St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has no doubt that goalkeeper Dean Lyness will be able to deal with the pressure of starting his first league game of the season against Kilmarnock this afternoon.
Lyness replaced Jak Alnwick in goals against Hibernian on Tuesday when the St Mirren number one was sent-off. Even though Lyness conceded two goals Goodwin though he performed well. Therefore, he is confident that the goalkeeper can handle the occasion.
“I thought Dean was excellent when he came on (against Hibernian). He was really assured and gave the backline some real confidence” he said.
“Within half a minute of being on the park he had to face a long distance shot and he done really well just to get a hold of it, and that gave him a little bit of confidence. I thought his distribution and his kicking and everything was spot on” Goodwin continued.
Fortunate to have two capable goalkeepers
The St Mirren manager considers himself fortunate that he feels he has two more than capable goalkeepers battling it out for the position at the club.
“I’m very fortunate that way. When I look at some of the other teams out there who have got a real recognised number one, and then they’ve got a young kid on the bench as backup.
“We’re quite fortunate that way that we’ve got a really good, experienced number two, who since I’ve been here has been absolutely outstanding in training, and in any time we’ve had to call upon him he’s never let us down. I’m very fortunate to have that option” Goodwin concluded.