Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson gives us his thoughts on his side’s 1-1 draw against second-bottom of the league side Jeanfield Swifts on Saturday. Read below what he had to say on the display of his side…
“We set up the team on Saturday with a very positive formation with the intent to have a go at Jeanfield but we started the game really sloppy and this set the tone for the first half. Jeanfield put us under a fair bit of pressure and went in 1-0 ahead at half time and deserved to.
I was really unhappy with our first half performance and too many times we got the basics wrong, Jeanfield had the better of the chances and put us under a fair bit of pressure. The disappointing thing was that they never outplayed us it was down to the fact we couldn’t deal with long balls, we gave the ball away cheaply, we didn’t match runners and Jeanfield picked up the majority of second balls. If you can’t get the fundamentals right you’ll struggle in any game.
At half-time we asked a question of the players and we needed a big response. We made a couple of changes early on in the second half as well as changing our shape and I felt we controlled large parts of the second half. We looked a bit more solid at the back and dangerous in attack and created some decent chances, finally equalising courtesy of Brian Clark’s goal. Overall I was disappointed with a draw but after our first half performance and having time to reflect it was probably the fair result and it keeps our unbeaten run going in our last 3 games.
I wasn’t too happy with Brian Clark’s (pictured left) second yellow card leading to him being sent off after he tackled the Jeanfield player in their corner, it was a clumsy challenge but there was no maliciousness in the tackle, the Jeanfields players reactions probably got him sent off which was really disappointing. Again after reflecting we’ve got to be happy with our start to the season, if you’d have said to me before the start of the season that we’d have 24 points and still in all of the cup competitions I would have taken it. The players have set high standard but only taking 2 out of a possible 18 points in our last 6 league games isn’t good enough and has taken a bit of shine of our good start. We’ll train hard over the next 2 weeks and we have 2 friendlies arranged over the festive period. We need to keep our fitness levels up as this has really improved this season and we can see the benefit of this in the last 15 minutes of games.
Also, I’ll hopefully announce our new assistant manager come Tuesday or Wednesday and if he agrees to come in it’ll give us a real boost and he’ll make a big impact and bring freshness and new ideas to the club so watch out for that this week ahead…”