Broughty Athletic manager Jamie McCunnie wasn’t too critical of his sides defeat to league leaders Penicuik Athletic on Saturday, saying the loss disappointed him but not the performance of the team. Read below what he said on the game…

“Strangely enough. I have mixed feelings after Saturday’s game against Penicuik Athletic. We knew it was going to be a hard game as they are deservedly top of the Super League but in my opinion, we showed them far too much respect in the first half, we stood off them and allowed them to dictate play throughout the half and we eventually lost a goal on the half-hour mark.

But my thoughts and views change for the second half performance as we came out and really had a go at them, full on. We managed to score a well-worked goal after Brian Clark played in young Derryn Kesson who took it really well and deservedly equalized for us. Despite them going ahead five minutes later we had them pinned back for periods of the second half but just couldn’t find that equaliser we deserved.

I’m obviously disappointed with the 2-1 result but certainly not the second half performance from the lads, they showed great character and really deserved something from the game I thought. Hopefully this week we have a few of our experienced players back training and available for selection this weekend or next and we can get back to winning ways. Next week we are away from home again, this time at Newtongrange Star, a tough place to go, I think we drew there last season, and we’ll need to make sure we start the game well this time and better than we did on Saturday if we are to give ourselves a fighting chance of bringing the points home.

Some of the lads missing, the likes of our captain Graham Hay, Fraser Smith (pictured) and goalkeeper big Chris McPherson, are experienced players for us and they all definitely help the younger boys in the team through difficult periods and with their experience in the team it allows the younger players to really go and express themselves in a game…

Broughty head to Victoria Park, home of Newtongrange Star on Saturday in the league with kick off scheduled for 2-30pm.