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    Jim Goodwin after draw at Ayr 

    Saturday, September 16, 2017 5:44:39 PM

    Jim Goodwin after draw at Ayr

    I’ll be dreading tomorrow after that, I felt great for an hour then I started to feel I was running up hill, it’s a long while since I played 90 minutes, I didn’t really envisage playing much this season but I registered myself as a player, but recently we have been looking like the walking wounded with a number of injuries to key players, we have players with viruses as well and we were short of numbers, we were even two players light on the bench today, so that’s why I had to go out and play, needs must, I enjoyed the game but we are obviously disappointed to lose a goal in the last minute but I have to say it was a great game of football, from a neutral point of view it must have been very good to watch, very exciting, end to end, both teams having a go.

    I just thought when we got to 3-2 and it being so late in the game, we were controlling the game at that time and I thought we would see the game out but to get hit with that sucker punch right at the end was a bit of a killer.

    The first fifteen minutes we weren’t in the game, we struggled with their shape, I felt myself and Frank were too deep and the gap between us and the midfield was too big but once we got to grips after the first 15 minutes I thought we were the better team in the first half certainly in the last 30 minutes of the first half, in the second half there wasn’t much in it but when you get yourself to 3-2 and there is only a couple of minutes left we would have liked to see it out.

    We haven’t defended poorly today yet we have conceded three goals, but if you score three goals it should be enough to win any game and that’s the disappointing thing from our point of view. There is not one player out there I could say had a below par performance, I thought they were all at it and for 90 minutes that is probably the best we have played consistently, every player was excellent and we just have to carry that to next week.

    We had a lot of changes in the summer and we lost a lot of key players, I have brought in 7 or 8 boys who have been fantastic but people need to realise it takes a lot of time for lads to get to know each other, particularly for part time teams who only see each other on a Tuesday and Thursday night, so it takes a wee bit of time for the players to gel and get the know each other and how they like to play, we have also been unlucky with injuries to key players and struggled to field the same starting eleven since the first day of the season, that is  difficult because you are constantly chopping and changing which doesn’t help boys get use to playing beside each other, these aren’t excuses and other teams will have the same situations with injuries and niggles, that is the reason we have squads and we have to utilise that but I’m delighted with our performance today but disappointed only not to have collected all three points but there are plenty of positives to take from today’s game.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after late victory 

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 9:59:49 AM

    Jim Goodwin after late victory over Forfar Athletic

    We didn’t play well at all today, there is no getting away from that, the real pleasing aspect of the game for me is the character of the players. We go a goal behind and things weren’t going our way - but they still managed to grind a result out. They kept going right till the death which was pleasing, obviously the substitutes made a difference making a great impact when they came on and we have a really good young prospect here in Adam Martin who has week after we week now made an impact when coming off the bench, he is desperate for a starting position and I am trying to be safe with the boy and not put too much on his shoulders all at once but I think after that performance again today I am struggling not to start him. Delighted for him and that is one huge positive we can take from the game today and we should really talk that one up because he is a young player who has come through our Academy who has got great ability and talent and one we are very excited about.

    Big Kris Renton works tirelessly up front and he gives centre halves a real nightmare, he is a hard player to play against, he is definitely a handful there is no doubt about that. I’m sure he would have liked to get a goal sooner there is no doubt about that, that’s him off the mark now and hopefully that gives him the confidence he needs to kick on, to keep going and getting the winner in the 94th minute was fantastic.

    That is now seven points from nine at home in the league games, we what to make this place as difficult as possible for teams visiting here, the fans play their part in that, I know they were frustrated for long spells today, as were we, but I take full responsibility, it is me their frustrations should be aimed at because at the end of the day I pick the tactics the formation and the players. I probably hold my hands up in regards to our formation today, I wanted to go with the same team and the same formation as last week because I thought we did very well against very good Dundee United side. I didn’t feel I needed to change because I thought if we could replicate that performance then we would be fine, but we didn’t and that falls on me that’s my responsibility but gladly with half an hour to go we made the right changes and the right formation changes which helped us to go on and win the game.

