Sunday, February 19, 2017 3:23:26 PM
Jim Goodwin after victory at Hampden Park
A great start and finish to the game, I am over the moon with the result, it probably wasn’t our best performance of the season, but the boys were terrific, we dug in at times. I thought we did better in the second half than we did in the first half and I’m really pleased with the clean sheet as well. We defended admirably throughout, Frank & Andy were outstanding, they defended everything that came into the box and nullified Queen’s Park if you like.
Great for Greig Spence to score the 8,000th SPFL goal, he is so clever around the box, Queen’s will be disappointed in the manner of the goal they conceded but Greig is always anticipating that type of chance, he is always one step ahead and I thought he took it well, sometimes in that type of situation you have too much time to think about it, but Greig showed real quality and that’s what he does, score goals and he has been terrific all season.
Jordan’s goal, late in the second half wasn’t a bad goal either! Indeed it is the type of goal he scores regularly in training and we are encouraging all the time to take that type of shoot on because we know he has that quality, I say that to all the front boys, I encourage them to go and be brave, it doesn’t matter if sometimes they go over the bar or goes wide but from time to time you get a little bit of magic like Jordan produced, I was right behind it and had a great view as soon as it left his boot I knew it was net bound, he is a top player.
The title is now Livingston’s to lose, it is fair to say, but you have to give credit to Livingston they have been fantastic and the most consistent team in the league up till now and rightly sit at the top of the table but we will never give up. We will keep going right till the end and try and put as much pressure on them as we can and hopefully close that gap.
We have a massive week coming up we have Airdrie & East Fife both at home Saturday, Tuesday then up to Glebe Park to face Brechin City the following Saturday. Two massive home games coming up, so we will look to carry on the momentum from today and look to be sitting in two weeks time in a really good position and hopefully Livingston might drop some points over this period. We had talked about how drawing matches had been killing us, when you look at the table we had drawn 6 of our last 12 matches, if we had turned a couple of these results into wins then it would look a lot better. We have goals in our team and always score but it is important to gain more clean sheets.
Sunday, February 05, 2017 5:03:52 PM
Jim Goodwin after draw with Livingston
We wanted to win the game and I thought in the first half we played well, Livingston score a decent goal, disappointed we didn’t stop the cross but it was a great header from the boy Mullen, can’t take anything away from that, but we just didn’t start in the second half and that was the disappointing thing, it was the same last week at Coatbridge and the week before against Peterhead - so that is something we need to address and get it sorted and we will talk about that during the week. However again, we showed fantastic character, the lads never give in, I don’t know how many times I have said that this season, they never throw the towel in and they keep going right to the last minute and I thought we were worthy of our goal near the end. We put a number of attacking players on the pitch, we gambled a little bit if you like and even when we had got the score back to 2-2 we were determined to go and get the winner, even then we had to be thankful for Calum Waters getting back and clearing a shot of the line and stop Livingston stealing it at the end.
Overall I was relatively pleased, I was delighted with the big man up front, Dylan Mackin, I thought he did great against two really aggressive centre half’s for a young twenty year old I thought he led the line really well, particularly in the first half when he deserved his goal, overall I thought he was excellent. In the first half the quality of balls to him was better which gave him more to time to hold and link the play but I don’t think we got to grips in the second half. We got a lot of joy in the wide areas in the first half with Calum Waters getting wide and forward. But credit to Livingston they work very hard, they are a very fit bunch and they don’t give you a lot of time on the ball - our boys matched them and went toe to toe with them and I don’t think there was a great deal between the teams, I’m really proud of the lads and their effort and we will be ready to go again.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 3:34:04 AM
Jim Goodwin after draw at Coatbridge
I think it probably was a fair result, I thought it was a game of two halves, we were the better team in the first half but credit to Albion Rovers they were the better team in the second half, they put us under a lot of pressure. The game got a little bit stretched for my liking to be honest with you, I didn’t think we managed the game well enough in the second half, we allowed Albion Rovers the opportunity to break on us on numerous occasions, I tried to make changes to stem that but I think it is a good point in the end to be honest with you, although the draws are killing us, I think on the way the game was going in the second half I think it was a decent point.
Disappointed after going in front, it was the first time we have went ahead in a game for a wee while so we were sitting at half-time delighted to be a goal up, but getting clean sheets are massive as well, it was a good goal from Albion Rovers point of view but disappointed with our marking. It was a decent ball in around our near post but I would need to see it back, the lads dug in which they had to do at the end because Albion Rovers were throwing everything at us that’s why I think it was a valuable point in the end.
