David Praises Gritty Performance

Mon, 12th Mar 2018 7:05pm

David Goodwillie spoke to the press following Clyde’s tight 3-2 victory away to Stenhousemuir on Saturday.

The in-form striker scored twice on the day which proved vital as The Bully Wee held on for all three points.

"I think we managed the game very well in the first half," he said. "In the second half we started well again but after we got the third goal I think we maybe switched off a bit. They brought on their two subs and we needed to be ready for that. You need to make a change at any moment and the manager has told us that.

"In fairness to Stenhousemuir, they never gave up and kept going, putting us under a lot of pressure which we had to soak up and manage the game better."

David compared the attitude displayed in the match to the victory over Edinburgh City last month:-

"I think today was the grittiest performance we've had this season, as we had to grind it out. It reminded me of the Edinburgh game at home when we went 2-0 up before they brought it back level. Eventually we made it 3-2 again but we had to just get on with it and keep fighting away - thankfully we did that again today.

"Blair Currie got us out of trouble twice which shows you how good a goalkeeper he is as well."

Speaking about the recent turnaround in form for Clyde, the former Scotland international praised manager, Danny Lennon:-

"Since Danny's come in, he's given us a bit more confidence in ourselves, as we were on a bad run before. I felt at the beginning of the season we could have pushed and made a stronger challenge for promotion, but unfortunately it didn’t go that way and it hit our confidence a wee bit.

"The last time we played at Ochilview it was a tough first half for us. They should probably have been up by a few in the first half but then we started to come into the game and we looked the stronger team in the second half. We’re all happy to go one better today."

Goodwillie scored his 20th and 21st goal of the season during the game, and he was asked about his excellent second goal:-

"The defenders had been getting tight to me all game, so I was having to think about what I could do different to get away from them. It was just off the cuff; I thought if I let the ball run, he’s going to be tight to me and thankfully it worked out that way."

The 28-year-old concluded by praising the travelling support, who he said helped the team to hold onto the lead until the final whistle:-

"The fans really help to push us on, especially when the game's tough and our back is against the wall. We just had to manage it and be as professional as we could and I'm thankful we got over the line at the end."

Picture by Tom Frame