    Hopefully that will have been my first run out from January and hopefully my last, its sods law we go a goal behind and I make the two changes to try and bring on more offensive players and then big Andy Graham does his shoulder, he got a bad one last week and in fairness to the big guy he is that type of boy he wanted to play it, he is a big player for us but it just didn’t work out for him today, if he goes off the park in a normal stage of a game then in my mind I’m thinking moving Stevie Hetherington to left back and Daryll Meggatt into centre half and the back four are fine, but sods law I had already taken Stevie off the park and five minutes later the big man goes down rolling about like a big Jessie.

    I felt we lacked an urgency, we spoke about it at half-time, especially in the first half, I felt the game was really flat from both teams , neither team played really well and don’t think it was a terrific spectacle to watch. We do try and play football and I think we have the players to play that way but in the last fifteen minutes today it was just about getting bodies up front and getting people in the box, it causes problems for defences but it is not the way I want us to try and play for 90 minutes, but when you are chasing the game late on then needs must. We are a better team than what we have shown, I believe there is an awful lot more to come still, we haven’t really got going yet, however we have managed 2 wins and a draw at home so for a team that really not got going yet we are not in too bad a place - we know we can improve and we will, we will work hard on the training field.

    Andy’s injury is his ligaments in his shoulder it is not dislocated or something which would keep him out for 6-8 weeks, we will nurse him this week and let him sit out training, give him a good five days of doing nothing but we certainly cannot take a gamble next week, if he is not right we need to make that decision prior to the game, next week’s game is massive.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin at Tannadice 

    Saturday, September 02, 2017 2:57:39 PM

    Jim Goodwin after defeat v. Dundee United

    My thoughts on the penalty were, Andy Graham is quite an honest boy and he is adamant he touched the ball and it looked for me from where I was, he touched the ball and the referee said he touched the ball, so make your own mind up?

    Willie, said he touched the ball but he just carried on a wee bit after it, he said he got the ball first but then the man, but I think momentum just takes you into the man, doesn’t it, he clearly got the ball I just hope the footage shows it that way, it might have been a difficult angle for the camera - but it is what it is, I thought Willie Collum had a decent game overall but he does like to give a penalty, we know that and he is not frightened to make that call, fair play to him if he got it right I will hold my hands up but from where I was standing it looked very soft.

    However our boys showed great character after that, we can’t complain with their reaction, it would have been very easy to feel sorry for ourselves and Dundee United go and get another one, but wee Adam Martin comes off the bench and makes the kind of impact he has been doing lately, he is a terrific young talent we have got and he does great for the goal down the right side and has that kind of awareness to lift his head and see Kevin Cawley on the edge of the box, I thought it was a great finish from Kevin and at that stage in the game we were thinking we can go on and win the game, I thought we became the better team.

    I’m really pleased we could show what type of a team we are and what we are capable of because we haven’t quite been at the levels we are capable of in the league with only managing to pick up four points from four games, that is a disappointing return but if we put in more performances like today then the league campaign will take care of itself. There was loads of positives to take from today’s game I thought we more than matched Dundee United for long spells in the game, it wasn’t like we came here and parked the bus, we had a game plan in mind and we were willing to give up a wee bit of territory at the back and leave our two central halves on it, but we were capable of hitting them on the break and counterattacks and I thought we did that on numerous occasions particularly in the first half we got in on Alan Cook’s side but we need to be more clinical in front of goal and if we take our chances we will be absolutely fine, overall I’m really disappointed with the final score today because I don’t think at any time it looked like a 3-1 score line for us to concede in the 91st & 93rd minutes was a bit of a sickening score line from our point of view - the lads deserved better that that.

