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    Jim Goodwin at Methil 

    Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:19:13 PM

    Jim Goodwin at Methil

    I thought we started the game really bright, we were the better team in the opening twenty five minutes but after that we seemed to stop playing, and we finished the first half really poorly and never got going in the second half. We did great to get ourselves back in the game getting it back to 1-1 but then to concede so early after was really disappointing.

    It was an off day for us, the lads have been excellent for the last three months it is only our third defeat in twelve games, so we have been on a decent run but unfortunately today too many players were below par and I thought East Fife were deserved winners in the end.

    We should have been a couple of goals up in the first half in the first 20 minutes their keeper made a great save from Kevin Cawley and we had other opportunities as well but it is fine lines and fine margins every week in this division - the first goal is so important. In fairness we never panicked at half-time we have been a goal down in our last three games and always managed to fight our way back to gain something. I knew the character was there and the players would keep going and again today after getting ourselves back in the game we were thinking we could take the game to them but then losing another goal, which was a poor goal to lose, the defending was poor but we didn’t defend well all afternoon especially in the last hour of the game and that’s not like us usually we are quite solid and we have been up till lately but these things happen it is certainly not a day to go over the top, we were just edged out by the odd goal, we just need to pick ourselves up we have another extremely difficult game coming up next Saturday in the Scottish Cup against Dundee United, it’s a bit of a freebie I suppose with not many people giving us a chance but we believe if we play to the standards we are capable of we can give them a good game.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after Albion Rovers victory 

    Saturday, January 06, 2018 5:17:24 PM

    Jim Goodwin after victory over Albion Rovers

    Delighted with the result, I thought we played very well in the first half in terms of passing the ball about, we probably didn’t control the game as much as I would have liked in the second half, we were a wee bit sloppy in possession at times but the boys did great - I would have liked the third goal to have come a wee bit sooner, I thought we had a number of opportunities to add to it but the lads have been excellent they defended really well towards the end, delighted to get the three points.

    Neil Parry made a brilliant save late in the second half and he had pulled off another in the first half but at 2-1 the opposition are always in the game and Albion Rovers are very dangerous on the counter attack they have good players in the forward areas and we had to be at our best today at times in order to keep them quiet, the goal we concede is disappointing I felt it was a bit sloppy and we could have dealt with it better, however the boys again showed a great reaction, they had dominated the opening ten or twelve minutes and then conceded in Albion Rovers first attack which was very disappointing but a great reaction again, we have great character within the dressing room they are a really good bunch of boys and I am delighted after a disappointing 2-2 draw at home against Queen’s Park we were able to get back to winning ways today.

    Another goal for Ross Stewart, he has been brilliant but he could have had a couple more certainly there was one more he was disappointed he didn’t tuck away to make it 3-1 but he is a really good kid and as I have said before, we tried to get him in the summer but Jack Ross fancied him as well and he chose to go there but delighted to get him in now and we can give him the opportunity to play regular first team football which at his age is important - three goals in his first three games is fantastic.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after home draw 

    Tuesday, January 02, 2018 2:53:22 PM

    Jim Goodwin after draw against Queen’s Park

    It was a frustrating afternoon having started the game so well and getting the early goal, we seemed to stop playing for some reason and didn’t seem to click today, so it is a bit disappointing but really pleased with the team spirit and togetherness to keep going right until the end and to take something from the game it would have been very easy to lose the game, we keep going until the end we through everything but the kitchen sink at them in the end.

    The goals we lost were disappointing; we should clear our lines for the first one and for the second one we gave the ball away cheaply 25 yards from goal and it was a last ditch tackle, so it was a penalty and the referee was right to give it. Disappointed yes but I think it is a bit of a reality check for one or two at the club, players and supporters as well, because the boys had won 6 out of their last 8 games, we have been on a great run the players are doing well and we are doing our best to try and compete with the two full-time clubs at the top of the table, very difficult to compete with full time teams but we will keep going right till the end and delighted to take something from the game

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after victory over Stranraer 

    Tuesday, December 26, 2017 7:37:54 AM

    Jim Goodwin after victory over Stranraer

    The end result was very satisfying but in truth I didn’t think there was much between the teams, it was a very even game but I did feel on chances and opportunities in the second half we could have put the game to bed , PJ had one their keeper has made a great save from close range another one the ball got stuck under the wee mans feet when he might have squared to Andy Graham but in saying that Stranraer had one or two chances themselves and Neil Parry had to made a couple important saves, but overall it’s a great way to finish the 2nd quarter, albeit we missed the Arbroath game but that’s six wins in our last eight league games, I doubt there are not too many  teams around the country apart from Celtic who are carrying form like that at the moment, so we are really pleased, we have had five clean sheets in the last seven league games so there are lots of positives for us to take and I will certainly look forward to sitting down to Christmas dinner with the family.

