Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson gives us his thoughts on his side’s terrific 2-1 away win over Linlithgow Rose at Prestonfield Park on Saturday in the opening Super League fixture of the new 2016/17 season.
Read below what Keith had to say on the game, the goals and the players…
“It was great to get back to competitive football yesterday after a good pre-season. I feel last season was a positive one and we’re keen to build upon that. I’m really happy with the players that we’ve brought in over the close season and they add real competition to our squad.
You couldn’t have asked for a tougher first game of the season but I along with my coaching staff and players felt we could come here and get a positive result. I spoke with the players on Thursday and before the game on how we wanted to set up and approach the game.
In the first half, our shape and discipline were excellent and we limited Linlithgow a couple of efforts, the only disappointing thing is I felt we could have kept the ball better at times and threatened the Linlithgow goal more as I feel we only had one real chance through a James Collier header.
At halftime, we stressed to the players that if we kept the ball better and looked to get in behind Linlithgow we could get something out of the game. We started the second half brightly and looked more dangerous going forward, when we scored our first goal through a Jamie McCunnie(pic above) penalty I felt that the momentum was with us. After the goal, it gave the players real confidence and we played some really good stuff and our transition from back to front was excellent with the pace we have in the team. We scored and excellent second goal through a solo effort from Jamie Winter(pic below) and again no one could grudge us our two goal lead. We were unlucky not to score a third but with 5 minutes to go we gave away a sloppy penalty after switching off from a set piece.
Overall, I’m absolutely delighted with the result and performance, individually and collectively the players stuck to their tasks and there is a real togetherness within the players and this showed in the performance, the players worked so hard and they got their reward.
Although we got a great result at Linlithgow, we’ll need to work even harder in our next two home games against Jeanfield Swifts and Fauldhouse, both of these teams beat us at Whitton Park last season and they are both good sides. We’ll have the players in on Monday evening for training in preparation for the Jeanfield game come Wednesday…”
Broughty welcome newly promoted Jeanfield Swifts to Whitton Park on Wednesday night in their first home game of the season, kick-off is at 7pm. Admission prices are £6 for Adults and £3 for Kids/OAP’s. The club kiosk will also be in operation for those wanting to grab a bite to eat.