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    Jim Goodwin after victory at Dens Park 

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:42:11 PM

    Jim Goodwin after victory in Irn Bru Cup

    I’m absolutely delighted to get our first competitive win of the season, delighted with some of the goals, really pleased for Craig Malcolm to get up and running with a brace of goals this evening and for the first half an hour of the match I felt we played really well, however the point that I have stressed to the lads just now in the dressing room, is it is not good enough just to play for half an hour, we have to sustain it over the ninety minutes, of course it is hard to dominate a game for ninety minutes against any opposition but we have to be more consistent in our play for longer spells in the game.

    I give credit to Dundee, I thought they came out in the second half and some of their boys were excellent but again our boys stuck in there and managed to get the job done and there are plenty of positives to take for us from the game but there are also plenty for us to work on as well.

    Looking forward to the draw for the next round of the competition tomorrow at the Falkirk Wheel, glad to progress, this was a tricky tie coming up to Dens Park this evening, the lads were delighted to get a game on a grass pitch, it seems a long while since we played on a grass park and the pitch up here at Dens is immaculate.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin at Methil 

    Saturday, August 12, 2017 5:09:56 PM

    Jim Goodwin after defeat at Methil

    Disappointed obviously, that’s just the ups and downs of football unfortunately, that’s the league that we are in, we had spoke about how good a performance it had been last Saturday against a very good Raith Rovers team, we had set a good standard in that game, had we lived up to those standards today we felt as if we could get a positive result. Over the piece I don’t think either team deserved to win it, to be honest with you I thought it was a real scrappy kind of game, the pitch was quite sticky and the first goal was going to be vital, East Fife managed to get the goal, it was quite a scrappy goal really - we didn’t defend it well on the left side, it was too easy for the cross to come into the box, big Neilly got a hand to it but he palmed it out into an area where the East Fife boy can tap it into the net, that gave them something to hold onto then.

    We dominated the game after that in terms of having plenty possession in their half and putting balls into their box, causing them problems but I think we could still be there now and not scoring a goal - we just didn’t seem to be getting any breaks in and around the box. I’m disappointed for my two centre halfs more than anything, I thought they were excellent against a good striker in Chris Duggan, Neil Parry has not had too many saves to make, in fact I don’t think either team had many shots on target, I don’t think it was a great game but the first goal was so important, we lacked that cutting edge in the final third which was disappointing, that is why we went with our three bigger boys up front for the last 25 minutes because I just felt we weren’t causing them any problems at all, playing the way we like to play - getting the ball on the deck and play attacking football but we weren’t getting any joy doing that so we decided to go a little bit more direct and hoping something would drop to us in the box, but it wasn’t the case.

    It is always a concern when you don’t win games, consistency individually and as a team, I thought we did well against Hibernian and again last week against Raith Rovers but today I don’t think we did and the teams in this league which are the most consistent throughout the season always tend to be the ones who are up there challenging and in days like today when it is not really going for us we should still be grinding out a point, not that we would be happy with a draw but I just felt we were not looking like scoring but at least we should come away with something.

    Jim Goodwin

    Manager after late draw 

    Saturday, August 05, 2017 4:28:19 PM

    Jim Goodwin after 1-1 draw with Raith Rovers

    When you lose a goal as late on as that in a game, when you have defended as well as we did for the ninety minutes is disappointing, there were questions over the goal Buchanan has came back from an offside position, our left back goes to head the ball and Buchanan nudges him, Callum was caught under the ball and that is how he was out of position, that’s how Vaughan was able to pick the ball up. Sometimes these decisions go for you, today it has went against us - if we had got the free kick we would have seen the game out.

