Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson spoke of his disappointment following his side’s exit from the East of Scotland Cup at the hands of fellow Super League side Fauldhouse United on Saturday at Whitton Park. It was the Fed’s last chance of any silverware this season following their exit from the GA Cup to Jeanfield Swifts last month.
Read below what Keith, who is pictured above highlighting his thoughts, had to say about the result and game!…
“After a great result and performance last week at Bo’ness, winning 1-0, I felt quite confident going into Saturday’s game against Fauldhouse. We spoke to the players regarding our previous cup game against Jeanfield, which we lost 2-1, and that we couldn’t afford to have another performance like that.
The players have set high standards this season but the first half performance yesterday wasn’t anywhere near that, we never got up to a tempo, our choice of pass was poor and we never looked to play. Fauldhouse worked hard and got in our faces and yesterday some of our players just couldn’t deal with that. It was made even harder when Jamie Winter was sent off due to sheer frustration on the half hour mark. Jamie has been excellent for us in recent weeks but he let himself down on Saturday.
We got in at half-time 1-0 down but I still believed we could get back into the game in the second half. We had to change the shape slightly and the plan was to stay in the game for as long as possible as I felt we could nick a goal. Sadly it wasn’t to be and we lost a terrible second goal where their striker just waltzed past 3 challenges before scoring. You can’t compensate for this as in the 2nd half I felt we done a bit better in terms of putting Fauldhouse under a bit more pressure and in general they never had many chances in the second half. At 2-0 down and playing with 10 men it was always going to be an uphill task.
The players will know their self individually and collectively that it wasn’t good enough. Overall this season I’ve been fairly happy with our progress, but the way we have gone out the last two cup competitions, a semi-final, and a quarter-final, is really disappointing. We now have four Super League games left and our aim will be to finish as high as possible, starting with a trip to Hill of Beath on Monday, to Camelon on Wednesday then we welcome Musselburgh to Whitton Park next Saturday…”