Andy Wilson was excellent in goal, I was delighted with him I had every confidence in him before the game, he trains with the first team every week and he is certainly a fantastic prospect in the future, he is a decent size he is still growing he is only a young 18 year old lad, but his kicking and distribution and he came for one in the second half and punched it clear, he has a great temperament as well and he is quite a laid back guy so I was reluctant to go out and get another goalkeeper when I knew the quality of Andy so delighted for him really pleased just disappointed we couldn’t get him a clean sheet which I thought his performance deserved.
Adding Dylan Mackin to our squad in midweek , a another player I was delighted to bring to the club, that is probably us done now in the January transfer window, I don’t need any more in and I don’t really want to lose anyone, however we might try to get one or two of the young boys out on loan to try and get them some senior experience, I don’t want to have them sitting on the bench and not getting any game time, so if we can get one or two away to the right clubs we consider that but delighted to get Dylan, Frank and Stefan in and hopefully Stefan’s back is not too bad after taking a sore one today, I think the three additions we have made have certainly improved us and that was always our aim looking for boys to kick us on at this important part of the season.
Next Saturday’s match against Livingston is huge, they are all big games there is no easy games in this league we were well aware of how difficult a task it was going to be today against a good Albion Rovers side and Livingston will be no different they are top of the table for a reason, they have a very good team but it’s a game we have to go and win it’s as simple as that.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 4:13:20 AM
Jim Goodwin after Scottish Cup defeat
We are disappointed, we knew the kind of threat Dunfermline would have, we spoke about during the week how dangerous they are on the break, it was quite an end to end game but goals change games. It’s an old cliché again - the first goal was disappointing, Gavin Reilly gets the space to run, Neil Parry makes a great save but unfortunately it falls out to Nicky Clark who managed to tuck it away, losing the second goal right on half-time was a bit of a killer blow. Two nil down at half-time we talked about the next goal being important to get back in the game but if Dunfermline were to get it, it would be an uphill task, from their point of view Gavin Reilly did well and Joe Cardle made a great run of him and it was a hell of a strike, nothing you could do with that one.
As always this team has shown in past weeks when we go behind they never give in and they deserve a lot of credit for keeping going right to the end, we scored a couple of half decent goals ourselves but unfortunately ran out of time at the end. You hope when you make substitutions they can make an impact and Stefan had a positive impact, when you sign players you hope that they do well and Frank McKeown out other new signing, goes and gets “Man of the Match” and Stefan comes on and scores so that’s the impact we are hoping from the new signings, just disappointed for them that they weren’t on the winning side in the game.
The cup competitions are great and we have already been to two Quarter-Finals this season we would have liked to go a bit further, we fancied ourselves when the draw was made but credit to Dunfermline and we wish them well in the next round now our made focus is on the league which was our sole ambition at the start of this season we want to get out of this league by hook or by crook.
Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:20:41 PM
Jim Goodwin after home defeat to Peterhead
It was a day of frustration, the first half was the best we have played in weeks, we dominated possession, we were getting in behind them, Kevin Cawley was making some great runs, we played well, we just didn’t trouble their goalkeeper enough, that is what we spoke about at half-time, to get some shots away - we dominated the game, we were definitely the best team but it counts for nothing it’s the result that matters, we have dropped points and its back to the drawing board unfortunately.
We spoke about the Livingston game being off today and the chance to claw back some points, we spoke about trying to put a bit of pressure on them, in the end I don’t think it was a lack of bottle or anything like that playing on their mind, I don’t think that was the case. We had well over 60% of the possession, we had 16 corners they had 1 or 2, we had 12 shots they had 2, so if you look at the stats from the game we were the better team by a mile, but the fact of the matter is Peterhead got a sloppy goal from our point of view, the centre half gets caught under the ball, it’s a crap goal they were living off our mistakes but once they got that goal in front it gave them something to hang on to and I thought in fairness to them I thought they saw out the game reasonably well, they dropped deep they got ten men behind the ball, we threw everything at them and even pushed Andy Graham up front in the last 15 minutes. We had a number of opportunities as well, it just wasn’t our day!
We are really disappointed, we were terrible last week down at Stranraer and we came away with a 2-1 win, we played really well today and end the day with nothing, that’s the league we are in unfortunately, we just need to pick ourselves up. We have a good game against Dunfermline to look forward to next week, they are on a decent run, we will be underdogs going into the match but it’s a game we fancy ourselves in, we believe we can progress in the competition, the cup is great but the league is our bread & butter and that’s the one we want, therefore we are really disappointed we could not put a bit of pressure on Livingston tonight.