    I must say I thought Raith Rovers were the better team in the second half and overall they probably deserved a draw in the end but it’s just frustrating from our point of view  losing a goal that late on. We had chances to make it 2-0, if Garry Fleming chance the ball had fell nicely, Kris Renton knocked the ball down to him and on another day Garry will do better with it, Craig Malcolm’s header just went past the post just before he came off, Kris Tenton went close to getting on end of Scott Taggart cross and Kevin’s chance near the end which their keeper did well to save, but in fairness to Raith Rovers in the last five minutes, I think the goal was scored 90m + 1m, they threw everything at us, getting balls in the box and unfortunately on this occasion we couldn’t see it out.

    We know Raith Rovers are a good side, they are a full time team, so they will be up there, the expectation is for them and Ayr United to be up there but I would like to think we will give a good account of ourselves and get in the mix for competing, I thought today we gave a very good account of ourselves especially in the first half we played some great football in the opening 15 - 20 minutes and we could have went a couple in front early on and there are loads of positives we can take, some great individual performances, I thought my two centre halves were outstanding against two really prolific strikers in Buchanan & Spence who between them last season had nearly sixty goals, just disappointed in the manner of the goal and the timing of it, before the game many people would have said a point will be a good result but right now it feels a little like a defeat.

    Callum Crane made his debut and did very well, we brought him in because I thought we were light in that position and I had been working hard to get that deal done throughout the pre season he has been with the Hibernian first team in their pre season but I thought he was outstanding today, he must have been up there for “Man of the Match” award, it is difficult for a young boy like that I brought him over to the ground last night to show him round the place so he had a familiarisation with the surroundings but he hadn’t meet any of the players till 1.30 today but I had no fear to throw him in I knew about the quality of him, I had seen him playing, great quality on the ball and defensively as well, I thought he did great, he’s one we are very pleased to have in.

    Jim Goodwin after Hibs game 

    Saturday, July 29, 2017 3:23:12 PM

    Jim Goodwin after Hibernian game

    To lose the game 3-0 is disappointing, but I think in terms of how we played overall it was quite pleasing. I think if anybody had been at our game in midweek at Links Park we were really poor and I asked for a reaction today and I think we got one, I think we played a lot better in possession of the ball than we have played in recent weeks, I thought we defended well enough for most of the game and when I look back at the goals I think - the first one was a decent goal from Hibs point of view, they cut us open, defensively we could look at that. The second goal I felt it was a foul in the middle of the park when Jon Robertson was given a wee nudge, it might have been soft at the time but I had seen them given throughout the afternoon, so I would like a look at that one again, but when it went to 2-0 its an uphill task, the third goal from Hibs point of view was a fantastic ball into the box, a great run from Simon Murray and a great header, sometimes you just have to hold your hands up, if you lose good goals like that, when teams have to do a lot to score, sometimes you just have to accept it. Overall I thought the performance was better than what we have been putting in lately. I Would much rather go into the Raith Rovers game on the back of that performance than the performance last Tuesday night against Montrose at Links Park.

    The players were claiming for a handball at the second goal, it looked like he knock it in with his hand but we were more concerned on giving a good account of ourselves, Hibernian were expected to turn up and win, they had scored four and six goals in their past two Betfred Cup ties, we knew how difficult the group was going to be, we knew how difficult our task today would be, at 1-0 I felt if we just stayed in the game we would get an opportunity but the second goal killed that thought. Hibs are a very good side and Neil Lennon is talking about finishing second in the league behind  Celtic and try and get as close as they can. They are two divisions above us they have loads of quality, a team full of internationals, I look at his squad and his bench you can only but envy his choice of players he has behind him. Hibs are a big club and they have great expectation.

    I felt my boys did well today, to stick with them as well as we could today, there is two divisions between us and I’m pleased our players were brave enough to go and get on the ball and we tried to play when we could, I would have liked the result to be a bit closer but it wasn’t to be it has been a disappointing tournament for us this season overall, we need to take the positives from today into next Saturday when it really matters in our opening league fixture against a very good Raith Rovers side. We want to get off to a winning start.

