Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson couldn’t hide his delight after his side stopped their ten game streak without a win in the league on Saturday defeating visitors Dundonald Bluebell 3-1. Read below what he had to say on the win, the teams’ performance and the next two fixtures…
“Before Saturday’s game against our visitors, Dundonald Bluebell, we set the players a target for our next three league games, with Fauldhouse and Newtongrange coming up next, as we know our league form has been poor of late and we want to put that right. We knew that Dundonald was going to be a tough game as they are on a great run but I felt if we applied ourselves the right way and went about business the way we can we could get the three points.
We actually started the game really well and put Dundonald under a lot of pressure early on. We created some good chances but just never had that cutting edge to find the net. It was disappointing after our good start as Dundonald came more and more into the game. We never got close enough to them all over the park and they deservedly took the league through a penalty. After this, we really rode our luck and Iain Ross has three unbelievable saves to keep us in the game. We were put under a lot of pressure and I was delighted to go in at half-time all square after our own penalty, with Shaka Roy scoring.
At half time we spoke to the players regarding a few things we could do better and the importance of the second 45 minutes for the club. Our display this half that’s was the best I’ve seen in recent weeks, led by our captain Jamie Winter(pictured right). We played at a high tempo and our passing and pace in the wide areas caused Dundonald all sorts of problems. I can’t really remember Iain Ross having much to do in the second half as we controlled large parts of it, our work rate and desire definitely pushed us on and in the end, we could have scored another two or three after Barry Myles and Kevin Buchan won us the game and I felt we deserved the three points.
A lot has been said about our form in the league of late and people in the local area have loved us not doing well, but no doubt someone will still have something to say. This has just spurred us on as a group and to be honest we’ve not been far away in the last ten league games, we’ve got a good group of players at the club and have a desire to do better than we did last season. We have ten league games left and we’ll be doing all we can to pick up as many points as we can. We play Fauldhouse United next week away from home and again it’s another massive game for the club, people will expect us to go there and win but we’re under no illusions as Fauldhouse are desperate for the points so it will be a really tough game but we’ll prepare for it this week in training…”