Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson was delighted with his side’s 2-1 away win over Tayport in the 1st round of the GA Engineering Cup on Saturday.
Reflecting back on the game, here’s what he had to say on the victory…
“I’m delighted with the win, especially with our second half performance seeing as we had not had a competitive game for three weeks. The first half we created a really good chance inside thirty seconds but from then onwards we never really threatened the Tayport goal until our freak equalizer. We did get into some really good positions in the final third of the pitch, but our decision making or choice of pass let us down. Fair play to Tayport who put us under a bit of pressure in the first half, to a point where they had 7 or 8 corners in a row. But credit to my players, they defended really well when put under pressure. We were probably a bit fortunate to go in at halftime 1-1, but credits got to go to Paul McLellan for chasing down a lost cause as he managed to get our equalizing goal from nowhere.
I stressed to the players at halftime that we had to raise our game individually and that we had to start the second half well from the first whistle, and we did that by scoring what turned out to be the winner within the first minute courtesy of Kevin Buchan’s low strike.
The most pleasing thing from the game was the way the player’s managed the second half as we have been in winning positions previously this season only to go on and either drawn or lose the games. We’ve spoken to the players regarding game management and how we should see games through when in a winning position and I felt we done that really well against Tayport after we changed the team shape and we finally secured back to back victories for the first time this season, both happen to be against Tayport.
The only criticism from the game would be that we never killed off our hosts given the couple of excellent chances we had in front of goal but overall I’m delighted to be in the next round where we face either Colony Park or Stonehaven Juniors in the next round. More importantly, we must take the confidence into next Saturday’s massive fixture away to Carnoustie Panmure in the Super League…”