    Jim Goodwin

                            

    Jim Goodwin at Links Park 

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:13:56 AM

    Jim Goodwin after defeat at Links Park

    It was a really poor performance from start to finish this evening, it certainly is a bit of a wakeup call for everyone.

    Alan Cook had a slight calf strain it was precautionary really tonight we didn’t want to risk him, I said after the previous game against Arbroath our chances of qualifying from the group was slim, so I didn’t want to risk him tonight at Links Park and obviously after tonight’s result our chances are now dead and buried, on the night we just weren’t good enough, I’m hugely disappointed and quite shocked at the overall performance to be honest.

    On Saturday we will face Hibernian, who we know are a good side, I think the group itself has been difficult obviously two Premiership teams in the group and they were huge favourites to go through before a ball was kicked and it now looks like Ross County and Hibernian will battle it out for the top two positions, we would have liked to give a better account of ourselves - I thought the performance up at Dingwall against Ross County was decent from a defensive point of view, I thought the performance in spells against Arbroath was ok without really creating too many opportunities, we dominated the ball but tonight far too many players not at it, and there are not many you could give pass marks to, so hugely disappointing.

    The calibre of the goals we lost tonight was poor for the first one Stevie knows he should go and defend the ball and just clear the danger but in fairness to the Montrose player he didn’t give up, the second goal from a corner was really poor, whether there was a foul on the goalkeeper I don’t know, I’m maybe trying to clutch at straws but we didn’t work their goalkeeper enough. We should have had a penalty, I think it was a stone wall penalty which I think their boys admitted after the game as well, that it was a penalty.

    We have to give credit to Montrose it’s not the way we wanted to go out of the cup we wanted to get at least a win on the board and take some confidence going into the game against Hibernian, but we need to pick ourselves up and go against Hibernian, be well organised and give a far better account of ourselves and then take confidence into our big game the opening league fixture against Raith Rovers at the Indodrill Stadium.

     

    Jim Goodwin

     

     

    Jim Goodwin after penalty defeat 

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:54:00 PM

    Jim Goodwin after Betfred tie v. Arbroath

    It was a disappointing way to lose the game tonight, the boys are gutted in the dressing room, but when you gift teams a soft goal of a start it gives them something to hang onto, they made it difficult for us tonight, we had plenty of the ball and possession but found them very hard to break down at times, but in fairness to the boys they kept going and it looked like one of these games where we could have been here all night and never scored, we probably didn’t work their goalkeeper enough, although we had good possession we lacked a bit of creativity in the final third, the goal was a great goal from Frank up to then we had looked most likely to score from set plays where we had looked dangerous with great quality coming in from Iain Flannigan and Alan Cook.

    Then on to penalties………..which is our second time in a couple of months, we know it is a lottery at the end of the day and the two we missed weren’t hit as well as the lads would have liked both normally strike a dead ball well, so I think they will want another crack at it. Credit to Arbroath, they were organised resilient and they gained the extra point. In our position now we can only hope Ross County win all their games, convincingly to do us a favour, they would need to beat Hibs and then we would need to win our final two games and see what seven points would give us, I’m not even sure seven points would be enough to see us through as one of the best runners up? There is no chance we can win the group now but we still hold a chance of finishing second and sneak in.

    Initially we feared the worse for Craig Malcolm on Saturday it was a nasty tackle and the reaction was it was a serious injury, however he had the x ray on Sunday morning and thankfully there is no fracture or break but some ligament damage which might keep him sidelined a couple of weeks but possibly four weeks, Craig is a strong boy and will want to get back involved as soon as possible.

    The boys will be back in for training on Friday night, have the weekend off and be ready to face Montrose next Tuesday evening. 

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin at Dingwall  

    Saturday, July 15, 2017 4:29:30 PM

    Jim Goodwin after defeat in Dingwall

    I can’t argue with the result, so be fair Ross County were the better team on the day, I am disappointed because we didn’t play to the levels we are capable of, I couldn’t fault the players commitment or effort they worked really hard, but it will not be a surprise to anyone to see the result, but the disappointing thing for me was that it was a game if we came up and  done things properly when in possession we could have caused a wee upset, but I give great credit to Ross County they were the better team on the day and that is the bottom line.