Saturday, January 07, 2017 7:38:38 PM
Jim Goodwin after victory at Stair Park
Absolutely delighted, over the moon, we have played a lot better this season and lost or drew games, but I’m not going to stand here and say we played fantastic, we didn’t, it was there for everyone to see but I’m just so pleased for the boys they never know when they are beat, they never give in, they are a credit to themselves, they really are. From day one when I came in at the start in the summer as a player, I was blown away by their attitude, commitment and the way they train, they really are a fantastic group of boys. Really proud of them tonight because it would have been really easy to throw the towel in after half an hour, we could have been two or three nil down, but we didn’t kept ourselves in the game and in the second half I thought we did better.
We got to grips with their shape and made our own shape better and changed ours, in the end of the day it is a fantastic three points and that’s all that matters. Stranraer dominated possession, especially in the first half there is no doubt of that, we were camped in our own half but saying that I can’t recall Neil Parry having too many saves to make, they had a number of corners. I thought Andy Graham and Jason Marr were terrific, Andy particular was putting his body on the line and had a great clearance near the end but I don’t like singling out any individual players because the overall team effort and commitment was immense. We had Greig Spence dropping out to right wing for the last five or ten minutes to see the game out. The way we managed the game at the end to make sure we did walk away with the three points was fantastic.
Stranraer will be frustrated they never killed the game off, for all the possession they had I don’t think they had any clear cut chances and at only 1-0 down you are always in the game. The next goal was always going to be vital and we knew if we got the next goal we could go on and win the game - that’s the kind of belief we have in this group, we always score and recently we have had to come from a goal down and we had to do that again but I think that is testament to the boys. I have been involved in a number of teams in my career who at 1-0 down would not come back - these lads don’t they are fantastic. Scoring the second goal just after Stranraer had lost the equaliser, you heard their fans and the Stranraer players had went down, they were anxious and all of a sudden it was a different ball game. We kept our foot on the gas and saw the game out, we came here to win.
Fantastic two wins back to back, up to second in the League table a fantastic start to the New Year but we know how difficult every fixture is in this league, Stranraer are a decent side who are at the wrong end of the table for whatever reason but we respect every team we play, however we believe if we hit the standards we are capable of then we are as good a match for anyone.
We have been working really hard for the past six weeks trying to see who is available in this transfer window but every club is doing the same, we are all fishing in the same pond and we are trying to make sure we get the right players, they need to be of the right character and mindset, I will not take any gambles on bad eggs or whatever, we have two or three lined up and hope to have news later next week.
Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:32:23 PM
Jim Goodwin after victory over Stenhousemuir
Delighted with the result, we are over the moon to finish 2016 with a win but it’s one of these times when you cannot but think of the two boys. I know big Neil Parry is up just now and he walked out onto the ambulance, thank god, but there was blood coming from his ear and we don’t know what the impact of that is and the poor boy from Stenhousemuir, Alistair Roy, it looked very concerning, fair play to the paramedics and everybody else involved but it baffles me why there was no doctor for the sake of a few quid, I don’t understand it, I couldn’t understand why there was not a doctor coming on the park. The guys who came on did their best but the welfare of the players is paramount.
It is a natural human reaction, you don’t want to see anybody getting hurt, I was more concerned for the Stenhousemuir boy to be honest with you, being hit by Neil Parry, would be like getting hit with a bus, he is a big boy and the wee Stenhousemuir player there wasn’t much to him. They got great attention but let’s make sure there is a doctor and the right type of equipment to cope with that type of incident because players are putting their livelihood on the line.
A fantastic result at the end and it is great to get back to winning ways, the last eleven games we had five draws and four defeats, so it was great to get that win today and to finish 2016 on a high. I thought the conditions were shocking for both teams, really difficult conditions windy and raining but I thought we managed the conditions really well. We spoke during the week where we thought Stenhousemuir danger would come from and indentified their two wide men, Cook & Furtado, they are both very good players, very offensive and attack minded. I have to take responsibility for their first goal, as I was asking Taggart and Waters to try and take them the other way and we lose the ball and they counter attack on us. We conceded that early goal but again my boys character it never comes into question coming from going behind to win points is brilliant delighted with every one of them, having Stevie Hetherington back is like a new signing for us, the calibre of our goals was good, they were really good goals from our point of view, well worked.