    Andy Graham’s injury looks a bad one the initial reaction is it is his shoulder, we will just need to wait and see how bad it is, he is going to see the doctor just now, the Dundee United doctor is going to have a look at him but he will probably need to go for an x ray or scan.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after defeat at Airdrie 

    Saturday, August 26, 2017 2:21:16 PM

    Jim Goodwin after defeat at Airdrie

    Very disappointed, yes very poor, I didn’t think there was much in the game up till the penalty decision, it is one of these one’s the boys adamant that Daryll didn’t foul their player when the boy went down, but the referee gives it and the first goal in games are vital to be honest with you. We had a wee chance after Airdrie took the lead but Kevin Cawley’s effort hits the post but after that we didn’t offer enough to the game. I don’t think we merited anything from the game to be honest, Airdrie were the better team on the day and we need to give them credit for that.

    There was a lack of cutting edge, and we are not creating as many chances as I would like and that is something we will need to work on. A lack of goals is a concern because the first goal in this league is hugely important, you saw that last week against Queen’s Park for us and the previous week against East Fife when it was against us, both games ending 1-0. Its not a time to panic or anything like that it is still very early on in the season, we still have new signings who still have to click in place and gel with the team but we need to get it sorted sooner rather than later but really disappointed all round.

    There were big decisions in the game, the penalty then when their keeper picked the ball up outside the box, my view was the same as everybody else’s in the stadium that Rohan Ferguson picked the ball up outside the box - the linesman was running right along the line but didn’t make the call, big decisions but you need a bit of bravery to make them but we can’t rely on referee’s decisions to help us win games, the fact of the matter is there were far too many of our players not at it on the day and the players know that themselves. When we play to our potential and levels we are capable of we are a very good team, when you drop below that we become average and that’s what you saw today.

    After losing the second goal we also ended the game playing with only 10 players after PJ Crossan appeared to injure his ham string, there was no point leaving the kid on the park to incur more injury or run about with torn ham string, the player’s health and well being was the most important thing, it was disappointing because in the short time he was on the pitch you could see glimpses of his speed and attacking threat and he offers us a different dimension but if that is as serious as it looks he could now be out for next four - six weeks. Callum Crane also picked up a knock and was struggling with an knee injury in final quarter of the game, so that is another injury we will need to assess.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after 1st victory of season 

    Monday, August 21, 2017 5:32:11 PM

    Jim Goodwin after victory over Queen’s Park

    We are delighted with the win, we knew how difficult the game was going to be particularly after Queen’s were coming off the back of a 5-2 defeat last week against Albion Rovers, so I knew Gus would have them as well organised as the normally are, one thing Queen’s Park always give you is great endeavour and commitment and I thought their players did really well today. We dug in, I am delighted with the clean sheet but I think we restricted Queen’s to only a couple of shots on target which is great, Neil Parry didn’t have a great deal to do and absolutely delighted with our goal as well, young Adam he comes off the bench and that’s the type of impact you want from your substitutes and Adam has been chopping at the bit to get on the park in the last few weeks and we have tried to give him as much game time as we can and I’m really pleased he is the one who has went and won the game for us.

    Adam has been training with us for the last seven or eight months and he is improving all the time, he still has a long way to go, I think it is important that young players don’t get carried away but he is one we are really excited about and any time he gets the ball at his feet, he is always trying to make something happen, we are trying to encourage him and not get on top of him when he makes mistakes, because that is going to happen with young players but his finish today, he does that three or four times a night at training, he works hard at it.

    The East Fife game last weekend was very disappointing, in many ways it was similar in that there was not a great deal in the game but I thought we should have came away with at least a point, the goal we conceded and the manner we lost it was very poor. I thought today we defended very well, clean sheets are vital at this level you will always get opportunities but today in defence we were solid. We will build on it, take all the positives and look forward to what will be another difficult game next week. In this league there is not a great deal between the teams, you can see that with the results each week, we will prepare and expect another difficult game, no matter who we are playing, home or away we prepare the same each week.

    Jim Goodwin

     

    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

     

     

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