Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson expressed his delight at his side’s 2-1 win away to Dundonald Bluebell on Saturday in the Super League, the Fed’s fifth win in seven games, keeping them in third place in the league table. Read below what he had to say on the game and win…
“Saturday’s result and performance was pleasing for different reasons. The players showed great character and desire to win the game, we played some good football in spells but the most pleasing thing was the togetherness and work rate.
We started the game okay but lost a really sloppy goal from switching off. Dundonald had the momentum for the next 15 minutes after scoring so we changed the shape slightly to try and get back into the game. The last 15 minutes of the first half we really got to grips with the game and dictated the tempo, we got our goal, a penalty by Ross McCord, from us playing on the front foot and our midfield playing a bit higher. After we equalised I felt we finished the first half really well after a poor start after Dundonald scored.
At half-time we asked questions of the players and we got a great response from our second half performance. Our pace and quick transition from back to front caused Dundonald problems and we deservedly took the lead via Matty Adam. After we scored we reverted back to our original shape and we looked solid and hard to break down, we limited Dundonald to strikes from distance and Iain Ross had maybe two saves to make. We still created a few chances on the break but the players showed real grit and determination to go and win the game.
We were missing six players yesterday due to injury, suspension or being unavailable so to come away from a difficult place like Dundonald with three points was great. We keep setting ourselves mini targets and were taking one game at a time. Our thoughts are already on next weeks game, we’ll have hopefully two or three players back for next week’s game and we’ll train hard again this week. Hill Of Beath will be another very difficult game as they have had a good start to the season also.
Another positive is that hopefully Grant Lawson and Frankie Lannen are only a week or two from starting light training, it’s always hard when you’re out injured but it’s been great seeing the injured players at every game and training sessions supporting their teammates. There’s not so good news for Jake Mair though as it looks like he is going to need surgery on his shoulder, I’m absolutely gutted for him as he started the season really well and he’s a big loss to the squad…”