Alloa goalkeeper Neil Party made his 100th appearance for the Wasps at East End Park on Saturday as Jim Goodwin’s side drew 0-0 with the Pars.
Speaking to the press following the draw in Fife, former St Mirren midfielder Goodwin commented;
“For me, he is one of the best goalkeeper’s out with of the Premiership: I don’t care what anybody else says; his distribution is excellent, but, more than anything, his presence there at the back gives the boys confidence. He comes for crosses all the time – he is brave like that.
You can see from the first-half today that he has nothing much to do, but, when Dunfermline did create a chance, he was quick off his line and made a great save. He is invaluable to the club and what I’d say is, we have a core to the squad who have been here for a long time: Andy Graham, [Iain] Flannigan, [Scott] Taggart, [Kevin] Cawley; even Spenny [Greig Spence] coming back – we’ve got a lot of players who are committed to Alloa and love this club; they love playing for this club and it is great that Neil has got to this milestone with us.”
Looking at the match and season so far overall, Goodwin was satisfied with another point, taking the part-timers to 3 points from their opening 5 matches. However, the player-manager was left with a tinge of frustration that their tally could be so much greater.
“I think a point in this league, particularly on the road, is always a good point, but, over the whole piece – and I’m not saying we dominated – I felt we had enough chances to win the match. In the opening 5 games, we aren’t scoring enough goals: on the flop side of that, we defenced brilliantly, as a whole team. What people don’t always see is the work rate and commitment that the boys up front do and that’s why we made the changes that we did, just to try freshen things up a bit. Overall, another fantastic team effort.
We only train 2 hours on a Tuesday and 2 hours on a Thursday, so, that is frightening. We give the guys a sheet for things for them to do on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but, that is their responsibility. I’m not willing to play 5-4-1, park the bus and soak up pressure. That is 4 games undefeated now which is phenomenal for a part-time team in this division: I’m delighted.”