    Delighted for Ross Stewart to get up and running, scoring on his debut for the club, I did say during the week that people will look at his height and think he is coming in as a No. 9 target man but that is not the case. In the first half he was starved of possession but he came onto a game once he and PJ got onto the ball in the second half, we wanted to get PJ on the ball and I thought he was a threat all afternoon, Ross is good at taking the ball on the half turn and looks to go forward it is too easy to collect the ball and knock in backwards again, Ross wants to be positive and looks to go direct all the time he had a very good debut and delighted he was the match winner in the end.

    The back four and our keeper deserve a lot of credit for another clean sheet but Garry Fleming and Stevie Hetherington are sitting just in front protecting them, we defend together and attack together, we changed our system going into the start of the second quarter by putting the two holding midfield players in and you can see the difference.

    Great victory for the fans so they can go away and enjoy their Christmas now we have collected anther three league points.

    Jim Goodwin

     

    Jim Goodwin at Station Park 

    Saturday, December 09, 2017 5:06:12 PM

    Jim Goodwin after victory at Forfar

    In the last couple of games we had been disappointed not to pick up any points albeit against two very good sides, I thought we put a lot into both games, so today’s result was the perfect reaction, we knew how difficult it was going to be, I thought Forfar were the better team in the first half, I thought we rode our luck at times especially when they smashed a shot of the crossbar. However in the second half we were a lot better and controlled the majority of it, a very professional performance and delighted that big Kris was able to get a couple of goals.

    We had to shuffle the pack again today, Iain Flannigan who is a big player for us was out with a virus, hopefully he will be available next week but we have players in the squad who can come in and they don’t weaken the side and I thought big Kris came in and was excellent his attitude even when he has been out of the team has been spot on, he is a great guy really well liked in the dressing room, so the boys are over the moon that he managed to be the match winner for us today.

    Wee PJ was excellent at the first goal, one on one situations we fancy him against anyone, I felt that was one thing we mentioned at half time, the right back gets booked early doors and I felt we should have been feeding PJ the ball more and we didn’t, but second half we isolated him out there on one v. one situations, he does that really well, at times he wants to come in the park but we keep trying to encourage him to go on the outside, once he is past the defender it is very hard to catch him, he has been excellent since he has come in and we will look to extend that loan period in January once that comes to an end.

    Alan Cook going back to Stenhousemuir is a deal which hopefully will work out for both parties, Alan came here to play and it hasn’t quite worked out, he has been frustrated with the lack of match time in games and I don’t want to stand in a players way who has been given the opportunity to go and play regular first team football, he had done well for Stenhousemuir last year, he is well liked over there, I had a good discussion with Brown Ferguson and it suits everyone involved and “Cookie” getting back playing is important to him., the initial period is 28 days emergency loan but the agreement is there for them to extend it until the end of the season so I expect him to be a Stenhousemuir player until the end of the season.

     

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin at Starks Park 

    Saturday, December 02, 2017 5:38:04 PM

    Jim Goodwin at Starks Park

    Very disappointed with the end result, the first half I thought we played really well, the second half I don’t think we started we couldn’t get out of our own half for the first fifteen minutes in the second half.

    I thought we played great in the first half, dominated the game without really creating any real clear cut chances. I knew that Barry would be looking for a reaction from his players at the start of the second half, we spoke about that at half-time, to expect them to come out all guns blazing and they did, that didn’t surprise us but the first goal for me was so disappointing, to have defended as well as we have, to concede a goal so soft - the cross comes in but we have to deal with it, Greig Spence is free two yards from goal with a simple header for him. We highlighted these things during the week and unfortunately we weren’t able to snuff it out. Goals change games I know it is an old cliché but it is a fact, we kept going right until the end, I felt if we had made it 2-1 earlier in the game and given us a bit more time on the clock it might have given us a better chance to take something from the game.

    Very disappointed to lose the last two games, I think we have played well in both games but yet we have nothing to show for it, everybody who wasn’t here does care how well we might have played they just look at the end result and we have now picked up no points in our last two games and I feel as if we deserved to have a couple at least.

