Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson gives his thoughts on last night’s 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Hill of Beath at Keirs Park in the Super League.

Looking back, the gaffer takes responsibility for the weakened side he fielded due to players missing the trip either through work commitments or injury. Read below what he had to say…

“Looking back at last night’s game, I have to take some responsibility for it and in hindsight probably made too many changes. I made 7 changes from Saturdays team, with 5 of our 17-year-olds in the starting lineup, a trialist who was helping us out and Frankie Lannen starting his first game in about 5 months due to injury. We had 8 players unavailable for last night’s game and with a schedule of 5 games in 12 days my hands were tied to a certain extent in terms of team selection.

I don’t regret starting with our younger players as it gave myself and my coaching staff a good look at the boys in a competitive game. It also gave the boys a taste of what it’s like and how big the step up is from playing with their boy’s club on a Sunday. Yes the boys made mistakes last night but they will learn and grow from this experience and in general, I felt they all done okay.

In the game itself, we can’t lose the goals that we did, out of the 5 that we lost I feel that they were preventable due to not matching runners, giving away cheap possession and lack of concentration. It doesn’t matter what level you’re playing at you can’t give away cheap goals, we actually had some decent chances but again a lack of cutting edge prevented us from scoring. The only thing that we can do is try and take positives from last night and for me the young lads getting competitive game experience was good for their development and Frankie Lannen who has had a long lay off with his foot injury got 90 minutes under his belt.

A special mention of thanks has to go to our trialist for the night, Steven McPhee, he came in at the last minute and he worked tirelessly all night putting in a great shift for us and was unlucky not to score.

We have another game Wednesday night away to Camelon this time so again I will need to asses who will be available for this and hopefully we can get a positive performance from the players I put on the park…”