BAJFC manager Keith Gibson gives us his thoughts on Saturday’s game, drawing 1-1 away to Newtongrange Star. Read below what he had to say…
“Saturday’s game was another frustrating performance and result for us. We went to Newtongrange confident we could get a positive result and set up to do that. Before the game we emphasised about starting the game well and to play on the front foot but the first 10 minutes were very disappointing, we looked nervy, never won our headers defensively and gave the ball away cheaply although during this period Newtongrange never really threatened.
Once we settled into the game we started to put Newtongrange under some pressure and for me, in the last 30 minutes of the first half, we were on top of the game without really being at our best. We scored a great goal through Jamie Winter (pictured below in action during the game) after a decent passage of play. I felt we could have been 2 or 3 up with the clear-cut chances we had but again we aren’t clinical in front of goal at the moment. I think Iain Ross had one good save in the first half but apart from that he never had much to do.
At half time we stressed the importance of starting the second half well and to get the basics done right and to keep the ball moving, I wasn’t entirely happy with our first half performance as we were far from being where we can be but we gave ourself a great chance going in at 1-0 up. The second half started the same as the first half and set the tone for the whole of it. We were sloppy, our shape was poor and players never took responsibility collectively and individually. Newtongrange played the majority of the second half in our half but for me they never really cut us open or had many clear cut chances, it was really frustrating as we never got our foot on the ball and played passes, apart from a few break aways we never really created much and again this was disappointing.
Overall a draw was probably a fair result but to lose a goal in the 81st minute was a sore one to take. In the second half especially, we had too many players nowhere near where they can be and I’m sure they’d be the first to admit that. When things aren’t going our way that’s when we need to players to stick together and take responsibility but that just didn’t happen, the players have set a high standard at times this season and when we don’t get near that we need to question why.
You can look at all the different stats but a positive to take is that we’re now unbeaten in our last 3 league games and we’re still sitting 5th but we really need to start picking up wins. We have another tough game next week against Broxburn Athletic at home and we have a few niggly injuries which we will need to asses over the next week at training…”