    PJ was booked just before half-time for simulation, I don’t think there was enough contact for to warrant a penalty, there was a possible coming together, I don’t think it was a dive, I understand why the referee has booked him, if he deemed it was that way but it is not something we encourage and the wee man is so quick in and around the box the slightest touch could set him off balance but it is not one we will fall out over.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin after defeat to Ayr 

    Saturday, November 25, 2017 4:35:52 PM

    Jim Goodwin after defeat to leaders Ayr United

    It was tough to take, losing a late goal in any game is a sickner but particularly in one so important, and we worked ever so hard in the second half to get ourselves back into the game and lost the game in practically the last kick of the ball. Really gutted for the players because they put an awful lot into the game, the first goal against us I felt, Lawrence Shankland is clever he uses his body well, when the centre half is in the air and he gets the slightest nudge it puts him off and he couldn’t go and win the header - clever from their point of view but I thought it was a free kick. We hit the post at 1-1 through Kevin Cawley, I know they hit the crossbar a couple of times, we had chances in the first half, one cleared off the line, so I think it was a really entertaining game from a neutral aspect. I think both teams really tried to play and having a go, obviously it did not go our way today and we are disappointed. It would have been a big point, I honestly don’t think we did enough to win, it would have been a great point particularly for our play in the second half, devastated be honest.  

    We have won our last five games so it was a great run to be on, I said that to the players they can take a lot of pride and credit for that, they weren’t easy games but it allowed us to claw ourselves back into contention, to maintain that run today would have been nice, we wanted all three points but if we could have taken a point at the end I would have been satisfied.

    I was sent to the stand because I had a disagreement with the referee about the foul throw, it was nothing as far as I was concerned, I thought it was pathetic it happens every week, the ball goes out of play in one area and the players always try and steal four or five yards and that’s what Callum Crane done in our instance, but if you are going to start giving foul throws for that, then there will be ten or twelve foul throws per game, so I disagreed with his decision, the game actually went on for another two or three minutes and I was quite happy it was done, but then he comes marching over and sends me to the stand which was disappointing because I never had any issue with the officials and it is the first time in my managerial career that I have been sent up to the stand and it’s not something I thought would happen to be honest with you, but some referees you just can’t talk and that’s unfortunately what the wee man was like today.

    We would like to get back to winning ways against Raith Rovers next week, it’s a great game for us to go into, we were huge underdogs today, nobody gave us a hope in hell of getting anything today, everybody expected Ayr to come here and win and wipe the floor with us but I think my guys gave a great account of themselves again, it took a last minute equaliser down at Somerset Park and it has taken a last minute winner today to beat us, so if Ayr are the best team in the league and we can go toe to toe with them in both games then I think it shows how good a team we can be, we should take great pride in that and that’s why we can look forward to the game against Raith Rovers next week because in the first game of the season at the indodrill it took a last minute goal for Raith Rovers to deny us taking all three points that day. We have a great group of players, we will dust ourselves down and get back to business at training on Tuesday night and prepare as we always do for another difficult game next week.

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin at Ochilview 

    Sunday, November 19, 2017 1:18:57 PM

    Jim Goodwin after cup victory over Stenhousemuir

    We always knew today was going to be a difficult match and that’s exactly how it turned out, we gave Stenhousemuir the respect we felt they deserved, obviously they have been doing very well in their own league you can see they have some very good footballers in their team, but I have to say I was disappointed with the way we started and I thought we just let the first half pass us by, that’s taking nothing away from Stenhousemuir who were the better team in the first half, but I thought in the second half we were the better team, I felt we were the team on the ascendancy although they finished the game strongly, they put bodies up front and created one or two chances. We rode our luck at times today, we definitely did, but it’s a cup tie at the end of the day and all that matters is being in the hat on Monday.

    Great for Craig Malcolm to get his two goals today, that’s four goals in last four games for him, it was always going to be difficult for us to replace Greig Spence at the end of last season, we had identified Craig Malcolm long before the end of last season as he had scored a number of goals for Stranraer. Unfortunately for us he picked up an injury in the Betfred Cup Tie against Ross County in the opening game of this season and it took him a wee while to get over that and then when he did come back in takes weeks to get fit again, these things don’t happen overnight but now you are starting to see the Craig Malcolm which attracted us to bring him to the club. He is in the right place more often than not, I thought his first goal in particular he was really brave to put himself in there and get the touch that he did from a great ball from Stevie Hetherington, and the second goal is a fantastic delivery from Iain Flannigan, it was all about the delivery we had great quality coming into the box and again Craig was in the right place.

    Stenhousemuir will be disappointed, I thought Brown Ferguson’s team were excellent and the game could have went either way, I’m just grateful it went our way.

