St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin reckons his side deserved their point against Motherwell on Saturday.
The Buddies were 1-0 down to a Devante Cole effort heading into the final stages of the match before they were awarded a controversial penalty. Lee Erwin was deemed to have been fouled in the box by referee Bobby Madden, Jamie McGrath scoring to seal a point.
New Well boss Graham Alexander claimed there was a lot of ‘noise’ from the Buddies bench whenever a challenge was put in – but Goodwin didn’t want to get drawn in as he reflected on the match.
The St Mirren manager said: “Does he mean me!? I certainly claim for everything. I shout too much on the sideline, I know that. You want any break of the ball you can get. We knew this was going to be a difficult game because you’re facing a team with a new manager.
“You know the players are going to give him a reaction and I thought the Motherwell players did that. We got the penalty, which I definitely thought was a penalty at the time. I haven’t seen it again but I definitely heard a sound, a contact.
“Bobby Madden is a top referee, hence he was chosen for the Old Firm a couple of weeks ago. In my opinion, he’s one of the best in the country. I thought he had a decent game. If he hasn’t made the right decision on this occasion, I’m sure he will be the first one to hold his hands up.
“I certainly felt Lee Erwin had himself between the ball and the defender. It sounded like the defender kicked through the back of his calf. You could hear the boot making contact. At the time, I thought it was a penalty.
“We’ve had to come back from a goal down to get a draw and the players have shown good character. We’ve only lost two in 16, so it’s a decent point. Motherwell are a good team. It’s the same squad that finished third in the league last season. I would expect them with Graham Alexander in charge to start climbing the table.
“Jak Alnwick makes a good save from a dangerous ball in and we felt like a goal was coming. Motherwell were on top at that point. I was actually quite happy to get in at 1-0 because I didn’t think we looked like what we’re capable of.
“Second half we were much better and I think we controlled the majority of it. Over the piece I think the point was fair.”