DEREK Adams launched a remarkable attack on St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin and the match officials as nine-man Ross County lost in Paisley.
The outspoken County manager was furious that Goodwin was not booked during the game and got away with a clear handball offence in the final minute. And he inferred that referee Willie Collum and his assistant Charlie Smith turned a blind eye to the incident. Adams said: “Jim Goodwin wasn’t playing today, was he? Seven or eight fouls and never got a booking. He handled the ball last week, and he handled the ball this week. So I don’t think he plays football any more. The referees don’t actually see Jim Goodwin. That must be a great thing as how he got through the game without being booked is actually terrible. He walks about the park, kicks lumps out of people and fouls and nothing happens. I know the observers have looked at it, I’ve spoken to them after the game. They’ve noted it down. They couldn’t believe it wasn’t a penalty and that Jim Goodwin wasn’t booked.
“I don’t want to get players booked but he deserved to be booked. In the first game he went through Melvin de Leeuw a few times and nothing happened and today…well, he’s like a ghost. We were losing 2-0 here the last time – does that go through their (the match officials) minds? We were 2-1 down and down to nine men, we get a penalty and then make it 2-2 – the whole of Paisley would have gone mental. The players feel like they’re not getting the breaks.”
The Adams attack diverted the attention away from St Mirren’s fourth win in five matches and Danny Lennon, the Buddies manager, suggested that the County boss should be more concerned with his own team. Lennon said: “Derek will have his own opinions and any other manager should concentrate on their own side and nothing more. Jim is a competitive player, it is his make-up and I have no comment on what was said.”
Lennon conceded that St Mirren were perhaps fortuitous with the penalty decision but argued that they deserved the break. He said: “I am led to believe it was a handball, but we have been on the back of some decisions like that ourselves. If it is our turn to get that wee bit of luck then it is certainly not overdue.”