Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson once again speaks of his delight ofter his sides 1-0 home win over visitors Hill of Beath Hawthorn on Saturday in the Super League, their third win on the trot, a feat that was never achieved last season in their maiden year in the Super League.
Read below what the gaffer had to say on the win, the players and the points gained…
“Another really good performance from us on Saturday and great to get another clean sheet also. We set the players a target of 6 points before the Dundonald Bluebell game two weeks ago and credit to them, they have gone and done it.
Saturday’s game was probably the most comfortable we’ve been in terms of controlling the majority of it. We knew before the game from reports that Hill of Beath would be really stuffy and hard to break down. In the first half we created several chances to score but we just never had the clinical finishing or the cutting edge and we went in at halftime 0-0. Defensively our shape was really good and apart from a couple of corners I can’t remember Hill of Beath really creating anything.
At half time we spoke to the players regarding being patient and to continue to pass the ball well, I did feel that our build up and our play in the final third could have been a bit sharper in the first half and this was something we stressed to the players at half-time. Again in the second half we controlled large parts of the game and created numerous chances, we got the goal through an excellent delivery from Ross McCord and Jay Smart (pictured left) finished really well with his headed goal and I don’t think anyone could have grudged us the lead. As the game went on I felt we needed another goal to kill the game off but again we just lacked that cutting edge.
Overall it was another good performance and three points against a well established Super League team. 19 out of a possible 24 points so far is an excellent start and credit to the full squad for this achievement. The work rate and intensity in training are really paying off but we can’t get carried away, we just need to keep working hard and we’ll see where it takes us. At this point of the season last season, we had 8 points from our opening 8 league games, so we are well ahead of ourselves in terms of bettering our maiden year in the Super League, but there is a long way to go.
We have a break from Super League business next week as we play in the first round of the GA Engineering Cup and it’ll be a chance to involve some of the players who never started against Hill of Heath and possibly rest one or two players who are carrying niggly injuries. I know Charlie King very well and his Brechin Vics side will be a tough test for us as we found out last season, where we were lucky to go through on penalties, but we want to do well in this cup, it’s our owner who sponsors it, after being beaten in the semi-final last season at home to Jeanfield Swifts…”