Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson gives us his thoughts on his side’s narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of senior side Montrose FC last night at the GA Arena in the first of two pre-arranged friendlies during the Christmas break. Read below what he had to say…

“I was really happy with our performance in the friendly against Montrose. The main aim and next weeks game were to keep on top of our match sharpness and work on our shape and tonight we done both. In the first half we looked really sharp and played most of the half on the front foot and pressed Montrose very well in the right areas. Defensively we kept our shape very well and we created a few chances and we were ahead courtesy of Grant Lawson’s goal.

At half time we made 5 changes as I’m looking to give the players the same amount of game time over the next two friendlies and it took us a wee while to adjust and get going. Once we settled down we played some decent stuff and probably should have scored a couple of goals. We played the last 25 minutes with 10 men as we had an injury and weren’t allowed to put on a player who had came off. It was frustrating at the time but as an exercise, it was good for us, as Montrose had more possession and we limited them to a few efforts. The goals we lost were disappointing from our point of view and I felt we could have kept possession a bit better, we gave the ball away cheaply on both occasions for the goals we conceded and we got punished, the second being tight on full time.

The tempo of the game was high and the players will really benefit from this in terms of their fitness. We’ll train on Thursday and Hogmanay morning before playing local side Dundee Violet next week. It’s important we train well over this period as it will stand us in good stead going into the first league game of 2017 away against Newtongrange on the 7th of January. I’d like to wish Stewart Petrie and his Montrose side all the best for the rest of the season, he’s had a great start and I’m sure this will continue…”