     

    Jim Goodwin

    Jim Goodwin at Cliftonhill 

    Saturday, November 11, 2017 5:59:11 PM

    Jim Goodwin after victory at Cliftonhill

    We came here with a game plan today, we knew the pitch wouldn’t be conducive to the way we would want to play, I think the pitch is a leveller it doesn’t suit either team and it is very hard to play the type of game we would like on it, I think Albion Rovers themselves found it difficult. However, we played the conditions very well and the clean sheet was massive, we knew we would get opportunities - the first goal was a great goal from our point of view, a great ball in from Andy Graham cut back to “Flanny” and it was a great finish, he made it look a lot easier than it actually was especially how the balls were bobbling on the pitch and get such a good connection as he did.

    Yes, we would have liked the second goal to come a wee bit earlier than it did, but in fairness to Albion Rovers they were the better team in the second half, there was no doubt about that, but at the same time they had a lot of possession but I thought our shape was good, all their possession was in front of us, they never really hurt us in behind and that was part of our game plan we had worked hard on during the week, which the players carried out and deserve great credit for that.

    After the first nine games we hadn’t been good enough and it was a bit of a reality check, we sat down and tried to analysis where we had been going wrong and how we could do better, it was plainly obvious to us - we had to defend better and score more goals, I know it sounds as simple as that and easy, but it is all about the players, it is easy for me to pick formations and tactics and do sessions in training, but it is down to the players to go out on the pitch and for the last four or five weeks the players have been absolutely excellent and I am really pleased they are getting their rewards which they deserve.

    I don’t like pointing out just our goalkeeper and our back four because there is an awful lot more to defending than just that part of the team; the guys in front of them work tirelessly, Kevin Cawley never stops running, PJ is doing a great job for the team and there are players doing jobs which don’t come natural to them. We identified one or two of their players who we knew we had to be aware of and gave jobs to certain individuals in our team and I thought they took on the responsibility and did their jobs brilliantly and they deserve huge credit for that.

    It’s been a great start to the second quarter, four victories and three shut outs but we must keep our feet on the ground, we have done great to get ourselves back into a good position but its only November, I will not get carried away.

    Jim Goodwin 

    Jim Goodwin after defeating Airdrie 

    Saturday, November 04, 2017 3:13:51 PM

    Jim Goodwin after defeating Airdrieonians

    We are over the moon at the moment with the form that we are in, three straight wins, I thought we played some really good football today and on another day we could have scored another two or three goals, their keeper made a great save from PJ Crossan when his shot looked to be heading for the top corner of the net, if Iain Flannigan had played a better ball across the face of the goal to Kris Renton and we had another great opportunity with the penalty, but overall very pleased from back to front, we looked solid again at the back, we gave them one opportunity in the second half where Neil Parry had to make a crucial save on a one v. one situation, it would have been a heartbreaker if they had equalised because I thought we were well on top throughout the game and delighted to carry on the momentum. Getting back to back clean sheets is so important, because we work hard on them defending in training though the week.

    Consistency is important at any level, to go and be able to put three wins back to back and in the manner we have done beating East Fife here 4-1, then went to Hampden last weekend and scored four goals and kept a clean sheet and then today winning 1-0 against very difficult opposition. Airdrie have always been a hard team to play against anytime I have played against them and since I have been at Alloa they continue to be tight games - they beat us earlier in the season at their place deservedly so but I thought we deserved to win the game today.

    There is no point in changing a winning side, it is always hard to do so, we do have Daryll Meggatt fit on the bench again but Scott Taggart and Andy Graham have been outstanding in the back line together and Jon Robertson has filled in at right back, I have spoke to “Robbo” about the situation, he would rather play in midfield but enjoys playing right back as well. Callum Crane has really come on to his game and again was terrific because the boy Scott Stewart is a very good opponent and I knew he would have to be on our game to watch him today and I thought Callum did a terrific job up against him. I was delighted for Craig Malcolm to score again this week, his goal being the winner, PJ was excellent again, I could go right through the team there wasn’t one below par performance.

    I would like however to give a special mention to Stevie Hetherington, that’s as good a performance from a central midfielder, particularly in the second half he was everywhere, picked up every second ball, not only that but his range of passing when he had possession, I can’t remember him getting beaten or giving the ball away too many times, he stopped Airdrie counter attacking on us, delighted for Stevie and all my players, even Kris Renton ho came on for the last fifteen minutes played a vital part, so delighted with the group of players we have at the club, let’s just carry it on.

    It is important that we don’t get carried away and think too far down the line, just keep doing what we are doing and take each game as they come week by week. Next week at Cliftonhill will be another difficult game, Albion Rovers hammered us here 5 - 2, so we certainly owe them one, so it would be nice to go and reverse the scoreline.

    Jim Goodwin

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