Dundee United: Jackie McNamara criticises St Mirren's Jim Goodwin

Jim Goodwin and Stuart Armstrong

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara was unhappy St Mirren's Jim Goodwin escaped a red card in the Tangerines' 4-1 defeat.

Buddies captain Goodwin was substituted just before half-time against United on Boxing Day.

However, McNamara felt he was lucky not to be sent off prior to that.

"For me he should have been off long before that, for the amount and types of fouls he carried out in the match," McNamara told BBC Scotland.

It is not the first time this season that Goodwin has upset opposition bosses.

Ross County boss Derek Adams left fuming that the 32-year-old was allowed to stay on the park against the Staggies back in November.

McNamara was equally bemused that the Irishman was not dismissed before his substitution leading up to the interval.

"There were a few other challenges in the match which I was unhappy about," he said.

"I think you see that when the manager [Danny Lennon] takes him off a few minutes before half-time.

"Some of the tackles on the players I wasn't too happy with today."

It was United's first defeat in seven games, but McNamara felt they were unlucky not take something from St Mirren Park.

Steven Thompson and John McGinn had given Saints a two-goal lead, but Nadir Ciftci gave United a glimmer of hope.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men when Keith Watson was shown a straight red card. Goals from Jason Naismith and Thompson sealed the victory.

"A number of things went wrong today," McNamara continued. "I'm disappointed with the first couple of goals we lost, which came from a switch-off at a throw-in and a break of the ball.

"We got ourselves back into it before half-time and I felt confident we could go on to win the match.

"In the second half their 'keeper had three or four excellent saves and the sending-off kills us. We put two up front and changed the shape a little bit and we went for it and got penalised on the break.

"I don't have any problems with the sending-off, but I don't think there was any malice in it. He's off the ground a little bit. I don't think it is one I feel we can appeal.

"We are not the finished article. I'm learning every week and so are the players. They are trying to do things properly and play football even at the back.

"We've had a lot of plaudits recently, but nobody is getting carried away. We've come good in the last few months after a tricky start, but we'll come again."

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