Jim Goodwin is happy to have progressed into the Scottish Cup quarter finals- but he’s been left a tad red in the face over how St Mirren performed in the second half against Motherwell.
An incredible game at Fir Park had a positive Buddies outcome as they won 3-2 on penalties after a 4-4 draw. Two from Jon Obika, one from Sam Foley and a Peter Hartley own goal had Goodwin’s men in unchartered territory before half time.
A Liam Polworth goal looked to just be a consolation on a night to forget for Motherwell but they fought back. Tony Watt brought it to 4-2 before crosses from Rolando Aarons and Allan Campbell somehow ended up in the net within a minute of each other.
The game eventually went to extra time and then spot kicks. It was Motherwell who blinked in the end, with Jermaine Hylton’s penalty over the bar and into the Davie Cooper sealing Buddies cup progression.
There’s plenty of good and bad for Goodwin to digest but he’s just happy to be in the last eight of the Scottish Cup: “First half was so good and could have potentially been better.
“We spoke at half time and we knew that Motherwell had nothing to lose, they were going to throw everything at it. I give them credit. Stephen Robinson had a laugh with me because I hadn’t a clue, I couldn’t work out what system they were playing. It was incredible, from our point of view, a little bit naive.
“We invited wave after wave of attack and when it goes to 4-4 you’re fearing the worst. But I have to give credit to my players at that stage because there was still plenty of time left on the clock and it would have been very easy to just think it wasn’t going to be our night.
“Relief is probably the main emotion right now, slightly embarrassed about the second half. But the bottom line is we are in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup and we’re happy to be there.”
Goodwin also discussed what he told his players ahead of the spot kicks: “It was just all the usual stuff, have no fear, believe in yourself, don’t change your mind, all that carry on.
“I didn’t want anyone messing up and trying paneka’s. Just put your foot through the ball and hit the back of the net, it’s as simple as that. I’ll probably enjoy it tomorrow but right now I’m just relieved.”