Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson gives us his views on the narrow 2-1 away win in the Scottish Cup against hosts Johnstone Burgh on Saturday. Read below what he had to say about the game and his side’s performance…
“We started the game very well against Johnstone Burgh on Saturday and took a deserved lead after only 8 minutes courtesy of a great Danny Cavanagh strike. Our tempo was high and we moved the ball quickly on a very heavy difficult pitch. We created numerous chances on goal and got into some great positions but our final pass, cross or decision let us down.
Although we went in 1-0 up at half time I wasn’t entirely happy with the first half performance as after a great start we started to get a bit slack with our passing and dropped the tempo we were playing at, so we stressed to the players at half-time that we had to keep up the intensity and keep playing on the front foot.
Again in the second half we created plenty of goalscoring chances and got into some great positions but we just lacked that killer edge in front of goal. At 1-0 it can take one mistake or a lapse in concentration to let the opposition back in the game and that’s what happened. After dominating the majority of the game we then found ourselves at 1-1. After Burgh equalized we again created more chances without anything to show for it and it eventually took a late penalty to win the game with Jamie McCunnie (pictured left) converting.
Overall I don’t think anyone could grudge us the victory and if it wasn’t for poor finishing we could have been out of sight by halftime. It’s great to be in the hat for the next round and we’re looking forward to seeing who we draw in the next round. I had planned to have a friendly on Tuesday night but due to several injuries and players carrying knocks we’ll just train instead of in preparation for next week’s tough Super League game against Camelon at our place…”