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Goodwin's ultimatum to his forwards

Thu 10 December 2020 | 18:08

Goodwin believes that his attackers should score more goals.

St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has warned his strikers that they will look for other options if they do not start scoring soon.

St Mirren has a poor scoring record and has scored just eight goals in 15 games in the Scottish league, the lowest number among league teams. Only 4 out of 8 goals were scored during the game, but Goodwin believes that his team creates many opportunities during the game and should score more goals.

“Obviously we’re disappointed with the fact we’re the league’s lowest scorers because I believe we’ve got some very good players in the forward areas and I believe we’re now creating more opportunities than we ever have done."

said the Irish manager

“We’re aware of it and while I don’t want to bog the strikers down with unnecessary pressure, ultimately as a centre-forward you’re paid to put the ball in the back of the net. It’s as simple as that.

“If you’re not assisting and not scoring then you’re not really contributing.

“So we need to start being a bit tougher on each other and start being ruthless. That’s the bottom line.

“We need to put teams to the sword because our defensive record, without the six goals that we got chucked on by the disciplinary panel, is in the league’s top four.

“We’re doing well at one end, we need to do much better at the other. It’s as simple as that.

“The league is very tight but we can’t keep failing to kill teams off and that was the main message to the boys this morning.

“The game against Aberdeen last week and the Dundee United match last month, they were both two points dropped because we dominated but didn’t

convert.

“Those four points could have put a totally different reflection on the table.

“We’re always looking to strengthen the squad. We can’t stand still or be satisfied with what we’ve got. We have to be on the lookout for better players than what we’ve got.

“I’ve been extremely fair to the group that’s here. I’ve shown a lot of faith, trust and confidence in a lot of them. But we need to start scoring goals and if the guys here aren’t doing that we’ll need to look for someone else who can.”

Despite a poor scoring record, St Mirren have been unbeaten in their last eight games, but after breaking the rules of Covid19, the Scottish Football League decided to penalize them and declare their last game 3-0.

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