we are playing in terms of possession wise, that’s the way we play, I said that to the players on Tuesday evening as it is coming into the time in the season when it is all about results, but I still want us to try and play good football and gain results that way, I’m not going to ask them to play a style of football that is not how we train and put ten men behind the ball and just hang on, that’s not the way we have done it up until now and it is certainly not how we are going to be playing in the next twelve games. We will continue to play the way we play and hopefully luck will change and we will stop making the individual errors which we are making just now and one result can make a big difference and we will have another massive game next Saturday against Partick Thistle and hopefully get back to winning ways.

    I have just said to the players there is no point dwelling on today’s result , we will work hard in training, and we will look back at the video analysis and try and cut out the mistakes because at this moment in time we are needing to score three goals to win a game and that is not realistic.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after Ayr Utd home defeat 

    02 February 2019 17:43:05

    Jim Goodwin after home defeat to Ayr United

    Yes it is fair to say we are disappointed at the result, it won’t be any surprise to anyone when they read the paper and see the score line and it probably flatters Ayr a wee bit, it makes it look a little more comfortable than it actually was but it is that old cliché goals change games.

    I was looking forward to the second half, I felt the draw at half-time was fair - they scored a decent goal and we scored a decent goal but the penalty was a sore one. I think we should have dealt with it better, the header should have just went back up the park, it was a stonewall penalty I would not argue with it. Then at 2-1 down we kept going kept trying to get back into the game, we know Ayr United are a very dangerous side on the counter attack and we worked on that during the week, their keeper but a great save tipping an effort onto the bar at 2-1 so there was fine margins but the third goal was amateurish.

    It was late on in the game, it was a poor decision, we should have just tried to put the ball out of the park but we tried to play our way out of trouble and it ends up being a tap in for Michael Moffat. Three - one looks like a comfortable afternoon for Ayr United but I think anyone here would have recognised there wasn’t a great deal between the two teams.

    Both Falkirk and Partick Thistle have been busy in the January transfer window and both have strengthened, I think between then they must have signed about twenty players, so yes they have had their cheque books out both of them and both of the teams desperate to stay in the league, but we always knew that was going to be the case, we knew once the window was opened the teams around us would strengthen and get better, our last two games have been against Ross County and Ayr United, Ross County are in first place in the Championship with Ayr United  in second as I said we are not expected to beat those teams but we always believe we can but unfortunately on this occasion that has not been the case, we haven’t surprised anyone with our results and we have three games coming - 9th February v. Falkirk (H), 16th February v. Partick Thistle (H) and 23rd February v. Queen of the South (A) which will be three massive games for us and hopefully we can get back to winning ways next week against Falkirk.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after end unbeaten run 

    27 January 2019 11:26:04

    Jim Goodwin after defeat to league leaders Ross County

    Goals change games, it’s as simple as that, but the players deserve credit for the unbeaten run they have been on in the league. We were very much in the game at 1-0 but when the second goal went in just after the hour mark it gave us a mountain to climb.

    Ross County, in my option are the best team in the league with fantastic strength in depth, however we are still very disappointed to lose we knew it would be a difficult place to go, we were on a great run of form going into the game, unbeaten in our last six games in the league and we have another tough match coming up next week against Ian McCall’s Ayr United side, but hopefully we can start another unbeaten run from next Saturday.

    We are not getting ahead of ourselves our main goal this season has always been to try and stay in the Championship and I am conscious Falkirk and Partick Thistle both picked up points and closed the gap on us ever so slightly but we just have to focus on the job in hand and not get too carried away in how well we have been doing, we played really well today against a very good Ross County team, we have been on a good run of form, the players are confident and they have proven to everyone that they are more than capable of handling the level that we are at.

    The pleasing thing for me is the manner in which we have done so well, we did not come up to Dingwall today and tried to park the bus by sticking eleven men behind the ball and try to grind out a 1-0 victory. Already I have had compliments on how we played the game, we actually went and had a go at Ross County and speaking to their manager he said we are one of the few sides who have tried to do that. I’ve got a really good bunch of players and if we can go and finish of the job after the next 14 league matches and stay in the league that will be great, it will certainly be interesting if we can get a couple of more wins and put pressure on the teams above us.

    There are no easy games in this division, it is so competitive, on any day, any team in our league are capable of beating each other. I’m just really proud of our players to be honest from our own point of view. Everybody had written us off before a ball was kicked and every predication which came up in the summer we were placed bottom of the league, obviously Brechin City the previous season only managed four points all season, we are already sitting on twenty three points with fourteen games to go and I firmly believe I have the confidence in the players that we have at the club that we can do what we set out to do and that is to stay in this league at the end of this season.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after cup exit 

    19 January 2019 17:17:36

    Jim Goodwin after cup exit at Paisley

    I’m feeling gutted after that, I thought the boys were excellent in the first half, everything went as planned on what we had worked on and I couldn’t have been any happier at half-time. The second half I think I’ve tried to be too clever at half-time, I tried to change our tactics a wee bit, we knew St. Mirren would commit a lot of bodies forward and I felt we could hit them on the counter attack. It didn’t work out as we had hoped, I’ve enjoyed a lot of good plaudits in the last two or three months but today I need to take responsibility for that in the second half.

