BAJFC manager Keith Gibson speaks of his side’s 1-0 league defeat to former Super League champions Bo’ness United on Saturday at Whitton Park. The defeat see’s the Fed still searching for a win in the league, a feat that was last managed back at the start of October 2016 against Penicuik Athletic. Read what he had to say below…

“Saturday’s game was probably the first time after a defeat I’ve come away feeling really positive. Yes, we got beat, but for me, our performance was excellent against a good Bo’ness United side.

We set up to be disciplined within our shape and every player took responsibility. The first half was really even and the only criticism I had was that we never worked their goalkeeper, we got into some good positions offensively but our final pass, delivery and decision making let us down. Bo’ness put us under some pressure through corners and a couple of times they created half chances, Iain Ross making one real save, but apart from that, it was evenly matched.

We started the second half very well and the tempo we played at was excellent and we played some really good stuff on a difficult surface. I felt one goal would win the game for either team and unfortunately it was Bo’ness who scored it. We could have dealt with the free kick better and matched the man who scored but these things happen at times. Apart from that, I can’t really remember Bo’ness have a shot at goal. Again we could have worked their keeper more second half but we had some excellent chances through good build up play and deliveries into the box. If our movement was better we could have scored.

Some will say we played against a makeshift Bo’ness defence with four central defenders missing through injury, same could be said about our missing midfield with Danny Cavanagh, Jamie Winter, Jake Mair and Brian Clark all out injured, pity that wasn’t noted, but hey, what do they know! Overall, the player’s attitude and desire were excellent and we kept a really good shape throughout the game. If we can get that level of performance week in week out we’ll pick up positive results. We’ll train hard this week in preparation for a tough away game at Penicuik next week and hopefully, we can build on Saturday’s performance…”