Jim Goodwin ‘disappointed’ St Mirren’s Scottish Cup clash with Kelty Hearts snubbed by broadcasters


Saints manager Jim Goodwin admits he is “disappointed” that their Scottish Cup clash with pesky Kings Kelty Hearts has been snubbed by broadcasters.

BBC Scotland and Premier Sports have been able to pick four ties to broadcast live when the fifth round kicks off in just over two weeks.

But today it was announced that St Mirren’s clash with Kevin Thomson’s shock troops, who knocked defending champions St Johnstone out of contention at the previous round last weekend, also did not make the cut to be shown.

Instead, the pair chose the two Old Firm ties, as well as the Hibs trip to face the Arbroath and Dundee clash with Peterhead at Balmoor Stadium.

Goodwin insists it is time for more games to be shown at Paisley to allow the club to showcase its young talent on screens across the country.

He told Renfrewshire Live Sport: “It’s disappointing. In fact, I thought the previous game we had (against Ayr United) would have been a great spectacle for the cameras, because of the atmosphere on that day.”

“We knew that would be generated by the number of fans that we brought and obviously being a fairly local game for both teams.

“It’s always tough for us. Unfortunately, we don’t usually get a lot of live games here in Paisley.

“We want more because I think it gives us an opportunity to showcase some of the good young players that we have in the group.”

St Mirren have four Premiership games to play before the cup tie comes to town, starting with a trip to face struggling Dundee at Dens Park on Saturday.

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Having won his last three matches since returning from winter break, Goodwin admits confidence is high in camp.

But he insists his players will not get carried away as they look to continue in good form this weekend.

Goodwin explained: “We said after the Aberdeen game that winning builds confidence.

“We have a little bit of momentum now right now with three wins in a row.

“But I reminded the guys this morning that the last time we won three in the spin we didn’t win another one after that in eleven games.

“We are not going to get carried away. We just have to remember why we have had the good results that we have.

“It has been hard work and discipline first and foremost, with some very good goals along the way as well.

“You can see with last night’s results, Dundee United had a great win and now they have pulled away from us again after we drew them level on Tuesday night.

“There is going to be a lot of back and forth between now and the end of the season. Last season I probably talked too much about goals and where we wanted to be.

“I’m not taking away from the fact that we still want to be in the top six. We want to be in the mix for that.

“But the message to the players after the break was that we need to play one game at a time. Win, lose or tie, we leave it behind and don’t get carried away.

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“Dundee is extremely difficult for us because they are fighting for their lives. They put an end to the rot in Perth and beat us here 1-0 last time.

“We have to be at our best because they have a very good and experienced team.”


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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