BAJFC manager Keith Gibson was a happy man despite his side’s 3-2 East of Scotland cup defeat at the hands of Broxburn Athletic on Saturday. Read below what he had to say…
“Normally after a defeat on a Saturday, I’d be disappointed but I was extremely happy with our overall performance during the game. Of course, we wanted to win the game and overall we certainly never deserved to get beat but that’s football at times.
Our preparation for the game was a bit hectic arriving 50 minutes before kick off but sometimes this can work in your favour. In the first half, we played some really good football and passed the ball very well. Our link up play was excellent and we caused Broxburn problems offensively. We lost the first goal through a great strike but I felt we could have put more pressure on the ball. We got a good response from the players and deservedly got our equaliser through an excellent finish from Stewart McConnachie.
At halftime, we stressed to the players to keep playing at a tempo and to keep moving the ball sharply. Broxburn put us under pressure early on in the second half and we defended five corners in a row but after this, I felt we controlled the game again. The turning point was the dubious penalty that Broxburn were awarded, the less I say about it the better as I would probably end up getting in trouble. I felt we were in control of the game until we conceded the penalty but to be honest this spurred us on and the equaliser we scored was a really well-worked move and finished off well by Jamie Winter. After equalising I felt we could have gone on to win the game but after a mix up in our defence we presented Broxburn with a chance and to be fair their player finished well from 25 yards.
We came close to equalising through Grant Lawson late on but his shot was blocked on the line and our keeper Iain Ross once again pulled off the saves at crucial times. The player’s attitude and work rate were excellent and at times our play was a joy to watch and exciting but ultimately we lost the game and sometimes you don’t get what you deserve but as I said earlier the performance was there and there are lots of positives to take from today. We can now concentrate on our remaining league games and the GA cup semi-final against Violet.
The players all performed well and I don’t like singling out players but Stewart McConnachie was excellent for us yesterday from start to finish, I’ve probably been really harsh on him this season in terms of him not starting as many games as he’d of liked but his attitude in training and the games he has come on in has been excellent. He scored a great goal yesterday and his general play was great. We put a lot into yesterday’s game and we’ve got a few players with knocks so we’ll have a light session on Tuesday and assess the squad ahead of another big game in the Super League against Newtongrange Star this Saturday at Whitton Park…”