Broughty Athletic gaffer Keith Gibson gives us his thoughts on his sides 5-1 thumping of Brechin Vics in the preliminary round of the GA Engineering Cup on Saturday. Read below what he had to say…
“Saturday’s game away to Brechin Vics was a potential banana skin as we found out last season against them, we drew 0-0 but scraped through after a penalty shootout win, so it was great to get the win and how convincingly we did it. I made seven changes to the team from the win over Hill of Beath at home last Saturday as I felt it was a good opportunity to rotate the squad and give some of the players some much-needed game time. It just shows you the strength and depth we have in the squad this year as it was still a really strong starting line-up.
Credit to the players as some of the stuff we played in the first half was a joy to watch, our tempo and how quick we moved the ball caused Brechin problems. We knew we would have to be patient and we were up until the first goal, it was a great cross from Stewart McConnachie and a good headed finish from James Collier for the first of his hat-trick. There was some great link up play in the first half and for me, Ryan Suttie’s goal was one of the best we’ve scored this season, after keeping the ball for a spell Danny Cavanagh played a great pass into James Collier and Ryan (pictured left) timed his run perfectly and finished well.
At half-time we asked the players to keep the tempo up and to keep moving the ball sharply, we made a couple of changes also. To be honest we started the 2nd half really slack and we lost a sloppy goal through lack of concentration which was really disappointing. It took us 10/15 minutes to get back in our stride and we scored another good goal through a great strike from James Yates. We created a few more chances in the 2nd half but to be honest we never really got up to the level of performance we produced in the first half.
Summing up, to go away from home in a cup tie and to get a 5-1 win we’re absolutely delighted and it keeps the momentum going with our 5th win in a row between league and cup games, an achievement the club hasn’t had for a while. You can see the confidence we have just now but I still feel we can play better, again I’ve been saying it for weeks that we’ll take one game at a time.
We’ll have a tough training session again on Tuesday as I feel our fitness levels have played a part in our good start to the season and as always train at a high tempo. Those that sat out the game (picture above) either rested or through a niggling injury will be gunning for a starting place next week as we welcome Penicuik Athletic to Whitton Park in what will be a very hard game, they have started the season really well, but the players will be ready and I have a couple of decisions to make for team selection after some good performances yesterday…”