BAJFC manager Keith Gibson speaks of his delight at leaving Penicuik Park with a point on Saturday and how the squad is turning a corner in their performances. Read below what he had to say…
“Saturday’s game was always going to be a tough one as Penicuik is always a hard place to go and get a positive result, plus they’ve also been on a great run recently. I felt there was a lot of positives to take from last week’s performance in our narrow defeat at home to Bo’ness and we went with the same starting eleven.
We actually started the game quite well and put Penicuik under some pressure early on but we lost a goal after just 6 minutes. It was really frustrating as we knew Penicuik play a lot of long balls from wide areas into their strikers and that’s where the goal came from. It was disappointing to lose the goal but we got a great response and a deserved penalty after a great run from Paul McLellan, pictured left, then Ross McCord stuck it into the bottom corner to bring us back level. As the game settled down we pressed well in areas, dealt with long balls into their strikers and the corners against us. We created some decent chances through counter attacks and our transition from back to front was excellent and we had our fair share of corners in the first half also. We played some decent stuff in spells and I felt we limited Penicuik in terms of clear-cut chances in the first half.
The second half was much the same as the first in terms of the way it went, our keeper Iain Ross pulled off two excellent saves in the second half and we were under a bit of pressure but away from home in the Super League you have to deal with this and I felt our attitude and desire got us through this spell in the second half. I felt we finished the game strong and we could have nicked a win in the closing stages. All in all a draw was probably a fair result today. If you asked me before the game, I’d probably have taken a draw before a ball was kicked. Obviously, we want to win every game we play but in this league, if you can avoid getting beat in you’re away games it’s a positive.
Again I felt our overall performance improved from the previous week, there was a real togetherness, trust and desire from the players during the game. The players were gutted at not being able to win the game but if we can keep producing this level of performance the wins in the league will come. We have players returning from injury in the next week or so and this will give the squad a boost. Jamie Winter played the last 30 minutes and it was probably earlier than we would have liked to get him involved but Frankie Lannen was running the risk of getting a second yellow so we had no option but to put Jamie on but this won’t have done him any harm in his recovery from injury.
We have a huge game for the club next week on and off the pitch in the quarter-finals of the GA Engineering Cup against Hermes. On the park, we are well aware of how hard this game will be as Hermes have beaten Jeanfield Swifts and Forfar West End in cup competitions already this season but as always we’ll be prepared for it. Off the park the club is holding Matchday Hospitality at our sponsor’s pub, the Boars Rock, so in all, it should be a good day at Whitton Park for all that come along…”