Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson gave his thoughts on his side’s 4-3 home loss to near neighbours Carnoustie Panmure on Saturday, in doing so the club suffered its first defeat at Whitton Park this season in the process.
Read below what he had to say…
“Going into Saturday’s game we always knew it was going to be a tough one even after beating Carnoustie in our previous 3 league games. In derby games, you need to be willing to do the dirty side of the game if you want to get anything out of it but we simply never done this for the first 30 minutes of the match, Carnoustie were first to everything and looked hungrier than us.
Once we got the goal we settled down and were actually beginning to build a bit of momentum but then a crazy 4 minutes before half time saw us go in 3-1 down. In the first half, we both created 7 chances each but we hit the bar twice and the post, this was with us being nowhere near at our best! The goals we lost were criminal with individual errors contributing to that, all the players will make mistakes throughout the season but it’s just unfortunate we were punished with conceding 3 goals in the first half.
At half time I was still confident we could still take something from the game and the players responded excellently in the second half with Jay Smart netting twice for us. For me, we controlled large parts of the second half and had some great passages of play while dominating possession. Going into the last 10 minutes we looked so comfortable and didn’t look like conceding but again with 2 minutes to go we switch off and got punished with Carnoustie’s 2nd shot on target in the second half.
Although we came away with nothing on Saturday we can take a lot of positives from the second half performance, the players showed great character to get back into the game but we’ll have to address why we started the game so poorly and take a look at the goals we lost and work on that.
After 10 league games, I’m really happy with our start as we sit second top, but we need to work even harder to build upon this, the players have been a credit with the way they have trained and played and hopefully this little set back will make us stronger.
You have to give credit to Carnoustie and I’d like to wish Alan all the best for the remainder of the season. We now go into 2 cup games, firstly next week at home to Blairgowrie in the GA Cup, then the following week away to Johnstone Burgh in the Scottish Cup, which will again be very difficult games but we want to do well in all competitions this season and the players know this…”