BAJFC manager Keith Gibson gives us his views following his side’s goalless draw with Super League leaders Kelty Hearts at Whitton Park on Saturday. The draw, Broughty’s second in a row, stretches their recent unbeaten run in the league to five games with draws against Newtongrange Star and Penicuik Athletic and wins over Fauldhouse United and Dundonald Bluebell. Read below what he had to say on the game…
“After last week’s disappointing performance against Newtongrange Star, we needed a big reaction from the players. Kelty have been the front-runners for the majority of the season and we knew we would have to be at our best to take anything from the game.
There have been a few things I think that’s been missing from our game and we spoke about this on Thursday night at training and before the game and the players implemented that yesterday. We changed our shape yesterday and had a game plan to go and get a positive result and the players were disciplined in sticking to this individually and collectively throughout yesterday’s game. The conditions were tricky yesterday with a strong wind and the pitch being fiery and to be honest it spoiled the first half, neither team really controlled possession and chances were limited to both teams.
At half time we reiterated to the players the importance of sticking to their tasks and the second half I felt we had some good passages of play and had a bit more sustained pressure and asked questions of the Kelty defence, again I can’t remember John Sinclair making a save second half. A draw was probably a fair result but I feel second half with a bit more composure in and around the box we maybe could have nicked it near the end.
Full Credit to the players as we got a big response from last week and to a man they were excellent. Our shape and togetherness were a huge positive and it’s another point in the right direction against the league leaders. We have a big week coming up for the club but all of our focus is on Wednesday’s game away to a good Hill Of Beath side. I’ve said in the past we have aims this season we want to achieve and we will go there looking to get a positive result and we’ll take confidence from yesterday’s performance.We’ll have a light session on Monday to prepare and it will give us time to work on things.
Lastly, I’m absolutely delighted for young John Sinclair, our goalkeeper, he’s worked really hard off the park with our goalkeeping coach MarkMurray and his rehab program after breaking his ankle and he has done very well yesterday in his overall performance. John has a great attitude and is growing into a very good keeper and next season he should be looking to challenge for the number 1 jersey and it will be really good competition for Iain Ross…”