Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson gives his thought’s on his side’s narrow but crucial win over St Andrews United last night at Whitton Park in the league. Despite it not being a great performance, three points and another clean sheet is what matters to him. Read below what Keith had to say on the game…
“Last night for me was one of our biggest games of this season in terms of trying to pull away from the relegation zone. I spoke to the players before the game about the importance of tonight’s game and that we wanted to play with a real tempo and high intensity. For the first 15 minutes last night I felt that we did this and played some really good stuff, we scored the goal through Kevin Buchan (pictured below), had another couple of efforts and probably should have had a penalty within this spell. It was disappointing that we never kept up this pressure for the remainder of the half and to be honest, we lacked a bit of spark leading up to half time although bar a couple of half chances from St Andrews we looked comfortable.
The second half started pretty much the way the first had ended, we looked one-paced and lethargic. This is possibly due to the numbers of games we have been playing recently. We tried to freshen things up by making a couple of changes and to be fair late on we got in a couple of good scoring positions without really troubling their keeper. Then before the end of the game, we had an injury concern with Jake Mair, hopefully, it’s not too serious and we’ll assess him over the next couple of days.
Overall I’m delighted to get another three points on the board and a clean sheet too but the players know their self that too many of them had an off night which resulted in us having a below par performance. The main thing was to get the win which we did, yes we would love to play well every week and win but last night was another case of winning ugly. Our aim as a club at the beginning of the season was to remain in the super league after our promotion from the Premier League and I think we aren’t far away from doing that and all of the players have to take credit.
We have another three big games coming up, in the league away to Penicuik on Saturday and two cup competitions next week at home against Jeanfield Swifts on the Wednesday night and Camelon the following Saturday, so we’ll need to improve performance wise to have a chance of getting positive results in these games…”