Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson gives us his thoughts on his sides 2-1 home defeat to current Super League leaders Bonnyrigg Rose on Saturday.In a game where the Fed let at halftime only to concede two goals in the space of two minutes midway through the second half, gaffer Keith Gibson thought his side more than matched the current league leaders. Read below what he had to say…
“Going into Saturday’s game against Bonnyrigg, we were well aware it was going to be a tough game and we were forced to make a change with Jamie McCunnie being unavailable with Grant Lawson stepping into his right-back position and slightly changed our formation from Wednesday night’s victory over Carnoustie.
In general, I thought there wasn’t much in the game and we went into half-time ahead after a really good free-kick goal from Jamie Winter (pictured left). In the first half, our shape was really good and you could see that Bonnyrigg were getting frustrated by it. They are a big threat from set pieces and they put us under a bit of pressure from this but we defended well and more than matched them across the pitch.
At half-time, we spoke with the players and told them the importance of keeping our good shape going into the 2nd half. Initially, I felt we did this but Bonnyrigg were coming more and more into the game and got their goal from us giving away a cheap free kick and not reacting to a great save from Iain Ross. We then totally switched off and gave the ball away from the kick-off which resulted in Bonnyrigg scoring their second goal. This was really disappointing to lose a second goal only a minute after conceding the first. We huffed and puffed but didn’t do enough to get back into the game and to be honest we never really got going.
We have nine league games left and we need to treat them like cup finals if we want to secure our Super League status for next season. We play St Andrews United at home on Wednesday night which is going to be another massive game for the club…”