BAJFC manager Keith Gibson gives us his thoughts on yet another defeat, Broughty’s fourth in a row, against Kelty Hearts on Saturday. Read below what he had to say…
“We always knew Saturday’s game at leaders Kelty Hearts was going to be a tough game but we set up with a positive formation as I felt we could get something from the game. We stressed to the players in training and before the game about keeping a good shape and the players sticking to their individual and collective tasks.
We had a game plan to give ourselves every opportunity in the game and keeping things tight but after 15 minutes or so we found ourselves 2-0 down. Although the first goal was a great strike we should have done better in the lead up to it, as for the second goal, it was embarrassing from our point of view, scoring from a free header from a corner.We weren’t at the races in the first half with us being nowhere near the performance level we are capable of playing at. The only positive was that we only went in 2-0 down.
At half-time, we changed the shape slightly and after a few choice words, and I feel we got a good reaction in the second half but again we conceded another goal after we gave away possession in Kelty’s final third. We got a lifeline through a penalty, Ross McCord putting it away, and a sending off and there was still well over 15 minutes to go with having a one man advantage. We missed a great chance a couple of minutes after we scored and if that had gone in it maybe would have been a different story. But we ourselves were reduced to ten men, with Paul McLellan getting sent off so the game was over.
The damage was done in the first half as we had an uphill task after losing the two early goals. We’ve had probably the two toughest away games you’re going to have in consecutive weeks, last week away to Bo’ness United and then Kelty and although I’ve not been happy with the results and performances we need to stay positive.
We have a massive Scottish Cup 3rd round game coming up which will be a real test against a very good Downfield side this Saturday. We’re going through a tough spell after starting the season so positively but I have the belief in the squad of players we have to get us through this. The team spirit this season has been great and we will need this more than ever to get back to winning ways, starting hopefully this Saturday against Downfield…”