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    Jim Goodwin at Hampden Park 

    Saturday, March 10, 2018 4:36:23 PM

    Jim Goodwin after victory at Hampden Park

    Obviously delighted to win the game, especially after the good performance against Arbroath in midweek it was important that we followed that up, the three points is the most important thing, in the first half I didn’t think there was a great deal in the game I always knew there was more to come from us, unfortunately it took going behind before we got going again. Once again great character from the lads having gone the goal down and then getting that reaction, there were three fantastic goals in the game - the goal that the boy Keena scores for Queen’s Park was an absolute worldly and you could try it another nine or ten times and he wouldn’t be able to do what you had done, so fair play to him.

    The most pleasing thing for me was our reaction to going behind, and Callum Crane soon got us right back in the game with a terrific shot into the bottom right hand corner of their net, and then Jordan Kirkpatrick with a wee bit of brilliance in the middle of the park to get away from two or three Queen’s Park defenders and my view was right behind it as soon as it left his foot I knew it was going in, I was delighted for him as well as I know he has been a little frustrated with not being able to get back on the score sheet since he returned to the club but he has played a big part up till now since he came back in January but I know he wants more goals which hopefully that will be the start of that.

    I made the four changes in the side from midweek because I am in a position that I have a good squad and we have seven games in March so I am trying to manage the squad as best as I can, Stevie Hetherington didn’t train on Thursday after the midweek game he had a niggle with his calf and toe, so I didn’t want to risk him, but really tried to freshen things up and I think when I have the type of squad at my disposal it would be silly not to do that. I don’t think the changes effected the overall performance, I am confident the changes I make will be like for like but when we went back to our normal 4-3-2-1 in the second half  the boys looked a lot more comfortable.

    With nine games left we must concentrate on our own job and try not to worry about Stranraer, Airdrie or East Fife or any other team around us, but just concentrate fully on what we can control which started today against Queen’s Park and in midweek against East Fife a team we always have a difficult tussle they always give us a tough game and they have beaten us twice already this season, so we will look to continue our winning run but we have a lot of huge games coming up, after the East Fife midweek game we have a double header against Airdrieonians on Saturday and then again on the Tuesday but we want to focus fully on East Fife game this Tuesday just now, the boys will recover well Sunday, Monday and then hopefully we will have a fully fit squad to go again on Tuesday and I will make changes again, I have spoke about this to the players already to be fair to them as well but I will freshen things up again on Tuesday night.

    Jim Goodwin



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