They can now go and enjoy tonight, bring in the New Year and hopefully we can build on this, back in on Tuesday, we have a job to do it is as simple as that, we are not as close as we would like to be to Livingston but we will do everything we can to close gap, working hard on the pitch and behind the scenes.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 4:30:16 PM
Jim Goodwin reflects on defeat to Brechin City
Devastated with the result, I thought this was a game we could win but it was a big decision for the penalty, I thought Neil clearly won the ball, he palmed it away, everyone next to me thought the same, the linesman told me he did but push the ball away but then took the player out, it just baffles me sometimes that decisions against us have been very costly. Then we get ourselves back in the game score a decent goal and then you just can’t legislate for their winner. It was a terrible goal from our point of view. A lack of communication and concentration, whatever you want to call it, but we don’t get goals like that, we have to work very hard to get the goals that we score.
Today when we got it back to one each we were in the ascendancy and looked like the team who were going on to win the game then we gift them that, it baffles me, it then allowed Brechin City to get their shape back and get ten men behind the ball, they didn’t need to come out and I thought they defended reasonably well and didn’t give away much.
Very, very disappointed we need to do more going forward, we need to move the ball a bit quicker, we need to be sharper in our play and pick ourselves up.
Sunday, December 18, 2016 1:45:53 PM
Jim Goodwin after home draw v. Queen’s Park
A little bit frustrated, again a great reaction from the lads, they go a goal down again and managed to come back. Disappointed with the goal, I have to put my hands up, Ross Millen has ran off the back of me, played a one two, I should have stayed with the runner, I didn’t and we get punished, so I hold my hands up, the boys were excellent defended really well, I don’t think Neil Parry has had too many saves to make all day. We knew Queen’s Park would come and play five at the back and make life difficult for us and they did that, they have decent energy in their team. It was a decent game, a little bit open at times but on the whole we played and created enough chances but just couldn’t get that second one after we equalised.
Although we’re unbeaten again, a point is just not enough at the moment, Livingston keep on winning and we don’t want that gap to get any wider than what it is just now. So we are a little frustrated how things are going, the break of the ball is not going our way but we can’t make excuses we just must keep going. The boys work hard on Tuesday and Thursdays, I’m sure they are working as hard as any other team, it certainly is not through lack of effort, however we do need to be picking up the three points, three draws back to back is not enough.
Every team will go through a dip at some time in the season, Livingston have still to have their dip in form, every team is capable of going on a winning run, we did it at the start of the season and now over the last three or four weeks we have had a dip in form, these things happen, we will just have to stay positive and keep believing, the goals aren’t as free flowing as they were at the start of the season but it is no fault of the players, it is just things aren’t going our way at the moment.
We knew how Queen’s would play and it was no different from when we played at Hampden, they normally go five at the back, their wing backs get high and wide and attack and they try and frustrate teams, and they are very good at it, Gus has them very well organised, they also have some very good players so you need to give them credit, it wasn’t a case they just came and parked the bus, they gave a very good account of themselves.
There are always positives to take from games but it is just annoying we had to go a goal behind before we can get a reaction to start to play as we know we can. We need to start the games the way we are finishing them at the moment.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 8:23:49 PM
Jim Goodwin after home draw against Stranraer
Disappointed with the result, it was a game we wanted to win of course, disappointed with the goals, two good goals from Stranraer’s point of view, but we should have stopped the cross for the first one, it was a great finish from Scott Agnew. I’m really disappointed at the free kick which lead to the second goal, Jason Marr slides in, wins the ball, it actually goes back the way and a free kick is awarded, he gets booked and then Willie Gibson has that in his locker, it was a great strike you can’t take that away from him, but I’m a bit deflated, we bossed the first half, I don’t think we played particularly great in the second half but at the same time the boys showed great determination and character but far too often lately we have been allowing the opposition the first goal, then we have had to dig deep to get ourselves back into games. When we got ourselves back to 2-2 we had another couple of chances where we could have nicked it but I think over the whole piece a draw was probably a fair result.
Iain Flannigan was missing tonight, he picked up a knock at Peterhead, he has a dead leg which he wasn’t able to shake off, I’m hoping he might be fit for Saturday. Kevin Cawley came back into the side, he was missing at Peterhead after picking up ankle knock in training. We have plenty of options, Steven Hetherington is also back in the squad but we would like to bring him back a little bit at a time. We will look forward to the transfer window and do our best at strengthening the side, I would like to bring in two or three more players, but only if they add quality, it will not be the case just to make up numbers they would need to add value to the side, but everybody out there is trying to do the same thing so we are fishing in a small pond at the minute but we will do everything we can to bring in the right people.