    Goals change games obviously but in hindsight I look at it now and think just keep doing what you are doing, I tried to be too clever at half-time, I knew they would commit bodies forward they were as well losing 5-0 as 2-0, but we needed to be a bit more patient on the ball and invited them out we might have exploited the space in behind with Kevin, Connor & Dario but it didn’t pan out as I had hoped.

    The boys are a great bunch anything I ask them to do they do it and I had said to them before the game let’s not come here and not give a good account of ourselves and I think they done that in the first half, we deserved to be in front, we worked their keeper quite a bit in the first half and everything went according to plan. As I said I have enjoyed some good press recently and the players did what I asked them to do at half-time unfortunately it hasn’t worked and I have to take responsibility as manager.

    Yes there was an error for their first goal getting back into the game but Neil Parry is one of the best keepers outside the Premier League I think, it was just one of them moments, he had not had a lot to do probably just a wee lapse of concentration and St. Mirren were the first players to react and that allowed St. Mirren to get their noses up a wee bit, but we could do a lot better with the goals we lost. We knew Kyle McAllister would like to come inside on his left foot, he plays a great ball to McGinn leaving a tap in and the winning goal, again we need to force him down the outside but it was a great strike from Kyle, so full credit to St. Mirren for not throwing the towel in and I have no doubt Oran will be very proud of his players but it will take me a few days to get over this result for sure.

    You have to learn but it is an expensive one and a costly one, I’ve been quite lucky up till now in terms of the majority of the decisions I have made, they have been the right ones and good ones - but in my head at half-time I just felt that St. Mirren would commit a number of bodies forward, which they did, I just think we didn’t hit them well enough on the break, I don’t think we put enough passes together and we were probably a little complacent in possession but it goes back to the message I gave the players and the message I gave to the players at half-time was the wrong one, so I am disappointed in myself for that.

    Jim Goodwin

     

    Jim Goodwin looking up 

    12 January 2019 18:14:09

    Jim Goodwin after home victory over Morton

    Delighted to get the win but I was really frustrated in the first half, I felt that Morton had one shot at goal and it ended with the ball in the back of our net, it was a scrappy goal, we didn’t compete well enough at the second ball, Chris Millar hits it well enough but I think we should have been doing better at it. So we went in at half-time very frustrated, we made a couple of tweaks to the formation and went with two up top instead of just one with Dario and played a diamond in the middle of the park and it worked well, and to the extent we spent 90% of the second half in Morton’s half of the pitch and we got our rewards.

    We got the penalty obviously, Alan Trouten did brilliantly, the timing of his run, drawing the keeper and is brought down. The second goal is really fortuitous, I felt sorry for the kid, Kerr Waddell, I’ve scored plenty of own goals in my career so I know what it feels like, he obviously took his eye of the ball and sliced it into the back of the net, but we will take it no matter how it comes because I think on the whole balance of the play we deserved it to be honest and I think we should have had a stonewall penalty right on half-time as well, when Alan Trouten got completely wiped out by their goalkeeper, so justice from my point of view and I am really pleased for the players.

    I was really angry at half-time and it’s the first time I have been for a long time, I am sick of giving teams a goal of a start and that’s been from the start of the season we have had to fight really hard to get any points on the board and that’s why I think we have had so many draws because we have had to come back into games which we should have won. Today I’m not going to  be too hard on the boys but next week I would like us to try and get our noses in front against St. Mirren and see how that feels.

    The game at Firhill today was a massive game for both clubs and I said to the players a wee while ago let’s not worry about Partick Thistle and Falkirk, let’s just focus on ourselves and take it game by game and let’s start looking up the way, We are now only one point behind Dunfermline Athletic tonight, five behind Morton and seven points outside the Play-Offs, it would be absolute carnage if we managed to sneak into the Play-Offs, what would they do to try and stop us then! All joking aside we are just fully focused on our job which is to remain in the Championship this time next year, that is our main goal which has been since the start of the season and that still remains the case. We are not getting carried away, I said to the players to enjoy it, it was a fantastic comeback but we will come back fully focused again next week because we want to get into the next round of this season’s William Hill Scottish Cup, a great competition and we look forward to it, it’s a freebie for us St. Mirren will be massive favourites but again I fancy ourselves going there and I believe in the players and I think if we get things right on the day we can cause one of the upsets in the next round.