    Ross County were expected to win but we know teams can cause upsets and when we saw the draw we felt it was a game we could go and frustrate them, we tried to do that with our shape, I thought it worked reasonably well but the two goals we lost were disappointing, there was nothing you could do with the first one we defended the box well and it comes out to Marcus Fraser twenty five yards out and he put it in the top bin and you can’t really defend against that, if he tried it another ten times I doubt if he could again put it where he put it, you just have to hold your hands up but the second one is a bit of slackness, to play a blind pass in our own defensive third, against the quality of players we were playing today, you will get punished and we did. So all round disappointed today but with games coming thick on fast we can turn it around on Tuesday, will go again against Arbroath and hopefully get three points to get us back in the mix.

    I was disappointed with the challenge which saw Craig Malcolm having to be stretchered off, I didn’t think it was necessary for the kind of challenge which was put in and “Malky” is a big player for us, so the game it is what it is, it would be hypocritical of me if I came out here and started slagging people off for making tackles but he definitely caught him in clearing his lines the big man Davies, I thought he had a great game he was excellent but I am not quite sure the follow through was necessary. I don’t think it is a break, but more likely ligament damage we will just have to wait and see how severe the ligament damage is but hopefully a couple of weeks and he will be back, hopefully for the start of the league campaign but I don’t think he will make it in the next fortnight.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after Final 2nd Leg 

    Sunday, May 21, 2017 5:42:13 PM

    Jim Goodwin after defeat in Play Off final

    Very difficult to put into words, it is definitely the lowest I have felt in my 20 years as a professional and being involved in the game, I can’t remember feeling as bad as this and I have suffered relegation in the past in my career. 

    Devastated for everyone connected to the club, the supporters, the board of directors, but more than anything I am absolutely gutted for the players, they have done so well this season, they have shown how good a team they are today, I felt we gave a better account of ourselves today than we did on Wednesday night, which is obviously pleasing but gutted for the players - they gave me absolutely everything and I couldn’t ask for anymore.

    I think we proved over the season that we were the second best team in the league, being runners up to Livingston, but we knew that counted for nothing going into the Play-Off’s, we knew we had to be at our best on the day. I think we just have to give credit to Brechin City, I don’t want to over analyze the game too much, we were extremely disappointed to lose some of the goals we did today, but I don’t think today is the time to look at those type of things. I would like to congratulate Darren Dods, his back room staff and players and wish them well in the Championship next season.

    The game was a much better spectacle than what Wednesday night’s game was  which could not have been great viewing on BBC ALBA, but tonight was a good advert for our league, I think it was two teams that gave it a right good go, every player out there was dead on their feet at the end, there wasn’t one player who came off who could have given any more but when it goes to penalties it is a lottery at the end of the day, you might as well toss a coin and do away with them, somebody has to miss, I feel gutted for Iain Flannigan he has been a fantastic player for us all season, for that to happen to him, I don’t think he deserved that, but I don’t believe anybody does, fair play to all the players who had the bottle to go and take a penalty, that is a hard thing to do, I’ve been in that position myself and it is very difficult to keep yourself calm, we just have to go again and come back stronger next season it’s as simple as that.

    Nobody in the dressing room said a lot after the game because as you can imagine you could hear a pin drop in the dressing room, the boys are absolutely gutted and I am for them as well, but I did say to them they should try and remember what this feels like, we kind of experienced it at Livingston a few weeks back when they clinched the league, but in fairness to Livingston they deserved to win the league, so we must use this next year and make us stronger and try and make sure we can go and win the league next year and not having to rely on going up through the Play-Off’s. 

