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    Jim Goodwin at Stair Park 

    Sunday, October 15, 2017 8:00:43 AM

    Jim Goodwin at Stair Park, Stranraer

    Obviously disappointed, I didn’t think there was much in the game up until the first goal, we said at half time the first goal was going to be huge and more often than not in our league that tends to be the case. Really disappointed with the defending, I thought we could have done a whole lot better, we seemed to be all over the place and one ball over the top is what killed us, but a great finish from Ryan Wallace but it was avoidable from our point of view. I don’t mind teams scoring goals where they carve you open, good quality goals but I don’t think that was a good quality goal from our point of view. He might have been half a yard offside but I think it was the fact we were disjointed at the back in the back four, three of the boys were up and one was too deep. We spoke before the game about not giving them the space to run into because we knew what they would want to do, we know how they play, looking for balls in behind because they have boys who are quick, as a back four we needed to deny them that space and we didn’t do it, but a great finish from the lad.

    At 1-0 with fifteen minutes to go I made some changes to try and get us just back in the game, we went 3-4-3 but then again Jamie Hamill had too much space to run into, it’s a learning curve for wee Adam because he has to do his defensive responsibilities as well - for whatever reason we just don’t seem to be getting any breaks just now. We need to create our own luck, we need to keep going, it’s a funny league it’s the kind of league if you can put two or three wins back to back all of a sudden you will be climbing up the table again but our current form hasn’t been good enough and that’s absolutely clear and I take full responsibility for that.

    You can’t feel sorry for yourselves, we are disappointed, I believe in the group of players we have, we have players now coming back after injury and once we get everybody up to speed I’m sure our luck will turn, I look at other teams squads and we are right up there on paper but it doesn’t work like that, at the moment we need to do more collectively, myself included we are all in this together and the only way we will turn the corner is by working hard during the week and not feeling sorry for ourselves because we will have another tough game coming up next weekend so we need to dust ourselves down and go again on Tuesday and hopefully our luck will change.

    This form that we are in at the moment cannot continue, that is the first quarter out of the way and we are sitting on nine points from nine games , I’m not stupid, we sit and analysis’ things including myself and my decisions, tactics and training, I do that more than anybody and I am my own worst critic and I know our return of points in the first quarter is not nearly good enough and we are going to half to double that next quarter if we are to have any aspirations of getting into the play-offs.

    We appear to be lacking a bit of confidence at the moment due to some bad form but I believe we are one result from turning the corner, it’s as simple as that.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin at Gayfield 

    Sunday, October 01, 2017 12:43:05 PM

    Jim Goodwin at Gayfield

    At the end of the day a draw was probably a fair result, their keeper has made a couple of great saves, we seem to be hitting keepers with form at the moment, the Albion Rovers boy last week made three or four great saves and today again the Arbroath keeper has made a couple of great saves - a good save from the penalty and the one late in the second half when he made a great double save from Jon Robertson’s shot and PJ Crossan effort blocked, but Arbroath had their chances as well and Neilly had to make a good save so from a neutral point of view it was certainly end to end football. It was a good reaction from my point of view after conceding five goals last week, I thought we looked more defensively solid today I thought we defended the box relatively well.

    I was pleased with PJ Crossan making such an impact for a young guy, he was making his first start for us and he can be pleased. I think their keeper makes a good save from Scott Taggart’s penalty, he took it well and had plenty of pace on the ball but I think the boy read it and made a great save with a strong arm and then blocked Kris effort with the rebound. You then think it’s not our day and then we got a good bit of luck with the own goal, but if the penalty had went in it could have been a different game.

    At the Arbroath penalty, I thought it was a penalty at the time, sometimes you get them sometimes you don’t, I think Jon got caught on the wrong side of their player, I don’t think he deliberately pulled him down but the guy runs across you and inevitably feet tangle and the referee got that one right.

    Arbroath are a good team on a very good run they beat Stranraer 6-2 last week away from home, they are a very good side with good options to come off the bench, our bench was struggling with Craig Malcolm nursing a sore ankle, Garry Fleming did his hamstring in the warm up, still missing Andy Graham, I don’t want to make excuses but we are looking forward to the International break and give us a chance to recharge the batteries and rehabilitation and looking to have a more fit squad for our trip to Stranraer.

    Jim Goodwin

    Manager after home defeat 

    Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:39:22 PM

    Jim Goodwin after home defeat to Albion Rovers

    It is a very difficult result to take, but if you defend they we defended you are going to get punished it is as simple as that. I think Albion Rovers have had six shots on target and managed to score five goal, I think we had fifteen shots and only managed to score with two. Their goalkeeper was excellent but I am making no excuses because our defending was appalling, so therefore we must take it on the chin.

    I think we created opportunities, Kevin Cawley had a great header in the first half and their keeper made a wonder save, then we got it back to 3-2 we looked as if we were going to get ourselves right back in the game and maybe get something from it but their fourth goal was a killer and the fifth one comes from us really chasing the game, we were going a bit gun ho, I take full responsibility for the result, it is unacceptable at home to concede five goals or indeed in any game it is not acceptable but particularly here at home I’m really disappointed, it might sound stupid but I thought we played ok going forward and we did create a number of opportunities but fair play to Albion Rovers they took their chances when they became available .

    It’s our first defeat at home after two wins and a draw, I don’t mind losing games but it’s the manner in how you can lose them - If you lose 1-0 or 2-1 you can put your hands up but to concede five is going to take a bit getting over. We and will sit down tomorrow and watch the game back, see where we can make improvements, because we do need to improve things defensively there is no doubt about that, we have conceded far too many goals already up to now, we do look like we can score, that’s what we said at half-time at 2-0 if we get the next goal it gives us a great chance but to concede the third goal as we did was incredible. We need to pick ourselves up there is no point feeling sorry for ourselves - you can see how the league is, it is such a strange league that - Stranraer win 4-0 last week and then lose 6-2 at home this week, every team in the league is capable of beating each other, Raith Rovers and Ayr United are certainly looking strong at the moment and it looks like the rest will be scrapping it out for the Play-Off’s.

    I’m the manager, I pick the team, I pick the formation, I have brought the players to the club so it’s my responsibility and I’ll do everything I can to turn things around and get us back on track next week, we have another big game coming up next week against Arbroath at Gayfield and we will go again.

    Jim Goodwin

    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

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