    Six games undefeated I was conscious of the Ladbrokes Manager of the Month Award curse, people did speak about that but I am not a superstitious person, even at 1-0 down, I never really got to down because I have absolute faith in the boys, I still expected us to score, Alan Trouten now 15 goals for the season which is a fantastic return from the wee man but it is all about the team. The Manager of the Month Award is great but I said the other night it is a joint effort - great backroom staff, and you can be the best manager in the World but if the players don’t carry out your instructions then you are snookered. I accepted the award on behalf of all my staff and players and was delighted to receive it.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after 2-2 draw 

    05 January 2019 17:11:54

    Jim Goodwin after 2-2 draw at East End Park

    It was a game of two halves, it definitely was, I thought Dunfermline were excellent in the first half, we were off it there was no doubt about that, we didn’t compete well enough, we didn’t show enough composure on the ball and it was just wave after wave of Dunfermline attacks, so we were delighted to get in at half-time at 2-0, albeit the two goals the first a great strike from Aidan Keena from twenty five yards out there was not a lot Neil Parry could do about it and for the second goal Iain Flannigan was very unfortunate, Neil made a good save and Iain following in, the ball hits him and goes in as an own goal.

    We got in at half-time 2-0 down and changed the shape a wee bit and stressed the importance of the next goal and I really did feel if we got the next goal I felt the home fans would get a bit nervy and this would get the Dunfermline players nervy and that definitely seemed to be the case, we were much better in the second half and it was more like us in possession and out of possession, we competed a lot better and picked up far more second balls and I don’t think Neil Parry had a save to make in the second half, it was just fantastic.

    I think that is now fourteen occasions they have come back during 2018 till now in 2019, that they have come back from a losing position being behind to pick up a point or three, I have just said to the players “You can be the best manager in the World, with the best group of players technically in the World, talk formations and tactics all you want, but the team spirit and the character and togetherness of the players we have at present you cannot buy that, you can’t coach that, that is something that comes from within”, they can be so proud of their effort in the second half, they never know when they are beat and never give in and that’s what I have been saying every week. We know we will come to some difficult places, we know we are playing against some very good teams but all I ask for is 100% commitment and that we never give in and you can see that from the players they just never give up which is fantastic.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after victory over Dundee Utd 

    29 December 2018 18:12:42

    Jim Goodwin after victory over Dundee United

    I’m over the moon with the end result, I thought we battled very well today against a very good Dundee United side, they dominated the possession there was no doubt about that but I thought we defended really well although we were a lot deeper than we would have liked to have been we restricted them to long shots and having to put crosses into the box, apart from the one in the first half which Neil Parry tips onto the post and Andy Graham had to recover, apart from that one I can’t remember Neil Parry having to make too many saves for all the good play that Dundee United had.

    We then went a goal down on the hour mark, I was disappointed in the build up to it, I thought Stevie Hetherington might have been given a free kick when he cleared the ball and the Dundee United player was a bit late on him which lead to the Dundee United’s free kick on the edge of our box, a wonderful free kick set play from Callum Booth he couldn’t have put it any more in the top corner of the net if he had tried.

    Again we showed wonderful character, I have lost track of the amount of times that we have came back from a losing position to pick up a positive result whether it is a draw or victory, the players deserve huge credit for that. That game today could have easily have went to two or three after they got their goal but our never say die attitude again with every single one of my players putting in a hell of a shift. Yes we would have liked to be better on the ball and had a little bit more composure which we have showed in recent weeks but I give Dundee United credit for that because they pressed the life out of us and never allowed us time on the ball. The result is the most important thing and we can allow for a poorer performance in terms of possession wise if we can come away with results like that.

    I thought our two goals were excellent, one thing I have been very critical of us as a team this season, the height of we have going into the box for corners and set pieces I don’t think we get on the end of things enough. Andy Graham who was outstanding all afternoon along with Sam Roscoe beside him, big Andy goes and gets the important header and got us back in the game, at that moment in time if the referee had blown his whistle I would have been delighted to get a draw at 1-1 each. However as the game was going on we were hitting them on the break a couple of times and Dario does fantastic, he has come into a really good rich vein of form in the last four or five games, that’s his sixth goal of the season but it is more than his goals it is what he offers the team in his holdup play and he is getting a lot braver as the weeks go on, he is starting to take hits from centre half’s, with having a striker up front who can make the ball stick and Dario always does that, he is always a threat running in behind, the compose he had in the final minute of the game to score the winning goal was really fantastic and I was delighted because his mum and dad wee over from Canada to watch their son, it makes it that little bit more special.

    It’s been a great year 2018 getting promotion in the first place and now putting on a really good show in the Championship in the first half of the season, everybody expected us to be rock bottom, I think the only people who believed we were better than what we had been written about us within that dressing room, everybody wrote us off before the season, I don’t think teams are now writing us off, I think people are starting to give us the respect we deserve, I think I have players in our squad a number of other Championship squads would be delighted to have in their team. It is not only pleasing where we are but the manner we have achieved as well, we try to play the game in the right way by passing the ball and being entertaining to the fans and I think the fans are starting appreciate that as well , so a fantastic end to 2018, let’s stop looking over our shoulders and look up and after today’s result we can see what can be achieved.

    Jim

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