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after Final 1st Leg 

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:48:33 PM

    Jim Goodwin after Play-Off Final 1st Leg

    Very disappointing tonight, very similar to last week’s Semi-Final 1st Leg at Airdrie to be honest with you, we didn’t compete well enough, didn’t play well enough, and Brechin City thoroughly deserved their win.

    We just didn’t play well, the only positive we can take is the fact that it is only 1-0, they also had a great opportunity at a corner when they struck the crossbar. We didn’t work their keeper at all, I can’t remember him having a save to make. It’s disappointing, but we have been here before , we know what we are capable of at home and our pitch will allow us to play the type of football we want to play, this pitch up here isn’t conducive to that, we had to change the way we played a bit, by going more direct and I think that played into Brechin’s hands, but I give them great credit they deserved their victory and we will pick ourselves up and go again on Saturday.

    We know we are capable of winning, there is not an issue there at all, we remain positive, we will come in tomorrow night, and we know if we reach the standards we are capable of, we will be fine and win the game, but we have to do the basics better, I thought some of our decision making tonight was poor, but I don’t want to go over the top because it is only half-time, we are only 1-0 down and we know we can do better and they will do better again on Saturday.

    The players are an honest bunch, they know themselves they didn’t reach the standards which we have set at this club, they are hurting just now, but the tie is far from over.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin reaching final 

    Sunday, May 14, 2017 2:40:17 AM

    Jim Goodwin after reaching Play Off Final

    I’m absolutely delighted with the overall performance, we showed great character, we knew we weren’t at the pace or standard we set on Wednesday night and Airdrie deserved to win the game on Wednesday night but I thought today the boys were different class for the majority of the game, Airdrie had their wee spells on the break but without being disrespectful of them I don’t think anybody could argue with the overall outcome to be honest. I know penalties is a bit of a lottery but if you think of the chances we had throughout the match , I think we probably should have put the game to bed before it got to extra time.

    Just so proud of the boys, through my twenty years involved in full-time football I have never come across a bunch of boys and that is not me being disrespectful of a great team we had at St. Mirren when we won the cup, I’ve never known a bunch like this, you couldn’t tell who was the part time team and who was the full time team out there today, their fitness levels are phenomenal, what they do here is train with us two nights a week and it is their responsibility to go and do the rest during the week and I don’t think the majority of the full time boys I have played with don’t even know they are born in comparison the work these lads do, their energy levels are frightening, the substitutions that I made, every single one of them Hetherington, McCluskey and Adam Martin they all made an impact when they came on. Overall you could say it is a bit of relief that we have got through the tie but we are well aware we have done nothing yet, we are not getting carried away, the boys will recover properly they will get their ice baths after the game, be in on Monday night for a massage and then we go again on Wednesday.

    Greig Spence is in there and he is gutted for his miss but if there was any a person in the team you would want the chance to fall to it would have been Greig, but he has been a hero so many times for us this season and without his goals, god only knows where we would be so no he is a fantastic player, he is great around the dressing room and he is very relieved, I’m not sure he would have got out of Alloa tonight if we hadn’t of won that game. The boys were brilliant and great bottle for the lads who stepped up to take the kicks because that’s nervous as well, that takes courage and bravery, wee Calum’s heart must have been racing at the end but if ever there was a guy who you would want to take the last penalty with the quality of the left foot he has, it would have been him, and Neil Parry makes two great saves, but overall I can’t single out any individual, I think our performance was where I expected it to be on Wednesday night and we now have a final to look forward to.

    Brechin City are a good side, well organised any encounter we have had with them has always been a difficult one, but we have played them four times this season, so it is probably better that it is Brechin, because it is easier for me because we know them a lot more than we would have known Raith Rovers. I had been digging out as much footage as I could on Raith Rovers over the last couple of weeks but I am glad it is Brechin, both of us know each other well, we know our strengths and our weakness are and it will make for another great game, so we just need to go and apply ourselves properly to give ourselves every chance, I am confident if we are able to go and replicate our performance of today then we will be fine.

    Jim Goodwin

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