The dismissal of Craig Levein as first-team boss was compounded by a 3-0 defeat to Rangers in the League Cup semi-final. It rounded off a pretty miserable week in Gorgie.
Without a home win since March, tensions are high at Tynecastle. Goodwin believes that could work to St Mirren’s adavantge.
He told the Paisley Daily Express (backpage, 07/11/19): “We always speak about the first 15 to 20 minutes away from home being vital. If you can get a good start in a game like that, the fans do turn on the players and then it’s about whether the players can handle the pressure.
“That’s always the case regardless, but maybe even more so with the predicament Hearts are in. The fans are demanding and they have their wish now with Craig Levein no longer the manager. It’s all well and good getting rid of the manager, but the players need to take some responsibility.
“They’ll be expecting a big performance. Hearts fans demand that anyway and we’re ready for that. If we go there and play the way we can — and get them on the players’ backs — we’ll use that to our advantage.”
Hearts need a St Mirren win but Goodwin has other ideas
If Hearts don’t manage to beat St Mirren they will go bottom of the league. It’s a predicament that they will want to avoid, especially their intereim boss Austin MacPhee, who is bidding to become permanent manager.
Having not won at home since March is a pretty poor stat for a club like Hearts and the streak has to end sometime soon. When you compare the size of Hearts to St Mirren, they should be favoured on home soil.
Goodwin will fancy his chances though given the Jambos’ recent issues. If he does get the first goal and his defence manages to hold firm like they have managed to do in recent weeks, this game could swing in his favour.
Buddies boss Goodwin certainly seems keen to pile the pressure on an under pressure Hearts side.