Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson gives his thoughts on his sides 1-0 away win over Bo’ness United at Newtown Park on Saturday.
The win confirms Broughty Athletic are a Super League team for next season but with four games to play, but the manager is looking for his side to climb higher in the league than the ninth position they currently sit in. Read below what he had to say on the win…
“Firstly, I would like to start off by saying Brian Clark couldn’t make the trip to Bo’ness… So on behalf of myself and everyone at the club, we are all thinking of Brian and his family during this tragic and difficult time for them all…”
I was delighted to come away from Bo’ness with the three points on Saturday after our 1-0 win and I was also delighted with the performance individually and collectively as a team. We put demands on the players before the game to finish with as many points this season after our midweek win over Tayport. It would be easy for the players to switch off and think the job was done but we’ve got a really good group here and it has shown how much we have come on this season.
I felt in the first half that we got the ball down and played some really good football but we never really threatened the Bo’ness goal apart from an excellent run and cross from Paul McClellan which I think we should have scored from and a couple of other half chances. Although we had a lot of possession Bo’ness had the two best chances of the first half and probably should have gone in at half-time ahead.
We started the second half really well and we changed the shape slightly to try and exploit Bo’ness, our goal came from a great tackle from Jamie McCunnie then excellent individual play from Stewart McConnachie (pictured left) who glided past two defenders before cutting back for Kevin Buchan, who finished very well for the goal. We probably should have had further goals shortly after that but the ball just never fell kindly for Stewart despite his best efforts.
Our game management again this week was excellent in terms of seeing the game out which I think we have improved on massively as the season has gone on. It was great to get back to back clean sheets also. Derryn Kesson came on for the last 15 minutes which was great to get him some more match experience. We have four league games left and a quarter-final, if we can get the same application and performance from now until the end of the season we won’t be far away from a mid-table finish which would be a great achievement for the club…”